I Spy the Letter I

I is for I Spy Bag

I have seen lots of different I Spy games, but I hadn’t seen a bag like this until my mother-in-law pulled a homemade one out for the grandkids. The little ones weren’t all that interested, but I had to find every item on the list before I could put it away. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of I Spy or anything, but if you put it in front of me I have to do it. It’s like a to-do list, I can’t just leave it sitting undone.

Create a paper funnel for easy assembly.

So, I had a lot of fun making these bags for my boys (or me, let’s be honest). I didn’t make a list of what was in them because my boys can’t read anyway and I am way too busy to allow that to-do list to distract me. If you are making one for older kids I would highly recommend adding a list of items to find. 

Put vinyl side down when sewing. I tried the other way on the left side of the yellow and it went badly.



Here’s what you need to make one:
  • 2 pieces of fabric   
  • 1 piece clear vinyl – I found some at Walmart
  • plastic pellets – Joann’s with coupon (This was the cheapest answer when I purchased mine. I did a lot of price comparing.)
  • Small items to find 
For fabric I used a cotton for one and… ok, honestly I don’t know what the second one is. It was on the clearance rack and I bought it and I didn’t check. It’s rayon, maybe? I don’t know. You can just use whatever fabric you have lying around. Please note: I pieced my front panel together rather than just cutting out the center rectangle. You can do it either way. 

Cut the clear vinyl to be about an inch bigger than your hole on every side. It is very challenging to keep in place when sewing and you want to make sure you don’t accidentally leave any gaps. 

I first tried using foam beads from the dollar store rather than pay for the plastic pellets. Unfortunately, the beads were so light they always remained on top making it impossible to find the items. 

“Just open it so I can get the toys!”


You can really fill it with any small items you choose. I bought most of mine at the dollar store. One fun way to personalize it is to add the letters of the child’s name.



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