Keep Little Ones Busy With A DIY Kids Activity Pack
Looking for creative ways to keep the little ones entertained in waiting rooms, restaurants, and more? We’ve got you covered with this DIY kids activity pack that you can fill with all their favourite supplies – perfect for an hour or two of creativity and craft on the go! Check out Becky Cole’s step-by-step sewing tutorial below, and discover exactly how to create your own…
Time to Make: 2-3 hrs
Skill Level: Beginner
You Will Need:
- Fabric panels cut to the following sizes:
- Back (outside) (1) and front (inside) (2) panels 55cm x 34cm
- Large side pocket (3) 50cm x 34cm
- Strip holder (4) 8cm x 26cm
- Pen Holder pocket (5) 26cm x 14cm (cut x2)
- Top pocket (6) 12cm x 22cm (cut x 2)
- Pocket flap (7) 6cm x 22cm (cut x2)
- Handles (8) 6cm x 26cm (cut x2)
- Fastening tab (9) 8cm x 10cm
- Wadding 55cm x 34cm
- Hook and loop tape 2.5cm x 4cm
- Plastic popper (and the punch kit to attach it)
- Fabric shears
- Sewing Machine
- Complementary sewing thread
- Tape Measure
- Straight pins
- Fabric marker
- Pens or colouring implements
How To Make Your Own Kids Activity Pack
First, take strip holder piece (4) and fold it in half lengthways. Stitch a 1cm seam allowance down one long side and one short side. Trim the excess from the corners and turn it through. Press. This method forms the basis for construction of this whole project.
Next, take your large side pocket (3) and fold and press it in half widthways. Lay it so the folded edge is to your left and the raw edges are along the top, bottom, and right. Place the strip holder (4) horizontally across the fabric, 3cm down from the top edge, with the sewn end lined up with the folded edge and the raw end with the raw side.
Top stitch the sew end to the fabric and pin the other end in place. Place your inside panel (2) flat, face up on your work surface. Lay the folded side pocket (3) on top of the fabric, lining up the three raw edges with the edges of the panel. Pin and stitch in place with a 0.5cm seam allowance around the 3 raw edges.
Take both pen pocket pieces (5) and join them together in the same way you did your first strip, only this time stitch all the way around all 4 sides and corners, leaving a gap along the bottom edge. Turn it through, pull out the corners, and press. Position the pocket on the bottom left-hand corner of the inside piece (2), approximately 2.5cm from the left and bottom edges. Pin in place and top stitch around the two sides and bottom edge, fixing it in place and closing the gap in the seam.
Using your fabric marker and ruler, mark vertical lines 2cm apart all the way along. Top stitch over the lines, going over each one twice. This should give you 12 pen-sized pockets. If you are using larger pens, you may need to adjust the width of the channels to accommodate.
Construct your top pocket (6) and pocket flap (7) in the exact same way as you did your pen pocket. For the pocket flap, leave the gap for turning through along the top edge. Place some of your pens in their pockets to make sure you are leaving a big enough gap between the top of the pens and the top pocket. Pin your pocket in place so that it sits just above the top of the pens and centrally in line with the pocket below. Top stitch around the two side and bottom edges, securing in place. Line up the pocket flap so that it sits over the pocket. There should be around 2.5cm between the top edge of the flap and the top edge of the inside piece (2). Pin along the top edge and top stitch in place along this edge only.
Mark the centre of the pocket flap and make a hole with an awl. Insert the male popper stud and fix in place. Mark a corresponding hole on the pocket and fix the female stud here. Your pocket should now fasten.
To make the handles, take one of the handle pieces (8), and fold it in half lengthways, right sides together. Stitch along the long edge and turn it through and press. Top stitch down both sides. Repeat with the second handle piece (8).
Pin the raw edges against the side edges of piece (2) in a loop, 10 cm from the top and bottom edges.
Take the tab piece (9) and construct it in exactly the same way you did the strip holder (4) in step 1. When you have turned it through, line up the hook side of your tape with the stitched end of the tape. Top stitch the hook tape in place.
Take the back piece (1) right sides up and line up the raw edge of the tab with the centre of the left side of the fabric panel. Pin in place and stitch with a 0.5cm seam allowance. Take the corresponding piece of loop tape and position it along the right side, centrally, 3cm in from the edge. Top stitch in place.
Take the wadding piece and lay it flat on your work surface. Lay the back piece (1) right side up on top, making sure the Velcro tab is laying inside. Next, place the inside fabric (2) on top, right side face down, making sure the handles are sitting inside. Stitch a 1cm seam all the way around leaving a gap along the bottom edge. Trim the excess from the corners and turn through. Pull out the corners and press.
Stitch a line of top stitching all the way around the outside a few mm in from the edge to close the gap. Finally, mark the centre fold of the holder and stitch a line of top stitching along this line.
Your kids activity pack is now complete, and ready to be filled with all your little one’s favourite creative supplies! Looking for more creative ways to keep the little ones busy? Check out more of our kids craft ideas right here.