Five years ago when my oldest daughter started Kindergarten, I made her a backpack for school. (Sorry, no picture ... it was salvaged for parts a few years ago.) It was the prettiest backpack ever. I vowed to myself that my girls were going to have brand new handmade backpacks every September for the rest of their lives. ;)
So far, I've kept that promise. But I'm about to break it.
I had a weird moment of weakness this summer when we were shopping for school clothes and I saw this ...
I thought it was perfect for my little one!
I dunno. Something about the pink & happy polka dots. And the navy. I couldn't even believe the words coming out of my mouth as I asked her if she'd like it for school. She said yes. I wasn't sure how I felt about that.
So right now I'm sorta sad that I broke my informal promise to make two new backpacks every year (until they flat out refuse to take ANYTHING homemade to school because "that is SO NOT COOL ... no one ELSE does, MOM!") (Ouch! Stick a knife in my heart already!) But I'm also sorta relieved that I only have to make one this year.
So. My Grade 5er decided she needs something more sophisticated this year ... because she's not a little kid anymore - she's TEN. So she's requested a messenger bag.
Ok. I can do that.
I also gave her freedom to pick anything (well, ALMOST anything) from my stash. She went straight for these ...
The grays from Bonnie & Camille's new "Ruby" line. She thinks this is a very grown up color. I agree.
(I know! She isn't a pink girl like her mom. I'm slowly coming to terms with that ... although sometimes I wonder if she was accidentally switched in the hospital.)
I don't have any yardage - just these FQs. So it will look sorta patchy. But not TOO patchy (so I've been directed).
She also wants just a little bit of decoration on the flap. We're thinking about either applique or embroidery in red. Perhaps a monogram. Or a heart. Or flowers. Or a combination. Or something else we haven't thought of yet. I'm workin' without a net here ... or a pattern.
I've actually never made a messenger bag before. This is my rough sketch which has been approved by my client.
I can hardly wait to get sewing. I hope it turns out! I'll show it to you when it's done ... if it looks good. If not, then I'll lie and tell you the dog ate it.
'Cept we don't have a dog ...