I Spy Bags make great “quiet time” toys! Typically, these little bean bags are filled with Poly Pellets, then decorative buttons and novelty toys the child can search for through the vinyl window. This bag has a unique twist: it contains pictures of extended family for your little one to find! A great way for relatives to feel connected, even when they’re far away. Note: the names on the list are blurred for privacy.
1 piece of fabric, cut into two 9×9 squares
1 bag Poly Pellets (Wal-Mart carries these in their craft section)
1 8 x8 piece vinyl (Wal-Mart carries this as well, on big rolls)
Chipboard or cardboard (to reinforce photos)
Printed photos, 1×1 inch, 2 of each photo (to make a front and back)
Printed list of family members’ names
Scrapbook paper (optional)
Sewing machine, thread, scissors or paper cutter
Cut your fabric into two 9×9 inch squares. Cut a square in the center of ONE piece of fabric, leaving a 3 inch border on all sides. Then cut a piece of vinyl that is almost the same size as your fabric square (it will shift a lot during sewing, so it’s best to have extra).
Make small diagonal slits in each corner of the fabric. Turn the fabric over and fold the edges of the rectangle behind the window for a nice seam. Lay the vinyl on top and sew pieces together.
Now we’ll add the printed list of names. You can mount it on scrapbook paper if you’d like. Put on the left side of the window; make sure you can see all the words through the vinyl. Use a zig zag stitch to sew a box on top of the list to secure in place. Now you can trim the vinyl, leaving just a 1/4 inch border on each side.
Lay the two pieces of fabric on top of each other, right sides together. Pin in place, then sew together, leaving a 2-inch hole for turning right side out.
Now take your printed pictures and adhere WELL to a piece of chipboard. Cut into squares, then adhere the copy of the photo to the other side of each piece. Use plenty of adhesive, you don’t want the pictures to peel off.
Turn bag right-side out, then add the family photos. Fill with Poly Pellets. Do not overstuff, the child needs to be able to manipulate the bag to find the pictures. Sew seam shut.