Bucks Bag


Bucks Bag

by Krissy Schenck
(Fishers IN)

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I made this so my children would have a bag of entertainment while I enjoyed my morning mocha at Starbucks. The beauty of it is that it can be simplified for younger students and blinged-out for older students. It can also be tailored to meet the desire of each child. My girls are between 4 and 7, so we made a simplified version.

1. Select what items the child would like to bring to the coffee shop and lay them on a long piece of material so you can see how much you will need. I chose a double sided quilting fabric so one side has a different print than the other and it is thicker than plain fabric.

Allow for a double folded quarter inch stitch around the entire material and then cut to the size of your needs. Lay the items out toward the top of the material to allow for space to fold up the pocket from the bottom. Stitch the top and bottom seams.

2. Select a ribbon for the tie. I made mine with a thick ribbon that was folded. I then put my child's choices on the mat and then folded the bottom portion up to form a pocket. I pinned this so I could measure the middle from this point so I could see where to sew each side of the ribbon to the project.

Stitch the ribbons so they flare outward from the project. Double fold the side seams about a quarter of an inch and stitch the left and right seams.

3. Fold the project in half like a book to mark the middle with a pin. Open it back up and then lay the items out again on top of it. I folded the pocket back up from top to bottom and made sure there was enough room for each item. Stitch the sides of the project so that the one large pocket is coming up from top to bottom.

4. Lay out your items again and mark where you want your pockets. (Old Maid, Granola Bar and Magazine/Paper holder in demo.) Stitch from top to bottom to make your individual pockets as needed.

5. Lay your top item on your project. (Pencils in the demo.) Place pins at the end of the box, in the middle of top, bottom and sides. Remove the item and lay a ribbon from left to right and from top to bottom, with ends long enough to tie the bows. Repeat with the top to bottom. Only sew between the pins for this step, allowing the ends to be used for ties.

Note: For the savvy sewers, the corners of your layout might require you to change the needle. My girls and I are not that savvy, so we hand stitched the thick corners where it all came together and was a bit thick.

My three daughters all carry different things, from markers, to IPOD Touch, to books, to UNO. Design your pockets and project size to what your child needs.



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Jan 10, 2011
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This is incredible!
by: Anonymous

For years I have lugged my kids toys to the local coffee spot in those reusable "green" totes acquired at every grocery market. Although it gets the job done, they are so unwieldy they often cause more issues than the solve.

They are also bigger than my kids, and are so big we tend to tote every possession they have. This is the perfect size and so very classy! Thanks for the idea!

Jan 10, 2011
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Very cute!
by: Amy

What a great thing to teach your kids - I just can't imagine my boys wanting to do it, but maybe I should push away those stereotypes! I'm impressed!

Jan 10, 2011
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Super Cute!
by: Carrie

Love how cute this is! My daughter is dying to learn to sew, and would love to make a project such as this, for herself! What a great way to keep things together - without them ending up at the bottom of Mom's purse!

Jan 10, 2011
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Genius!
by: DMM

How Smart! What a great way to bundle up some activities for your daughter. This is perfect for travel and the personalization options are endless....Nice!

Jan 09, 2011
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Nice!
by: Kirsten J.

How fun is this! I would love to see the finished project in person... could be something fun for the preschool classes to do as a send home for summer fun stuff!

Jan 09, 2011
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Yippee!
by: AMS

I know my kids will be so excited when they help create their own custom bag to use while we are out and about.

With the simple instructions it will be a breeze to use items I have on hand in the house. What a great idea!

Jan 09, 2011
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Yippee!
by: AMS

I'm sure my kids would say Yippee when they see their own custom made bag for the goodies when we are out and about!

It's also nice because you can use what you already may have on hand. Great idea!

Jan 08, 2011
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Awesome!!!
by: Cortelyou

What a great way to encourage kids to be practical, organized, and creative! This is adorable and so kid friendly! Way to go, K! You rock!!!!

Jan 08, 2011
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Great idea!
by: LLZ

Great way to easy bring something fun and keep things organized and not all over your car!

Jan 08, 2011
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great idea
by: Anonymous

Such a unique way to engage your children while relaxing and having your coffee! So much fun for you and them!


Jan 08, 2011
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LOVE IT
by: Anonymous

What a great idea! This would be awesome for my girls to have on hand. I get so tired of them having an electronic gadget in their hand all the time.

After reading the instructions I think I could even make this and I do well to sew on a button and mend a tear.

Jan 08, 2011
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love it
by: Anonymous

I love this project.

Ironically I just heard a story yesterday how a friend let's her 5 year old play Nintendo as a babysitter while she drinks coffee at Starbuck's. Sounds like you have a better idea and better way to engage the kids!

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