Handmade Finn soft boxy bag for playdough storage

Boxy Zip Bag

Pattern  Finn Soft Boxy Zip Bag
Fabric exterior: Cotton bunny fabric
interior: Yellow cotton fabric
Notions  Zip

Our two year old has begun to accumulate pots of playdough, which he is very enthusiastic about, along with quite a collection of associated cutters and tools. When we tidy away at the end of the day, we’ve been putting them in large clear plastic bags with no closure, which means the contents are at the mercy of spilling out, as well as not being particularly attractive.

I was keen to make a closable fabric bag to store them all in, and browsed the internet looking for the perfect pattern. While there are a vast number of patterns and tutorials out there for zipper bags, many of them free, I was drawn back to the elegance of this boxy zip bag, and soon caved and purchased the pattern.

Construction Notes: I found the perfect contrasting fabrics in my stash to please our bunny-mad boy, and made the medium sized version of this bag, which yielded a pleated bag measuring about 9 inches by 5 inches when flat (the pleats then expand to give several more inches of width when in use). The pattern was relatively well written and pleasant to follow (and it was such a joy to be making something again!) although I found the initial stages, which involve repeated pressing and cutting to end up with a lining fabric slightly smaller than the exterior fabric, rather convoluted. When I make this bag again (and I can think of so many variations I’d like to make for various uses!) I think I’ll simply cut the lining fabric to the smaller size in the first place and centre it manually, before continuing with the rest of the instructions.

I’m thrilled with the resulting bag though. It has plenty of space for all the playdough pots and accessories, and was immediately adopted as a favourite item by our little one, who filled it up and carried it all over the house for days. When empty, it folds neatly to a flat rectangle, but is deceptively roomy when in use.