Okay! Let's get started! Here's what you'll need:
- 1/2 yd medium weight twill
- 1/2 yd fusible interfacing
- 1 yd elastic, 1 inch wide
- Coordinating thread (I decided to use thread that would stand out on my bandelero)
- Snaps or buttons (optional - I didn't use them on mine)
- Body - Cut 2 pieces from your twill measuring 3x30 inches (this is for an average 2 year old. My son weighs about 28 lbs and is a 2t and I wish that I would've gone a little longer - maybe closer to 3x35 inches. It's your call.
- Elastic piece - Cut 1 piece from your twill measuring 2 1/2 x 24 inches.
- Pocket - Cut 3x4 inch rectangle.
- Interfacing - cut 1 piece 3x30 inches.
Let's make the body of the bandelero!
- Take your piece of interfacing and iron it onto the wrong-side of 1 piece of your bandelero body.
- Put your two pieces, right sides together and sew a straight stitch along both long sides. You don't need to worry about the short ends, you'll finish these are the very end.
- Now, turn your body piece right side out and iron it so the seams are flat. Using a zig-zag stitch, stitch as close to the edge as possible on both sides. Set aside.
- Take your 2.5" x 24" piece of fabric and fold both sides in 1/4" and iron the folds.
- Fold your body piece in half. I placed a straight pen to mark where I wanted to start my loops, which is about halfway on your body.
- Repeat this step for each loop that you want to create. Once you get down to the end of your strip, turn it under and sew a seam along the top to finish it off nicely.
- Please check out Deborah's tutorial for the pocket! I didn't take any pictures BECAUSE I seriously didn't know what I was doing and was just hoping it would work out! It did, but if you want to make one, please please, PLEASE check out the instructions here.
- Cut the excess off close to the seam and turn your bandelero out - add toys and you're done! yay! You could put the button or a snap here instead of sewing it shut if you wanted.
Phew! A big project crossed off my to-do list! I might go make a few more right now! A HUGE thank you to Rae from Made by Rae for hosting Celebrate the Boy month and giving mom's of boys fun things to make! And a HUMONGOUS thank you to Deborah from Whipstitch for coming up with the Snack Bandelero and for doing such an amazing job with the tutorial so that I could totally copy it!
See you all soon!