Oh for the love of peace and quiet!

Being someone who really enjoys their cafe time in silence, I do struggle somewhat when the Littles are in tow. The King in particular gets bored quickly while Miss Ari likes to chatter. A Lot.

A solution is to lug toys and books around with us when on the go however this is generally remembered with a smack to the forehead once we arrive at the cafe empty handed.

Knowing how much I love a new accessoire, LadyMoss designed a sort of clutch purse for toys, perfectly at home on any table this side of the peninsula.

I’ve made one each for the Littles, using my favourite fabric of the moment, polka dot cordoroy on both, matched with navy for The King and pink liberty for Ari.

To make one toy clutch (what the hell the name stuck), you will need:

Two coordinating pieces of fabric measuring 32in x 10in (backing piece)

Two coordinating pieces of fabric measuring 32in x 6in (pocket piece)

green, blue, black, yellow and beige felt pieces

Matching grograin ribbon approx 80cm

the usual suspects – regular thread, invisible thread, machine, scissors etc.

Lay each set of same sized fabric right sides facing and using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew around the entire piece, leaving a 4 inch hole to turn it right way out.

Clip the corners, turn out and press, ensuring the open edges are firmly tucked into place.

Lay both pieces (pocket and backing) together with ends matching and pin in place. I used the cordoroy facing outwards and as the inner pocket, with the libery print as the lining.

Snip a piece of ribbon, fold in half and lay that end between both pieces. This will tie your toys in place!

Using a 1/4 inch foot if you have one, sew around all four edges, backstitching for strength over the ribbon and edges where the pocket fabric meets the backing, remember little hands are strong.

Measure every 5 inches from the edge seams all the way along your pocket piece and mark with a pic. These will form the little toy pouches yay!

Backstitching a few times at the opening of the pocket, sew from the top edge to the bottom seam to create a pocket.


This stage is complete, its now time to use your imagination and create a mini playmat before filling the pockets with toys!

My playmats measure 7in x 7 in of green felt. I sliced a road from black felt and little yellow markings. Cut a pond from blue felt ( I went crazy here and cut freehand) and a railway track from beige pieces.

Sew it all into place using invisible thread, I know the obsession continues…..

I popped an entire cache of treasure into the pockets, including matchbox cars, mini dinosaurs, bubble blowers, crayons, lego and a spinning top. I may be aiming high but I’m imagining a full hour at Bertoni in silence. just me and my ciambella, with two littles totally engrossed by their own imaginations.

All wrapped up and ready to go!

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  1. Bev

     /  June 27, 2012

    hmmmmm …This is lovely and could totally work to hold my quilting supplies !….love it but as I am not a sewer not sure I could do it …perhaps will have a go in the fall. x

  2. Lady Moss

     /  June 27, 2012

    You would find it super easy Bevy! It’s very similar to quilting, just a bit of slicing and some straight line sewing. Would look fabulous done in favourite quilting fabrics! Xxx

  3. Mama bear

     /  July 16, 2012

    Hi Mel, This is MB in need of your crafty assistance. I want to make a shopping cart seat cover for someone who might need it in the not too distant future. Have had a look on the net but instructions are a bit iffy, and I can’t see that it would be at all difficult. Do you have one that you could measure for me and email me a brief drawing and some measurements? This is being done behind the scenes, a need to quell my grand maternal instincts. Love to hear about your activities with the “wee angels” on the blog and from LH.
    Love MB

  4. Lady Moss

     /  July 25, 2012

    Hey MB xx
    I’m smacking my head right now because I lent mine to a friend who’s now interstate booo! I will have a hunt around the net and see what tutorials I can find as well dear xxxx
    Love you lots xxxx


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