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Title: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: djbcrafty on October 04, 2007 10:25:33 PM
I thought I was done with Dora.  That I was moving on to more mature programming (like programming aimed at 5 to 7 yr olds is mature-HA!).  Then my 18 month old and her soon to be born sister (kicking her approval inside me) latched on to this board game at Value Village.  I guess there is something to be said about the characters appeal to kiddies young and old!

So instead of doing the “Twister” rain coat I had planned for my first challenge (a project for another day!) I ended up with the Dora tote…Set the tote next to toddler and happily occupied toddler will spend 15 minutes telling you all about the pictures, then another 10 spinning spinner and looking at goodie bag goodies!

Here's the game I started with:



Next, I peeled the game off of its cardboard backing, dipped into my stash of fabric for some lime green denim and some black bias tape and started sewing away!



To make the strap, I used my handy dandy packing tape, taped the cards together and bound the edges to give it a bit more strength.



Now what to do with the 3 character holders?  Since I was missing 1, I decided to use them as standoffs for the bottom of the bag.  I drilled a hole through each one and put them in a line in the middle of the bottom of the bag.  Boy, was I surprised that they worked!  They do keep the bag off the ground.



I went back to the black cardboard game backing, cut out an insert for the inside of the bag, to help shape that bottom a bit (worked like a charm and looks good too!)



Then I had these leftover pieces… from the spinner I made a pouch, from the left over cards a little key ring book, and the characters I just put inside loosely.  My toddler spent quite some time pulling Dora out and putting her back in!




And at the end, I added a “Backpack” button:  all done! TADA!



This was a fun challenge, and a fun bag to make!  I also found a Disney trivia game (with pieces missing) and am thinking it would be interesting to make a diaper bag out of it!
I'll let you all know what happens!  (next, I'm still looking for Twister for that raincoat!)


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: semicharm86 on October 04, 2007 10:44:56 PM
sooo awesome!


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: Saphrodite on October 04, 2007 10:48:12 PM
AMAZING! I love the spinner pocket.   ;)   


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: Narimasu on October 04, 2007 11:06:04 PM
That is a a really nice bag! You did a wonderful job on it, and it's a great idea!! I might have to see what kind of characters my grandtoddlers (can't really call them babies any more as they are 2 1/2 and 3 now) like and make them bags.


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: djbcrafty on October 04, 2007 11:12:22 PM
Thank you! Thank you! 

I made the spinner pouch so it can come in and out of the purse...it was one of those last minute, midnight, before you go to sleep ideas...you know that last bit that can't wait till morning! :)

It always amazes me how much my youngsters dictate my life...and now my crafts!  But it really was a fun project to make! :)


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: TwistMySister on October 05, 2007 04:14:30 AM
a rain coat out of twister is a great idea!!!!


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: KittyCreates on October 05, 2007 05:43:54 AM
Cute!  I love the tute! (unintentional rhyming there)


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: allyinthevalley on October 05, 2007 08:28:52 AM
How very sweet! My daughters would love it!


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: patty_o_furniture on October 05, 2007 08:50:09 AM
Love it!! LOVE IT!!!  My girls would die for something like that!  Good Job!


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: djbcrafty on October 05, 2007 09:56:56 AM
Thank you!  My little one is playing with it as I type! she's lugging her toys back and forth. :)


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: barbkang on October 05, 2007 10:06:12 AM
Love this!! you did such a wonderful & professional looking job! if only my daughter hadn't grown out of dora... ;D


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: swtater123 on October 05, 2007 11:04:23 AM
That bag is really great!  My daughter saw it and loved it.  I thought my twister rain poncho idea was one of a kind!  I searched all the thrift stores for twister with no luck, and couldn't bring myself to buy a new one and chance ruining it!  I also wasn't sure if it counted as a "board" game.  I might try one day!


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: djbcrafty on October 05, 2007 12:19:52 PM
Thanks!  You all are so nice! :)

Like I said:  I thought I was out of the Dora woods!  Guess not!  I'm starting all over again...this project did make it fun even if some of my friends (all with older children) thought I was a tad insane (but then they all quickly realized:  "oh yeah, she'll have two little ones soon!) 

Now if only there was a tellatubbies game out there. My insanity would be cemented! :)

I searched for a used twister too...and still am, because I tell you that rain coat will get made one day!  I did find "twister moves" which is a dance version of Twister, but I want something more recognizable! Of course with all these great monopoly ideas I may revise the rain coat! :)


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: sarebear62 on October 05, 2007 12:57:19 PM
Now if only there was a tellatubbies game out there. My insanity would be cemented! :)
 :)

I've got a Telletubbies Play Dough game around here somewhere, that came in a square tin.  When I got it, it was for quite a bit off price-wise, too!  My dd is almost 9, so teletubbies were "hotter" back then (back then? was it so long ago? eeee, she's growing up!)

I've got no use for it, I'd be happy ;D to send it to you instead of throwing it out.  PM me (I'm fairly new to craftster, this does have a pm, right?)

MARVELOUS bag.  Did you use packing tape or clear vinyl or anything on the gameboard facing/peel panel of the bag, so it won't tear, etc? ;D


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: betzi on October 05, 2007 03:00:50 PM
ok, as a mom of 2 Dora-obsessed kiddos, i can honestly say that this is brilliant!  my kids would sh!t themselves if their mama made them something so "cool"! 

In my best Dora impersonation:

You did it!  Hooray!


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: djbcrafty on October 06, 2007 08:36:14 AM
Thank you! It's funny how the older kids were bummed they couldn't play the game...all of a sudden it's all about Dora with all my kiddies!  The younger ones just think its a fun bag! :)

I used what I had on hand for the bag: packing tape to hold the card strap together, and to "glue" the ends of the game together so it would hold it's shape.  The fabric runs under the game, so I figured it was sturdy enough.  The game has a thin coat of laminate on it so I figured I didn't need to add anymore.

If i wasn't preggers I would have considered spraying a thin coat of polyurethane over the whole front of the bag...I've done that in the past with mostly good results.


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: childs play on October 06, 2007 10:03:39 AM
Very nice! My kids would love that. I have another one on the way too and I think a diaper bag like this would be awesome too!


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: joanieponytail on October 21, 2007 03:48:19 PM
What a clever idea. And well done.

I bet it is much better at keeping an 18 month old occupied than the game itself would have been.


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: Sassenach_Mel on November 07, 2007 11:51:35 AM
I LOVE your bag!! If you don't mind, I'm going to steal the idea for a Christmas present - using an old Chutes & Ladders board.  But I do have to ask - how did you get the game off the board without ripping it?? 


Title: Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)
Post by: Amelianutting on January 11, 2010 09:02:14 AM
I love the project you made. I am looking for a twister game board too for a halloween costume. Goodwill today!