This was a stocking stuffer for my son at Christmas time. I found it over at Amazing Mae. She calls them trinket keepers and makes them in all sizes. I used her demensions for the mp3 player since that was what my son was getting for Christmas. Just like the leapster bag, he works well when he has a VERY specific place to keep his items.
I used an old pair of my husband's jeans. There was LOTS of fabric! It's lined in plain black cotton calico. She suggested using larger grommets than these, but I didn't have the tools to set the large grommets on hand. So, I went with the smaller one and a smaller carabiner clip (not pictured).
I hand embroidered his initials on the bag...hmm...the personalization aspect also lends to lopsided letters. That's the part of handmade I HATE! Maybe I'm a bit of a perfectionist.
The trinket bag with it's trinket...an mp3 player. We loaded up some of his favorite songs to it before Christmas morning. So glad we did cause he had no idea what the thing was for. It was nice to be able to show him right away.
The carabiner is not shown because it doesn't work well with the mp3 player inside and having the clip on. It works out well when the player is in the bag, with the clip, and the wires can come out of the top. The child can listen to it with the player inside and clipped to their belt loop. I think I would make it a little bit wider if I had it to do over again. The problem is that you can not remove the player from the bag when the carabiner clip is attached. That is quite frustrating for a 5 year old who has trouble with fine motor skills.
This is also extremely dificult to maneuver around a sewing machine. It kept trying to pull out from underneath my presser foot. Hence the reason why it is not topstitched. It would have looked atrocious!!
The good part: he uses it and likes it. And that's what I'm going for each and every time!