Since we spend a lot of time outside, Yummy discovers a lot of "treasures" out there to collect. Last summer I made her a treasure bag, inspired by the one in the book Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule (affiliate link below). While she suggests using vinyl window screen, I have found that the mesh bag my onion sets (for planting in my garden) come in is perfect for my little treasure hunters. I love how the dirt shakes out through the mesh while the treasures stay safely inside. Yummy uses her little bag often when she is out and about, and now that Dooter has taken to picking up stones and sticks in the yard, I decided to make him one as well. I didn't have any onion bags left (I made a couple treasure bags to give as gifts to some other intrepid explorers) but had a bit of mesh that I had cut off some dishcloths (they are supposed to be a wonderful combination between a dishcloth and a scrubbie, but I didn't like them -the scrubbie side always ended up facing down when I was trying to wipe the counter). Read on to see how quick and easy this little project is!
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You will need:
- a strip of fabric
- a rectangle of fabric for the word 'treasure' (I cut mine with pinking shears to keep the fraying to a minimum)
- a ribbon or string or strip of fabric for a strap
- embroidery thread
- sewing machine (not pictured)
Cut the fabric strip to fit the mesh (or vice versa). I folded the fabric strip in half and cut my two layers of mesh to fit.
Pin three edges of the mesh and sew shut, leaving the top open.
I use a zigzag stitch and go over it twice to sew the mesh firmly together.
Pin the fabric strip together and sew it into a continuous loop. Slide it into the inside-out mesh bag and pin it in place. Sew the mesh bag onto the fabric strip. I like to do two seams- one where the mesh ends to finish it off and another at the bottom of the fabric strip to hold it firmly in place.
I like to embroider the word, though in Handmade Home,
Amanda Blake Soule uses rubber stamps and ink. You could also write with fabric paint. I like to write out the word first so it is easy to see where I will embroider.
I use a backstitch. For a good tutorial, see New Leaf Handmade Goods' post on Drawing With Thread
Ta-da! Lovely. I love the texture of embroidery.
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Pin the word in place and sew it on.
Do the same with the handle on each side.
There you have it! Your small adventurer is ready to set off and collect all the things that catch his eye.