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« on: June 29, 2009 08:23:02 PM »

I had come across this tutorial a while back and decided I should make some for Christmas gifts.  I finally got around to them yesterday.  Roll Eyes
Unfortunately, my internet went down (for over 14 hours!) so I wasn't able to use that wonderful tutorial and had to wing it.  But, since I was highly inspired by said tutorial, I thought I would share it with you all.


Each bag has 27 items in it.  Of course I thought of more things I could have put in there... after I sewed them shut.   Roll Eyes  Hubby suggested having some kind of opening where I could change out the items inside, but I had terrible images of rice meeting carpet and had to veto that idea!



There is a word list behind the picture list, I just forgot to take a picture of it.
I know this has been done a million times before, but I was so tickled that I had to share Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2009 08:31:26 PM »

Christmas gifts?!Wow, you are on top of it girl!!  i am glad you posted this b/c i forgot about that great tut.  what did you put in there and what would you like to add to them?? (curious)
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2009 08:45:29 PM »

Christmas gifts?!Wow, you are on top of it girl!!  i am glad you posted this b/c i forgot about that great tut.  what did you put in there and what would you like to add to them?? (curious)

Oh... no ... I meant I had planned to make the for LAST Christmas.  LOL!!  Maybe I could hide them and save them for this Christmas?  Hmmm.
I have:
Buttons, erasers in the shape of bugs and animals, tiny dice, little polymer things I made (mushroom, fortune cookie, etc), coins, guitar pick, bread tie (the flat square kind), LEGOs, beads, and a strange plastic gemstone thing that I stole from hubby ... I think there were a couple more, but my brain has shut down for the night and I can't recall them.
I would have liked to add shrinky dinks of their names and maybe some favorite cartoon characters.  The names alone would have added 6 items to each bag (strange that all 3 recipients have 6 letters in their names).  Some novelty buttons, paperclips, those tiny plastic party favors that kids get in the goodie bags, etc.
If you make them, don't add anything sharp that could poke a hole or tear a seam. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009 09:43:54 PM »

These look great, one question though, is the back side a solid piece of fabric, or does it have a window too? Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2009 01:57:05 AM »

I love these - you've done a great job. I want to make one for my daughter for when we fly to Canada next year... looooooong flight! Will they let me take rice overseas... (I watch Border Patrol...) or is it a bit iffy? Can anyone suggest a non-food alternative?
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2009 06:00:39 AM »

Glad you found my tutorial and thank you for linking to it! 

I've found a great non-food alternative which also makes the bags look a little more "professional", though it's a bit pricey in the scope of the entire bag's cost: poly pellets.

They're tiny plastic pellets used to weight dolls or beanie babies.  You can find them online (google:"poly pellets") or in Jo-Ann near the doll making supplies.  Make sure you don't get the bean bag stuffing material -- it's lightweight and staticky and yucky. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2009 08:00:39 AM »

These look great, one question though, is the back side a solid piece of fabric, or does it have a window too? Thanks!

It's just a solid piece of fabric, but I don't see why you couldn't put a window on the back too.

I love these - you've done a great job. I want to make one for my daughter for when we fly to Canada next year... looooooong flight! Will they let me take rice overseas... (I watch Border Patrol...) or is it a bit iffy? Can anyone suggest a non-food alternative?

Well, the rice is completely encased, but I don't know the rules for taking things overseas. The poly pellets are a great option.

Glad you found my tutorial and thank you for linking to it! 

I've found a great non-food alternative which also makes the bags look a little more "professional", though it's a bit pricey in the scope of the entire bag's cost: poly pellets.

They're tiny plastic pellets used to weight dolls or beanie babies.  You can find them online (google:"poly pellets") or in Jo-Ann near the doll making supplies.  Make sure you don't get the bean bag stuffing material -- it's lightweight and staticky and yucky. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to create and post the tutorial.  Cheesy 
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2009 11:55:33 AM »

This idea is super cute! I don't have anyone young enough to craft for that would go crazy over it but it is still a great idea for when I do come along said people.

I had another thought, I think this option would be cheaper but I'm not positive. My thought is that instead of rice or polyfil why not bb pellets from walmart and such? (plus they come in fun colors for a little extra flare)
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