‘A little piece of the desert’ is a fundamental resource for the telling of many of the Sacred Stories in Godly Play. If you are handy with a sewing machine, you might like to make one yourself.
[For more detailed instructions, with diagrams, download the PDF below]
You will need: 105cm x 125cm of strong upholstery fabric in desert colours
- 105cm x 125cm of thinner but tightly woven fabric in desert colours
- 6m thick upholstery cord
How to make the bag
- Use 105cm x 125cm strong upholstery fabric in desert colours. A lining in desert colours may prevent the sand leaking out through the fabric. Stitch the lining fabric and the upholstery fabric together.
- Double hem all sides to 10cm. Leave a good mitre opening at each corner.
- Thread 6 m thick upholstery cord through the corner holes to create a drawstring bag. If you use really thick cord this should create some firm sides for the bag when it is opened up.
- Loop the cord in each corner when it is equally distributed around the sides of the bag.
Reinforce the corner openings with hand stitching.
- Tie the loose ends of cord together.
- Fill the bag with dry play sand from a toy shop or builders’ merchant. If the sand is damp, leave it in the open bag in a warm place to dry out. This may take several days. Don’t leave the bag with damp sand enclosed in it.
- Pick up the four corner loops of cord to gather the bag together for storage. Open it out when you want to tell a story.