Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nature Bag

Last summer we took our four kids camping for the first time, previously our backyard had been as far as we had ventured to camp out. We were by no means travelling light as we crammed the six of us, two tents and all the other camping gear into the car. I knew I was going to get the 'really' face from my husband as I handed him a bag full of craft supplies..."Camping means packing light" he muttered.

He was very grateful later that evening however as he sat stoking the fire while the kids quietly sat making these nature bags. Once they had made and decorated them I handed them each a scavenger hunt and off they went.

Since camping last year the kids have used them many times, to gather things on nature walks, collect shells or just hold their treasures while playing in the backyard.

You will need:

Scrap material or felt
Embroidery thread
Wooden dowel / stick

Step 1

Take the felt or scrap material and cut to approx 12 inches by the length of the dowel (ours was 6 inches). Then fold the bottom up to create a pouch with an overhang.

Step 2

If you have older kids they can do the next part themselves but younger children will need help. You begin by knotting the end of the embroidery thread and puling it through the bottom corner, now use a blanket stitch up the side of the bag until you reach the opening. 

To sew a blanket stitch, thread the needle through the fabric and then loop the thread back around the needle as shown below.

Step 3

Repeat step 2 on the opposite side.

Step 4

Make 2 small holes through the fabric at base of flap, about an inch in from each side.

Next cut about 3ft of the twine and thread each end through a hole.

Tie to the dowel (or wooden stick if using).

Fold the flap over and you are ready to go.

When we went camping last year I gave the kids fabric pens to decorate their bags, 

Then they went scavenging...

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