It’s Thrift Gift Facelift (TGF) time!  Wait, what is TGF you ask?  It’s a little something Joanna and I have come up with to challenge each other to get creative!  We showed you our first go ’round last month and today we’re back for more!

Thrift Gift Facelift











So, here’s what Joanna gave me.  Fabric

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  That’s not from the thrift store!!!  Well, we’re flexible (and we make the rules!) and after striking out at the thrift store (you know how that goes!) she picked up this fabric remnant for me.  And I have to say I was pretty excited.  I love fabric!  And any excuse to sew!!

And that means a tutorial for you!

I Spy Bag Tutorial

I made an I Spy Bag for Cupcake!  What is an I Spy Bag you ask?  A quiet game for kids!  They can go looking for objects hidden in the bag.  So let’s go!

I Spy Bag Tutorial

Measure twice, cut once, and ignore the proportions in these pictures because I only measured once and cut once.

1 piece 8″ x 8″
2 pieces 1.5″ x 8″
2 pieces 1.5″ x 6″
1 piece of clear vinyl 6″ x 6″

Remember how I made a clear cinch bag for Minnie Mouse?  That little trick about using tape to help the vinyl feed through the machine?  Do that again.

I Spy Bag Tutorial

Start by sewing the short pieces to the top and bottom of the vinyl.

I Spy Bag Tutorial


Ignore my wide pieces.  This is where I realized I measured wrong and I had to chop some off.

Open your seams, then putting right sides together sew the longer strips on the left and right sides.

I Spy Bag Tutorial - mistake

There’s my boo boo…………that’s where I had to chop my pieces.  Cut a girl some slack.  I was making this up as I went along.

Moving on……..

I Spy Bag Tutorial

This is the out of focus picture you end up with.  Open up your seams again and this should measure 8″ x 8″.  Take your square of fabric and put it down, right sides together so you can sew around the whole thing.

I Spy Bag Tutorial


Of course leave an opening to turn your piece right side out.  Once you’ve turned it, start stuffing!  Fill ‘er up with Poly Pellets.

I Spy Bag Tutorial

And your treasures!!

I Spy Bag Tutorial

I found this big bucket of beads on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  Lots of fun colors and shapes for Cupcake to spy.  Toss as many of those in there as you’d like and stitch your bag closed.

I Spy Bag Tutorial

Great your little one with a new toy when she wakes up in the morning and she’ll be so excited!

I Spy Bag Tutorial

She’ll analyze and search, and tell you the shapes and colors she finds. She approves.  And she plays quietly.  🙂

I Spy Bag Tutorial


And I have enough fabric leftover to make another!  Maybe Sweetey Petey needs an I Spy Bag, too?

Speaking of Sweety Petey……..head over to Midwestern Bite to see what I thrift gifted to Joanna and what she did with it!  Here’s a sneak peek.

Midwestern Bite

And if you gave a thrift store item a facelift be sure to link up your project below!

I would appreciate a link back!  🙂

And if you like to sew, be sure to check out the giveaway I have going on!

If you want to join us in this thrifting adventure we’ll be back next month with another reveal.  So grab a friend and play along!!  Due to the holiday we’ll give you a little extra time and reveal on the 9th.

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