Pyramid Bag for Jr. Archeologist

pyramid bag with miniature sphinx embroidery

pyramid bag with miniature sphinx embroidery


Grandson Robert, 5, declares that he wants to be an archeologist when he grows up.  Due to that interest, he absolutely loves the Playmobil pyramid he got for Christmas.  His mother, however, has bemoaned the fact that it has more pieces/parts than the Eiffel Tower.  Each panel can be removed to reveal hidden chambers, staircases, trap doors,  tombs, servants, and more.


How well I remember helping Robert’s father, our son Ryan, search the house for the many pieces to his Fisher-Price farm and two story garage.  With that memory and the ease of making a standard teepee bag, I stitched this up in a hurry for my precious grandson.  So this bag, made from the basic teepee bag pattern,  now holds the sarcophagus and treasures of his pyramid.

Actually, I had made ponchos for Laurel and her doll and needed something for Robert.  It was late when I finished the ponchos and I wanted to shut down my sewing room and go to bed.  But Nana duty called. I needed to make something in a hurry for Robert, so the bag came to mind at once. Of course, it’s pyramid shape seemed especially appropriate for my sweet Robert.




So after spending way too much time searching for Egyptian-themed designs that would work on this bag, I finally went to one of my favorite sites, Embroidery Library  and for $1 bought the perfect pyramid design for the bag.  While I was there, I discovered that I already owned the tiny sphinx in a miniature collection that I bought for another purpose.  I love that site.




Embroidery Library is one of the best sources for embroidery designs.  I have no vested interest in  this site, but use and recommend it frequently.  Their search engine is excellent, unlike some which, even after typing in the name of the collection, returns with no search results.

I would like to have made it a little more elaborate, with embroidery on each side and decorative stitching along the zipper.  But I have finally realized that not every project requires the planning and details of an heirloom.  And Robert would have been no more pleased. I do wish I had sprung for the larger sphinx.

The greater satisfaction of a more elaborate project would have been mine and Robert needed the bag sooner than I needed satisfaction.  No doubt he will soon find satisfaction in the sandbox, as our curious junior archeologist digs for bones and other relics.

Sometimes, sewing something serviceable, even ho-hum, is better than nothing.  Especially when the recipient is 5 years old.

3 responses to “Pyramid Bag for Jr. Archeologist

  1. Love it! It is very hard to find things to do for grandsons as they get older. And every package that arrives at the front door must hold something for each child–no matter the occassion….even if it is only pjs with glow in the dark thread!

  2. Wow, what a great idea for a bag! Just stopped by to visit, but now am curious about embroidery using a machine. Will look over your site more to see if you have any recommendations for a current model that gives the best quality and best design availability. thans Janice

  3. Hi Laree,
    Thanks for your kind comment on the little pyramid bag. I’m happy that you are interested in machine embroidery, which, in my opinion, is about as much fun as you will ever find. You asked specifically about machines and I would highly recommend Brother or Babylock. Brother makes the machines for Babylock so they are almost identical. The only major difference is that Brother is licensed to include Disney designs on their machines, including Mickey and Minnie and Winnie the Pooh. Those machines also have access to additional designs that can be purchased, ranging from most of the Disney movies–Toy Story, Lion King, etc.— to the princesses So if you have any interest in those designs, Brother would be your only option.
    In my opinion, Brother and Babylock are far and away the most user-friendly machines on the market. I’m not sure about Babylock, but Brother has “combo” machines that embroider as well as sew and embroidery only machines. If you go to you can read up on the current models.
    Embroidery machines have given new life to the sewing industry. The possibilities and applications are absolutely unlimited, from fabulous embroidery to quilting to lace making. Several designers offer “in-the-hoop” projects which are constructed entirely in the embroidery hoop.
    Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you find a machine that suits you and puts you in the machine embroidery world.

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