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Zippy Pouch for Toy Organization

I trust you had a very Merry Christmas wherever you are. We had a great time with family and the kids got some new toys they are excited about! My son was kind enough to pass down his Leapster Explorer to my daughter since he’s kind of outgrown it so we alerted the family members and they gifted her some games, a plug-in adapter, charger, etc. I saw right away this was going to be difficult to keep track of, but then I remembered a free pattern I saw on Pinterest!

Brushes Bag turned Game Storage Bag |

It’s called Anke’s Brushes Bag and it was designed to hold makeup brushes on the flap with your makeup in the attached bag. I had briefly searched for a DIY Leapster Explorer bag or case and saw someone use elastic for holding the game cartridges. Since the cartridges have a little lip at the top, the elastic is perfect for holding each one in place.

Brushes Bag turned Game Storage Bag |

To alter the bag flap to fit my purposes, I simply left off the brush holder and flap pieces and lined up three pieces of 1″ elastic. Each game is about 2″ wide so I marked three spots across slightly larger than 2″ and zigzagged the elastic in place.

Brushes Bag turned Game Storage Bag |

I didn’t have the bag hardware on hand so I just used velcro and little girl requested a strap so she could wear it like a purse.

Brushes Bag turned Game Storage Bag |

The zippy pouch is a great size and fit everything we needed to keep together!

Brushes Bag turned Game Storage Bag |


This could be made from virtually any fabric and would make a great gift or organizational tool for many things!

Comments (10)

  1. Deby at So Sew Easy December 29, 2014 at 8:57 am Reply

    That’s a great idea to adapt the pattern this way. Love it. I’ll share this on my Your Sewing Creations pinterest board.

    1. Jaime December 29, 2014 at 5:11 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Deby!

  2. JessiBerry December 29, 2014 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Such a neat idea. It’s awesome how well it worked out! My son was gifted a new to him leap pad and the flap idea is perfect!

    1. Jaime January 4, 2015 at 10:50 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find it works for you too – My daughter LOVES hers!

  3. gloriajune December 31, 2014 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Love this! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Jaime January 4, 2015 at 10:50 pm Reply

      Of course! So glad you like it!

  4. vicky myers January 1, 2015 at 2:54 am Reply

    Looks great, love the choice of fabric too:)

    1. Jaime January 4, 2015 at 10:51 pm Reply

      Thank you – my daughter’s choice of course!

  5. Maegen Foster January 3, 2015 at 4:30 am Reply

    Now that is a fabulous idea! The fabric is darling, and the bag seems to be exactly perfect for your daughters leapster. Being able to sew something custom that will be exactly what you need and want is absolutely the best.

    1. Jaime January 4, 2015 at 10:52 pm Reply

      It is a lot of fun, except when your kids think you can make ANYTHING! Really challenges your creativity once in a while. 🙂

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