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Animal House Bag

Added Aug 11, 2010

by micbrown

North Hobart, Au...






This is a fun little bag for my new niece of nephew who is due to enter the world in October.

It’s more fun than practical. The roof flap is held down with a magnet and each animal has their own window pocket. There is a main lined bag compartment . The animals are supposed to have their arms attached with buttons so so they can move and stay in different positions but I just sewed them into the body to reduce choking risk. The animal were hard to make beacuse at first I used losely woven materials – they frayed too much and holes appeared in the arms and legs of the animals when I turned them out. I had to clip quite close to the stitching to be able to turn these little pieces out.

The sewing around the curved edges and around the windows was tricky and involved alot of unpicking – I wish my Elna had a speed control on it. The machine topstitching on the windows was a complete debacle – I had to abandon that and hand stitch,which was quicker than sewing and unpicking the first window 27 times. Any suggestions on how to easily sew curves and circles would be appreciated at this time.

The animal features are hand stitched.

The pattern is by Jodie Carleton http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com. Check out her selvedge dress – Sooo Impressive!!!! So Clever

The pattern was easy to follow if you actually used the suggeted materials and didn’t baby proof it as I did.

Material Notes

Cotton, fusible padded lining, bias tape, ebroidery thread




Garment Type


Jodie Carleton

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    Aug 11, 2010, 10.29 AMby littlelupin

    adorable. actually my b/f would love this even more than my 7month old!

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      Aug 11, 2010, 12.38 PMby micbrown

      Thank you. The animals can fit right down in the pockets so they are safe when the bag goes out for adventures with its owner ( just their little faces poke out). I do think the monkey is very handsome. He’s made of denim.

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    Aug 11, 2010, 08.00 AMby sunriseruby

    I love it :-)

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    Aug 11, 2010, 06.02 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i love love love this! so cute (and i would have had difficulties too to give it away!)

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    Aug 11, 2010, 05.34 AMby nessys

    This is soo cute and soo cool – you’ve done a fab job. Love those animals!!

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      Aug 11, 2010, 05.44 AMby micbrown

      Thanks, It was hard parting with it. I only just finished it in time for the baby shower so I didn’t have enough time to get really attached to it. The animals really came to life once I stitched their little faces.

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