Bank Robber Money Bag Tutorial

Ever since I made my rice-filled bed warmers from Ashley’s tutorial, my boys have been running around the house with them, calling them Money Bags.  I think it has something to do with Larry the Cucumber being framed for thievery in Little Joe.  Well, it’s time for me to stop searching around the house for my foot warmers on cold nights and giving the kids their own money bags so they’ll leave mine alone!

money bag

 I thought a tutorial might be fun because it’s hard to find things to sew for boys.  If you want to see more ideas, check out the Handmade Crafts for Boys Flickr Group.  Obviously this isn’t rocket science, but sometimes an easy tutorial is great for beginning sewers and, of course, easier for me to write.

 money bag supplies

You will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric 9″ wide x 22″ tall (one for the exterior of the bag, one for the interior)  For this tutorial the exterior is the plain fabric and the interior is the print fabric.
  • 1 small scrap of fabric for $ sign
  • 1 print-out of a dollar sign ($) on paper (I used Franklin Gothic Medium Cond set to 300pt font size)
  • a small piece of iron-on adhesive (I used Heat N Bond Lite)
  • 20″ of ribbon
  • ~4 cups rice

1.  Make your applique $.   Tape printed dollar sign to window with ink side toward window.  Place iron-on adhesive  on top of $ with glue side toward the window.  Trace dollar sign onto paper side of iron-on adhesive.  Dollar sign will be backward.

Money bag - fused dollarFuse iron-on adhesive scrap with dollar sign traced on it to WRONG side of fabric scrap.

Money Bag - peeledCut out dollar sign and peel off backing paper.

2. Fuse and stitch $ in place.  Fold exterior piece of fabric in half.  Center dollar sign 2″ up from the fold and fuse in place.  Stitch around all the outer edges of the dollar sign about 1/16″ from the edge.

 Money bag placement of dollar sign

3. Assemble exterior and interior of money bag.  Place exterior and interior fabric RIGHT sides together.  Pin and stitch together all the way around with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a 3″ opening at one short end for turning.

4. Turn right side out.

Money bag- clipped corner

Clip all corners as shown and turn right side out.  Press crisp seams around the outside.  Press raw edges of fabric into the opening so that the edge is straight all the way across.


5. Topstitch.  Topstitch both short ends using a 1/8″ seam allowance, closing up the opening as you go.  (You can see the topstitching in the picture below.)

6. Attach ribbon.  Measure 2 1/2″ down from the top center of the short side on the opposite side of the dollar sign.

money bag - ribbon prep

  Place center of ribbon on dot and stitch in place as shown.

money bag - ribbon

7. Assemble bag.  Fold bag in half with exterior sides together.  Pin in place.  Position the  ribbon so that is is pointing out of the bag as shown.

money bag - prep for stitching

Stitch up the right and left sides of the bag using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

money bag - stitching up sides

Turn bag right exterior side out through the opening at the top.  Press both sides.

8. Stitch up top.  Draw a line ~2 1/2″ from the top of the bag just above where the ribbon attaches.  Stitch across this line, leaving a 1 1/2″ opening right where the ribbon attaches.  Make sure the ribbon is still pointing toward the top of the bag so that you do not stitch through it.
money bag - opening
9. Fill bag.  Through the openning in the top of the bag, pour rice into the bag.  It will be handy to have a chopstick to help the rice go down into the opening  easily.

 10.  Close up the opening.  Stitch the opening closed on your machine.

money bag - closing up

11) Finish the bag.  money bag - accordian
Fold up the top of the bag accordian style.

Tie the ribbon around the top.  Aaaaaaannnnnddd – you’re done!

money bag

© 2009 Craft Apple Creations

36 thoughts on “Bank Robber Money Bag Tutorial

  1. So cute! My mind is racing with ideas – could this be turned into a potpourri bags (with a like a bird, flower, etc. on the front???) Such a great idea. I will be thinking about different types of bags now!

  2. darn it! I robbed a bank and all I got was some stinking rice! that’s so fun. careful that they don’t knock each other out and you’ll be hearing, “mom, I was just trying to warm him up.”

  3. Love that Moda fabric you used. I ended up getting some of the cowboys fabric after you made your car organizer out of it. How did the shows and other stuff turn out, by the way? Thanks for the tute. Wonderful as always.

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  5. That looks so easy. I made one for my daughter this morning in about an hour. Thanks for showing this. When I get it out of the clutches of her hot little hands. I will take pictures and post it.

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  7. I had several bags similar, only the used a pretty fabric you could see through and they made nice gift giving bags.

    Recently I bought pumpkin chocolate cookie mixes in bags which were over the actual bag that held the mix and they were made of fabrics nice for quilting and had a draw string with the label stitched on top with the directions to make the cookies. I thought they were so nice, I wanted more… the bags are 8″x 13″

    I found the company is in Utah & sells all kinds of baking products for & gift items. They are:

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