ISpy Bag Tutorial

from Whitney Sews

Many years ago I made something called an ISpy Bag for a Whitney Sews tutorial.  I saved the ISpy bag until I had kids and they loved playing with it for quite a while.  That bag met a terrible fate (the corner of a tile step) and I thought it would be fun to make another one using some different techniques. So that is what I’m sharing today.

If you don’t already know, an Ispy bag is a pouch with a clear vinyl window in the front.  It is filled with some sort of filler (rice, plastic pellets, beads, etc) along with little trinkets the person can try to find inside.  They are great for young children who need something to keep their hands and minds busy (but to be honest, I love playing with them too!)

My original ISpy bag was unfinished inside and those raw edges could be seen through the vinyl.  I’m sure I’m the only person it ever bothered, but I found it very annoying!  So my main goal with this bag was to find a way to fully finish the inside and outside…and I succeeded!

This bag is PERFECT for using fabric scraps!

You will need to cut the following pieces

Front Top/Bottom - (2 outer and 2 lining) 4 x 1.5 inches
Front Sides - (2 outer and 2 lining) 5 x 1.5 inches
Vinyl - (1) 4 x 4 inches
Backing - (1 outer and 1 lining) 5 x 5 inches

Once all your pieces are cut you are ready to sew.  Watch my step by step sewing tutorial HERE!

I put my ISpy bag in our car kit so my kids can enjoy it while we’re driving to and from town (longer distance now that we live rurally!).  I’ll be sharing everything in our car kit this Friday on my vlog channel.  You can subscribe now (HERE) so you don’t miss the video when it comes out!  Until next time, Happy Sewing!