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Friday, March 23, 2012

The Art of Travel:Seuss Themed I-Spy Bag Tutorial

We have a vacation coming up. Yay!! Only problem is it also includes a long car ride. Boo!

In an effort to keep the girls entertained, I decided to try my hand at making some busy bags.

I recently got some really cute Dr. Seuss material and decided to make that the theme of the busy bag. 

I ended up making four, two for us and two for friends. Each one is different. 

I could not find any small Dr. Seuss figurines, erasers, buttons, etc. and I didn't have the time to round up theme related objects, so I bought some Dr. Seuss foam stickers and made my own miniature Dr. Seuss books. 

To make the books, I  purchased an assortment of Woodsies rectangular shapes. This allowed me to make 3 different sizes of books. I then took the covers of 25 Dr. Seuss classics and resized them to fit the different rectangles. Next, I printed and cut them out. Finally, I modge podged the photos on either side of the wooden rectangles, three coats on each side. (I know I'm crazy, but I promise they are really cute.)

I also dyed white rice a nice Seuss-y blue for the filler. Just add 2 tbsps of rubbing alcohol and 20-25 drops of blue food coloring per small bag of rice. You will need 2-3 cups per I-spy bag.

To make the accompanying booklet, I placed the 25 foam stickers for each bag on my scanner (they are all different, b/c there were only two of each sticker). I made the scanned image the inside of the booklet and used the book covers for the front and back of the 5.5" x 8.5" booklet. I printed the booklet on photo paper and covered it with contact paper. Now, they can use a dry-erase markers to cross off objects as they find them. 

To make the bags, I used a tutorial from Today's Mama, that I found on pinterest.

For the plastic material, I used a clear shower curtain. 

I am definitely a beginner when it comes to using a sewing machine, but all in all I am pleased with the finished product.


  1. This looks pretty awesome! Now on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing

  2. Hello Katie,

    I love it, I always look for innovative ideas to entertain the kids while we travel. I work for http://www.familytripfinder.com and therefore I spend a lot of time on flights and car journeys with my kids.

    I will check your blog from time to time for your great ideas!


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