I started out my weekend with the itch to finally use these fabrics with the cathedral window block tutorial that I have been eyeing. It was fun and really easy! I upsized the initial square size to 14 inches to accommodate the size of the print in my feature fabric.
After completing a block featuring each the girl on the swing and the boy with the kite, I needed to make something with them. I remembered seeing a fun embellished messenger bag and thought I'd give that idea a try. I followed the general size guidelines in this tutorial from mmmcrafts, and then I put it together using my own method, adding tweaks along the way. The more I worked, the more interested my 6-year-old daughter became in my project. It slowly evolved from my bag to her bag.
|The bag body is a heavy duck canvas|
I installed a magnetic snap on the front flap, and picked up some buckle hardware to make the strap adjustable. Since I live in a *very* small town in Alaska, I usually order my supplies or drive 80 miles to the nearest craft store. Since we wanted to finish this bag ASAP, we took a trip to our local outdoor gear manufacturer's store and found plenty of options for hardware. I decided that I'd like to use cotton webbing for the strap, so we stopped by our local fabric store, which is inside the TrueValue Hardware. They are primarily a quilting shop and only had 1-inch webbing, so I put two lengths side-by-side and zig-zagged them together with red thread. I think that detail makes the bag!
|Outside pocket under the front flap|
|Inside of the flap|
I posted a quick photo of the bag last night on my Facebook page and got a ton of positive feedback. I think this is a favorite of everything I have created to date. I have already ordered some more fabric (since I used nearly everything I had to create the bag) and hope to put some of these little beauties in my shop soon. They are a great size for kids, but would also make a fun everyday bag for adults.
I added this to the list of fun weekend projects over at Skip to My Lou.