Well, Sarah and I have arrived in Houston for our quilt market adventure. We don't have any market news to share yet, because we're just hanging out in our hotel room, but I wanted to share with you the sweet little messenger bag that I made this week using Zaaberry's wonderful Kids' Messenger Bag Tutorial. Once it leaves our home page, you can find this tutorial on our Kid Love page in the archives.
It's such a great little size for kids... not overly large, but big enough to hold the necessary things that a kid must have. My son immediately had a special purpose for his bag and I'll keep that a secret until the end.
So first of all, the adorable fabric that I used comes from Fabricworm and is part of their Camp Modern line that is coming out soon. I absolutely love the bears and the bold brown and beige print that looks like a tree.
I had a half yard of each which was plenty except that I wanted to change the direction that I would have normally cut the strap, and there wasn't enough (27" strap out of 18" of fabric) so I had to piece a couple pieces together. But it still looks great.
I also used warm and natural quilt batting instead of interfacing. It makes the bag a bit thicker which I like. I basted the quilt batting to my outside pieces when the tutorial tells you to fuse. The pieces looked a tiny bit wonky before I stitched them together, but it turned out great.
Look at this little bear peeking out from the bottom of the lining. I love it!
And my son Connor loves it too. Kindergarten was especially tough that day for my little man, so I felt like such a fun mom when I told him 'I made you something!' And then he was thrilled that I made him a lunch bag, so that is what it became. All we had to add was a snap so the food wouldn't fall out. Yay! We have a perfect kids' lunch bag. Well, if I had known ahead of time that it was going to be a lunch bag I would have used insulated batting. But I think it's fine anyway.
I'm wondering if the readers of this blog want to see a million pictures from Quilt Market this weekend. I know it's not something that everybody cares about. We'll see. We are super excited about it. But we are two fabric nuts. And we are two moms away from our kids on an adventure.