I’m Sew Ready to Play!

Welcome back to Sew Ready To Play!! Today it’s me and my project! A Mini Hullabaloo Messenger Bag!

(yes, that’s our dead grass in the backyard… Although it may appear to be a yard full of straw, it’s our grassy backyard… Please don’t judge on our lack of watering…)

Have you played Hullabaloo???  It’s a great game that teaches colors, shapes and words on little pads that the kids (and adults) move around to based on the where the ‘voice in the box’ tells you to go! It’s a Cranium game… We LOVE Cranium games, but this post is just about Hullabaloo.

We were first introduced to it at a friend’s birthday party. My son just hung back and watched, so I didn’t think he was interested AT ALL. That was until one day, not too long after the party, we were scanning the toy aisle at Goodwill. He eyed it and got really excited! I decided, for a whooping $2.50 we could give  it a try. It was well worth the $2.50! He loves that game and takes it with us to almost all of our playdates, camping and has even wanted to take it to school. But since it came from Goodwill, it didn’t have a box. I found a little bag for the pieces, but to fit, they had to be folded, which ended up not being a good thing. Then we’d throw that bag and the voice box into a grocery bag and hit the road, headed out to be the life of the party with our Hullabaloo game. Here’s a little before and after…

Well, I had a few ideas for the series, but nothing seemed just right… Then it hit me, a bag that our game would actually fit it and my son could carry it with him all over the place, wherever he wants to take it!

So, my project for the Sew Ready to Play series, A Hullabaloo Messenger Bag!

Step 1: Materials:


Fabrics, the outside fabric, the lining fabric and the pocket fabric.

An extra Hullabaloo set of game pieces (optional)

(Here’s the optional part… I was first going to scan the Hullabaloo pieces and print them on printable fabric. So that is one option. The second option would be any other fabric that you might have. And the third option, which is what I used, is using Hullabaloo pieces. Cut up a perfectly good game you ask?? Well, the day after I decided to make the bag I found myself back in the toy aisle at Goodwill and what do you know??? There just happened to be another Hullabaloo game sitting on the shelf. Only this time, it was only 99 cents! 99 cents!! That’s way cheaper than buying the printable fabric…)




Step 2: Cut the fabric

1. Flap Pieces: 2 pieces of fabric 9 3/4″ x 12 1/2″, 1 with the outside fabric and 1 with the lining.

2. Pocket Pieces: The pocket fabric is 9 1/2″ x 18″. The interfacing is 9 1/2″ x 9″. And for the pocket flap, I used a square Hullabaloo piece and cut it 4″ long

3. Lining Pieces: Cut two pieces of lining fabric, 13 1/4″ x 12″.

4. Strap Pieces: One piece of the outside fabric and one piece of the lining fabric. Each one is 3″ x 24″.

5. Front and Back of the Bag: 2 of the outside fabric and 2 of the interfacing. Each piece is 10″ x 10″.

6. Sides and Bottom of the Bag: For this piece I again used Hullabaloo pieces. I cut 5 pieces into 4″ strips. Then stitched these pieces together, so that it makes a 4″ x 31″. This will be too long, but I like for it to be a little long nad then trim it once it’s sewn together.

Step 3: Make the Flap.

1. Cut out an applique from a Hullaballoo piece..

2. Sew the applique on to the outside of flap fabric.

3. Put the lining and outside fabric right sides together and cut rounded edges at the two lower corners.

4. Clip corners at the rounded edges. Stitch together the sides and bottom of the flap.

5. Turn right side out, iron flat and topstitch.

Step 4: Pocket

1. Fold pocket fabric over, right sides together. Place the interfacing on top.

2. Sew side and clip top corners

3. Iron seams flat. Turn right side out.

4. Iron flat and iron the bottom edge over.

5. Pin the pocket onto one side of the lining. Center the pocket and locate it about 1 1/2″ from the top of the lining piece.

6. Sew on pocket flap.

7. Center the pocket flap on the pocket and stitch about 3/4″ above the top of the pocket.

Step 5: Sew lining together.

1. Stack the lining pieces right side together and cut 1″ squares from the bottom two corners.

2. Sew together the three sides. Leave a hole on one side.

3. Sew the bottom corners together. Fold the bottom against the side and align the seams and stitch the corners together.

Step 6: Make the strap.

1. Place the pieces right sides together and stitch together the long sides.

2. Pull it through so the right sides are out.

3. Iron flat and topstitch. (forgot the picture for this one, but I have faith in you that you can do it without a picture!)

Step 7: Sew together the body of the bag.

1. Cut another applique for the back, if you so desire! Then sew it on.

2. Sew the Hullabaloo pieces together. I also topstitched the seam allowance down at each piece.

3.Stack the pieces, interfacing to wrong side of outside fabric and outside fabric to the side and bottom strip, this time with right side facing . Pin and sew.

4. Sew on the back side the same way as you did the front.

5. Turn right side out.

Step 8: Sew it all together.

1. Pin the flap to the bag, with outside fabric to outside fabric.

2. Pin on the strap. Again, with outside fabric to outside fabric.

3. Put the bag, flap and strap inside the lining and pin.

4. Sew together along the top edge.

5. Pull it all through that hole in the lining.

6. Sew the hole in the lining closed.

7. Push the lining inside the bag.

8. And topstitch the bag along the top edge.

Step 9:

Load ‘er up! You’re done! Now you just have to find a party to take the game to!!

Enjoy! What’s your favorite game? Which one would you carry in your Mini Messenger Bag?

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