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.

14 Jan

Book Bag for my Daughter

I don’t know if this fabric is as big in the Mainland US fabric shops as it is in Hawai’i, or if it’s even made it there, but I couldn’t pass it up. It seems like new variations of fighting sushi, space geishas, happy stars, angry Ninjas and all their wacky cohorts are popping up monthly!

Book Bag

I bought a yard each of several different fabrics and brought them home to the kids to see what they’d like made out of these silly fabrics. Katja wanted a messenger bag like her BFF and it needed to be the size of her math textbook. She had also talked me in to buying her a dragon patch on a separate outing and really wanted it on her bag.

Book Bag

I looked around at tutorials on the web and a pattern I already owned but, while close, nothing matched my vision and the construction on all seemed pretty easy, so I figured I’d just wing it and do what I wanted.

Book Bag

I thought a kid might appreciate a zippered pocket inside so things don’t fall out. There’s a (pink) patch pocket on the back of the bag’s outside too.

Book Bag

The cute little pyramid coin purse is a free download from Nicole Mallalieu. I made it clip onto a strap sewn into the book bag so it can be used separately if needed, but can also be attached for security.

My boy decided that he’d like one of these too. I’ll tweak the construction a bit, mostly because I can and I’m curious. We talked about field trip money today too, so I’ll be making Lunch Money Cuffs for both kids with the scraps.