Monday, December 26, 2011

Pretend Play Mail Bag

Christmas has come and gone and I can’t believe the New Year is around the corner. I loved being able to make so many of my gifts this year (even though it took most of my time…yikes). One of the things that I loved to make were these pretend play mail bags and mail boxes. I know that my kids LOVE to be able to pretend, so I thought this could be a fun gift. I made my kids a mail box for their playhouse a while back so I just replicated what I had made and added a mail bag. I was happy with how they turned out and I think they were a hit!

Mail bag

I used a upholstery weight fabric for the bag and a regular cotton for the lining of the flap.


For the mailbox I just used extra 1x4 that we had in the back yard. I also make sure I had 2 hinges for each mailbox. I used vinyl to write mail on the box.


Here are the 3 mailboxes and mailbags that I made for some special kiddos.

To make them I first cut out 4 pieces of fabric. 3 were from the upholstery weight fabric and 1 -10x12 from a piece of cotton.

pieces needed

Then round the corners of the 10 x 12 squares using a bowl as the pattern.

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I then sewed right sides together then turned them out and ironed. I then sewed the 10x10 pieces together and turned them inside out and ironed. I then stitched the top edge of the bag at a 1/4” inch seam.

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I stitched the top flap on the pack of the bag and then just sewed the strap to the side of the bag. I used freezer paper to do the words “MAIL” on the bag (if you have never used freezer paper check out the tutorial here) and then painted with fabric paint, and they were done!


These were pretty easy to make and didn’t take too long. Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed time with family and friends.

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