|travel activity packs ready to go :)|
** update: full tutorial at the end of this post **
today we are continuing on for taking pinterest 365 on the road in a couple of days to singapore! but first we need to get there and entertain the kids on the way so it will be a pleasant 10 hour flight without whinning ... right kids? actually they are very good travellers and while they have travelled this amount of time in a car plenty of times, it will be their first long haul flight, so best to be well prepared!
luckily pinned to my home school projects board are lots of travel games and travel kit ideas .. thank goodness for pinterest in moments like these! i am going to use the lovely stitch craft creations idea of a travel game folder and the ideas from the original cloth one by creating my way to success. both of these girls have fantastic sites if you love crafting or sewing :) i am also using the free printables from free puzzles, family fun, and game ideas for kids.
|the basics for what you need to make the fabric folder and|
some of the free games i printed out in A5
|pinning the pockets to the inside panel|
|pinning the dreaded straight seam required down the middle!|
|all the goodies for inside the travel folder|
thanks so much to the wonderful creations from stitch craft creations and creating my way to success, i have made some travel activity packs i am really proud of ... their websites are full of fantastic craft creations which are totally inspiring. and thanks to some awesome free printables from ree puzzles, family fun, and game ideas for kids these folders were a breeze to fill with fun games :)
updated full instructions:
You need to cut five pieces of fabric and one piece of stiffening:
· 2 pieces of fabric 15” x 10” and one piece of stiffening the same size .
· 1 piece of fabric 15” x 7” … with this piece iron in half right side out so you have a piece that is 3 ½” x 15”
· 1 piece of fabric 15” x 11” … and do the same with this piece, iron in half right sides out so you end up with a piece 5 ½” x 15”
· 1 piece of fabric 15” x 16” … and do the same with this piece, iron in half right sides out so you end up with a piece 8” x 15”
· Cut two pieces of ribbon 12” each
Once you have all the pieces cut go to your ironing board or a flat surface as we are going to put the top and pockets together before you start sewing.
· Start with the piece of 15” x 10” piece right side up
· Next put the 8” x 15” piece so the bottoms match up, there will be about a 2” gap at the top, pin in place
· Next the 5 ½” x 15” piece so the bottoms match up once again, pin in place
· Next the 3 ½” x 15” piece so the bottoms match up, pin in place
It should look like this:
|pinning the pockets to the inside panel|
Then sew ¼” seams down the short sides, this will attach your pockets in place
Next step is to add the back, interfacing, and ribbon
· If you have iron on interfacing, iron it onto the piece of 15” x 10” yet to be used on the wrong side, obviously!
· If not using iron on interfacing, using a flat surface again place the interfacing down
· Then lay the unsewn piece of fabric 15” x 10” on top right side facing up at you
· At half way along the shorter side put the ribbon on each side so that an inch is out past the width of the fabric … this will sew the ribbon in place
· Then grab the piece of fabric with the pockets and place it right side down to finish the material sandwich
· Pin all pieces together around the outside. If you pick it up you should have interfacing on one side and the wrong side of the fabric facing you on the other side, with an inch of ribbon hanging out at either short side J
· Sew around the perimeter of the sandwich but leave a 3” gap so you are able to turn it inside out once sewn. Sew using a ½” seam.
· I then zigzagged around the entire perimeter (except the gap) to reduce any fraying.
· Before turning inside out cut off the corners, being carefully not to cut into your stitching … this step is totally optional but it makes it less bulky in the corners when you turn it right side out J
Once you have sewn around the perimeter, turn right side out and iron. You may need to poke the corners out with a pencil or closed scissors or something similar. Hand sew the gap used to turn your creation inside out.
The final step is to pin down the centre of the travel pack and sew the straightest line you can!
Once this is done you are finished! Good luck and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to email me J