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Topic: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...)  (Read 18123 times)
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« 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 toteSet 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!)

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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2007 10:44:56 PM »

sooo awesome!

« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2007 10:48:12 PM »

AMAZING! I love the spinner pocket.   Wink   

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« Reply #3 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.

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« Reply #4 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! Smiley

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

« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007 04:14:30 AM »

a rain coat out of twister is a great idea!!!!

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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007 05:43:54 AM »

Cute!  I love the tute! (unintentional rhyming there)

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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2007 08:28:52 AM »

How very sweet! My daughters would love it!

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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2007 08:50:09 AM »

Love it!! LOVE IT!!!  My girls would die for something like that!  Good Job!
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« Reply #9 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. Smiley

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