15 Jan

Book Bag for my Son

My son is rarely as excited about me making him things as my daughter is. Maybe it’s just that he doesn’t have the desire for stuff like she does. She loves to have bags and containers for all her little things, and enjoys choosing her clothes (not blogged, the skort I made with purple Hello Kitty knit fabric). He wears whatever is on the top of his pile and tosses all his legos into one big box.

I suggested a bowling shirt out of his fabric (imagining a big, pieced rising sun on the back) but he wasn’t interested. He does appreciate a fun fabric though, and once the conversation started around messenger/book bags, he decided that he wanted one too.

Excellent. I did a few things different on this one. On Katja’s I made the lining separate and essentially inserted one complete bag into another, top stitching the edges for structure. On Zavi’s, I constructed each panel and then connected them with bias binding. I like this look better and it may have been easier to make. Certainly, it allows for more options, like quilting the panels (which I did not do on this one)! I used extra wide double fold tape because it’s what I had on hand. Regular width would be better.

When we got to talking about Lunch Money Cuff, the boy got very excited and requested that his be sized to fit his Pokemon cards. Well, that wasn’t exactly practical, so I made him a wristlet instead (note my favorite motifs of that fabric — the surfing ninja and horned ghost with what I’m calling shave ice in a coconut shell, but is probably some Japanese specialty). Like the pyramid purse for my daughter, my son’s wristlet can be snapped onto a strap sewn into the book bag. It also has a wrist strap for when he’s carrying it around separately. I looked at a few wristlet patterns, but the one I had and a few others were all too big for the small cards the boy wanted to carry, and I wasn’t wild about the raw edges in the lining, so I just made something up. The zipper is sewn like in the Pyramid Purse and the main wristlet body is sewn more like the Money Cuff. I don’t know if you can really see it in the photos, but the side panels of this bag are in the white background fabric for a little contrast and excitement.

Speaking of Lunch Money Cuffs, I made one for each of the kids. They seem quite practical. It was also a quick and easy project made with scraps from the book bags.

4 thoughts on “Book Bag for my Son

  1. Maybe my Lunch Money Cuff could double as my Starbucks cup insulator?

    Z’s messenger bag is awesome, I made make-up bags lined with plastic using the bias, it certainly was easier!

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