Friday, June 8, 2012

Birhday Bags!

 Have you guys been following all the great pattern reviews going on all month over at Purse Palooza? Sew Sweetness totally has my number with this series, as I am an admitted bag-aholic and I am completely digging all the tips and hints her fantastic reviewers are sharing. The Lindsay Tote looks particularly great and it's a free pattern from Pellon - can't beat that!

So we have a couple of cousins turning 5 on Sunday and I was inspired by this tote bag tutorial I found over at Craft Buds to make birthday bags as part of their gifts.
 These went together super quick (as evidenced by me finishing FOUR of them today. Yes I rock.) and are a great size for holding gifts and then a pair of shoes and snack or pool toys or any number of things you end up carrying around when you have little people. These bags are so cute they MIGHT even carry their own stuff. I know, I know, but a mom can dream, right? ;-)

These were all Kokka fabrics I had in my stash AND my stash is so ridiculous that I even had all the webbing for the straps in the closet! Sweet!
The pattern had two fun options - this reinforcement of the straps, which I did and think looks quite cute and the second, which I didn't do but may on the next one I make, was to sew along the four corners to make them more defined.  I put the straps four inches in from the side seams and I think to sew along those seams they would need to be 4 1/2 or 5 inches in to not interfere with the line of stitching.

Oh and did you notice the bonus bag for the child whose birthday it ISN'T but who NEEDED a birthday bag too? And then she insisted the twins older brother would need one too - she's a giver that one. But they were so easy I can't resist her little "pwwweeeeeze" and so that's the story of the four birthday bags (and only one birthday).

So there's my pattern review ;-) cute, quick and easy and perfect for gift-giving! Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here next week!


  1. Very fun! I can't believe you had the webbing on hand - go you! I saw the bag with the corners sewn down & really liked that idea too. Very fun you were able to make FOUR bags in short order!

  2. What a neat idea! Thanks for the link to the tutorial. I love that patchworky fabric.
    And yes, you do rock :)


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