A Storytelling Bag

by Nicole

Work has had me busier than I’d like, which means my sewing machine has been gathering dust. I dusted it off this weekend to make a little bag as part of my mission to give my girls more storytelling practice.

More storytelling practice should make learning to read easier. I found an excellent book on Amazon – Show Me A Story by Emily Neuburger – that is filled with great storytelling ideas.

One of the ideas is to use photos as prompts for stories. I clipped photos from old magazines, glued them to card stock and laminated them.

Storytelling photos

I thought a patchwork bag would be a nice way to hold the photos and make it easy to bring on trips. To save time, I used this mini charm pack from the Airmail collection by the Comstocks.

Airmail mini charm pack

I used the tutorial on In Color Order to make a patchwork version of the lined drawstring bag. In case you are interested in doing something similar, I used 30 mini charms. I stitched two 3 by 5 patchwork units and a center accent piece that was 5.5″ x 10.5″ to make the main exterior sections. For the accent pieces, I used Essex linen in black. For extra stability, I added interfacing to the main exterior sections.

Thanks to the great tutorial, the bag came together quickly.

Storytelling drawstring bag

The drawstring is perfect for making sure we don’t lose any photos, while being easy for little hands to open and close.

Storytelling drawstring bag_casing

The bag holds all the photos and has plenty of room for digging around in and holding more photos.

Storytelling drawstring bag_inside

I am thrilled with how the bag turned out and even more thrilled that the kids are already starting to tell stories.

Storytelling drawstring bag_photos

Mission accomplished!

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Ellyn August 9, 2015 - 9:17 pm

what a wonderful idea and darling bag! they are going to have a wonderful time with that!

Debbie August 9, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Very sweet idea! Love the bag in patchwork.

margaret August 10, 2015 - 5:33 am

how good to be doing this for your girls they will have so much fun whilst learning with all these pictures, off to check out the tutorial for the lovely bag you have made now

Jolana August 10, 2015 - 2:53 pm

Great! Wonderful result and wonderful idea 🙂 And of course – very nice choice of fabrics 🙂
Have a nice summer! Jolana

Rosemary B❤️ August 10, 2015 - 3:48 pm

This is a great gift.
Cute mini charm pack too.
I like this idea. Kids need to learn those skills, and it is always great to get confidence skills from home. This brings back a lot of memories of keeping my girls busy during the summer, and just all the time.
I used to have a friend a loooong time ago that complained that all her boys wanted to do was play. "All they want to do is play play play" I thought that was a crazy thought. Hers and mine were still in preschool and elem school

I love this bag of ideas!

Bobbi Bridgeman August 11, 2015 - 2:06 am

This is brilliant! Using pictures to get kids thinking of stories is such a clever idea. Your bag for the pictures is perfect.

Patrice August 12, 2015 - 7:56 pm

What a great idea Nicole! The bag looks great.

J JONES August 14, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Adorable. The most obvious "Nicole Improv" is using the fun charm pac … But I think using interfacing was genius. Of course, your color choices (love the gray you picked) always amaze. Curious … which size bag did you use and did you just go off the tutorial and online info or did you order the pattern? Think I am going to invest in the pattern (my skill level is about intermediate/beginner — maybe a stretch … ;D

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