O's old ballet bag was looking a little childish suddenly, and it was awkward for her to carry into class because it had a drawstring rather than handles.
She really wanted a stylish tote bag like everyone else has. I was very happy to make her one and asked her to pick out fabrics. Despite declaring that she isn't into pink at all any more, she chose two eyewateringly bright pink fabrics for the bag. I think she likes to keep me on my toes.
|O's new ballet bag - extra pink|
I whipped up this tote bag for her in an evening, and she loves it. At ballet this week she sauntered off into class with her new bag slung over her shoulder, looking very pleased with herself. All the other 9 year olds in her class were exclaiming over the deliciousness of the cherry, polka dot and gingham fabrics, which pleased her even more. She can be sure that no one else will ever have a ballet bag quite like this one.
|O's new ballet bag - everything still gets stuffed inside any old how|
The second bag was made for a friend's 12 year old daughter. S didn't want her small bedroom cramped with a big washing basket, so her mum asked me to make her a drawstring laundry bag which could hang on the back of her door instead. S picked out the fabric for her laundry bag, and also chose pink - but in much more muted colours than my 9 year old. Like me, S's mum also thought her daughter didn't like anything pink, but was proved wrong. I think maybe all girls like to keep their mums on their toes.
|Embroidering a label|
|Laundry bag label|
I embroidered a label for the bag, and was delighted to find a little steam iron image amongst my vast collection of embroidery transfers from Sublime Stitching. I really love this bag, and the fabric S chose. I think it would be a nice idea to have one of these myself to pack into my suitcase when I go away, and keep dirty washing separate from clean clothes.
|S's laundry bag - to hang behind her bedroom door|
I hope S likes it as much as I do - I have a feeling she will. I know her mum will just be delighted to get those dirty clothes off the floor and tidied away. What is it with girls and discarded clothes?
|O's bedroom this morning - with discarded bath towel, pyjamas and tops flung around.|