Friday, July 1, 2011


So, as many of my facebook friends know, I was on Studio 5 again the other day. This time they came to my house, and filmed me showing travel kits I made for my kids for a vacation we took two years ago. I made them especially for a long car ride but, the kids LOVE them, and I use them any time we go on a road trip. I made these before I had a blog, or even knew what a tutorial was. So, I had to find the time to come up with this tutorial for my travel kits. Thanks to those of you who sent me private messages requesting the tutorial. You helped me get my fanny in gear and do it. Thank you for your patience also!

Here is the clip from Studio 5

It is hard to watch myself... don't judge ;)

I do have to say. The people at Studio 5 are SO NICE, and it has been a fantastic experience working with them in the past year. I want to give a big shout out to them!

Here's the exciting part!!! I am giving this very travel kit away. Not everything shown in the pockets will be included in the giveaway. But, a few of the things pictured will be included. The giveaway is for the travel envelope only. Anything I send in the pockets is an added bonus.

Here's what you need to do to win:

1 - Follow My Blog. If you are already following me, that's great!
Let me know in a comment.
2 - Like me on facebook.
Let me know in a comment.
3 - Post this Giveaway on facebook to let others know.
Let me know in a comment.

The giveaway will close on Thursday the 7th of July, 2011 at 5pm. I will post the winner on my blog on Friday the 8th, 2011. I will choose the winner from the comments I receive.

In case you don't win, here's the tutorial!


You will need:

A & C - 1/2 yard fabric for back and for front pockets
B - 1/3 yard fabric for inside pockets
Standard spool of 15 ft of ribbon (This will more than cover it - You need 6 feet total.)

Since I know people will ask me, I will just tell you, I got my lovely fabric and ribbon at Hobby Lobby.

Cut out 2 each fabric:

A - 21 x 11 1/2 inches
B - 21 x 8 inches
C - 21 x 6 inches

One each ribbon:

21 inches & 48 inches

Using a 5/8 seam allowance, stitch both pieces of B together on one long side only. Pretty side in. So, only stitch one of the 4 sides - the long side.

Stitch both pieces of C together on one long side only. Pretty side in. So, only stitch one of the 4 sides - the long side.

Turn and press with steam. Yes, press everything with steam... it will make everything look so much better!!! This will be the top of the pocket.

Put 21 inch section of ribbon on top of B, where the finished and pressed edge is.

Top stitch. I like using clear thread, but you can do whatever you want ;)

Lay C on top of B, and measure in 3 to 4 inches on each side, and pin a straight line.

Sew a straight line down where the pins are on each side. Start at the top of C, and sew to the bottom of C. This will make the small pockets. You do this now, so the taller pockets will also be more wide.

Then lay B and C (which are now sewn together) on top of ONE PIECE of A. Make sure the fabric is going in the direction you want.

Measure in 7 ish inches on each side, and sew a straight line down starting at the top of B, and ending at the bottom of C.

Put the other piece of A on top of everything else (pretty sides facing each other), and pin together. Sew around all the edges, leaving a 4 inch section open in the middle of the top.

Turn and cut off the corners tapering out to the sides. There is a lot of fabric on the bottoms, and you want it to lay straight, so this is very important.

Press with steam, and then sew a straight line across the top only, with a seam allowance of only the edge of the foot.

Lay the top stitched kit on top of the ribbon wherever you want it, and pin the ribbon in place where the seams for the large pockets are. I like the ribbon pretty much in the middle.

Stitch just where the seams are, just over the ribbon. Oh, and turn in and sew the raw edges of the ends of the ribbon if you want/need to.

Fill the pockets with whatever crafts and activities you want.

Fold up, and go!
Don't forget to tie the ribbon around the package.

Here's a top view. What do you think? Cute right?

Don't forget to enter the giveaway! I hope you win!

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


I'm linking!


Rach said...

I already follow and love your blog!

Rach said...

"like" you on facebook!

Rach said...

reposted on facebook ;)

Brooke said...

I love this! So cute and creative.

Greg said...

I really love this idea Risa!! On all our vacations my kids fought the whole trip!!! Maybe if I would have had a creative side they would have enjoyed the ride :)
Never to late to redeem yourself..I have a grandbaby now that I can have fun with :)

Mama Mia said...

Following you!

Mama Mia said...


1mini van+1 hubby+3 kiddos+1 bublicious baby+ 1 chihuahua+14 HOUR DRIVE!!!!!= I need a travel kit!!!!!!!

Larson Letters said...

I already follow and like you on FB!! You are so creative!!

Angela said...

I love all your ideas and will probably try to make these for my kids (since even if I win, I'll need 3 more).

Angela said...

I forgot to say I follow your blog in my last comment. I also "liked" you on facebook.

Angela said...

I also posted a link on my facebook page. Risa, your creativity always amazes me. Thanks!

Jennifer Interiors said...

Once again, another absolutely darling idea1! You make my kids look so deprived. :)

Unknown said...

As usual Risa so cute. I am following you!

Unknown said...

following you on facebook

Unknown said...

reposted this.

Charity said...

I follow you

Charity said...

I like you on Fb

Charity said...

Linked on FB

Unknown said...

What a great idea and amazing tutorial! I am new to sewing and I might be able to try this. thank you!!

Unknown said...

I follow you!

A Glimpse at our Globe for Preschoolers said...

Really Good Idea! Glad I found you

Vanessa said...

I follow your blog :)

Vanessa said...

I like you on facebook!

4lakedames said...

I TOTALLY follow your blog, but am NOT on facebk, but I would "like" you on facebook if I were there!
Love the travel kit!!! You are an inspiration to my motivation!!

Jennifer said...

So so cute! I love all the pockets, this would be perfect for traveling with kids. I featured you today on my kids gift roundup as part of my Christmas In July series :)

Suzanne said...

Thanks for sharing your idea! We are headed to Boston in the Fall and I want to help the kids learn more about the destination before we go. Your themed materials are great.

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I'm a follower! I love this idea, and would love to win one.

Di and Justin said...

thanks for the "TUT"... Let's hope my newborn will SOMEDAY let me make one. You are a very talented woman... will be visiting your blog a lot. :)

Kristy said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial! This is really a fun set!

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