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I recently followed my own tutorial to make a birthday present for one of our sweet friends 6th birthday. I had originally created this pattern for the boys for a Christmas present to use as a scavenger nature study bag. They still use those bags when they go exploring so I thought it would be the perfect handmade and recycled treasures gift for our adventurous little friend.
I made a few changes to the pattern. I made it a little larger and used quilting fabric so I lined it with fusible fleece. The fabric is by Sarah Jane except for the blue dots. I believe the blue dots is an Amy Butler fabric. For the piping around the flap I covered existing piping. Even with the changes this bag only took about 2 hours total to create.
For the surprises on the inside we used recycled goods from the thrift store, items we found in the house, and we purchased 2 small treasures to make it complete. Inside there is a journal, artist pencil, flower press, sun flower seeds, compass, magnifying glass, and small expandable cage. Small treasures to help spark a desire to head outside and explore Gods beauty.