I’ve realised that there is very little to show for the sewing I’ve been doing lately. I’ve been preparing for a class that I’m teaching tonight (aarrgghh!) and a craft show a fortnight today – so, once again, getting folksy up and running has been put onto the back burner.
In the October holidays, though, I set aside some time to work on a wee Adventure Bag. I have long wanted to make a little children’s bag – one that is robust and fun. My first attempts, such a long time ago now, just weren’t right (although Islay and Katie still play with it a lot). And then quilts and baby blankets and bibs, and actual babies, took over. But I have kept the thought ticking over.
I knew I wanted a bag suited to a boy as well as a girl (although, realistically, it will probably appeal to girls for a longer range of time). I also wanted it to be suitable for a wide age range. And fully lined. And fun. And not too costly. So – a lot of requirements for a little bag. But a sudden idea about how to make the straps adjustable and then realising that portholes would be perfect for giving a peep of colour on a robust linen exterior got me all excited. I really couldn’t wait to get it sketched out, planned and sewn.
And here are the first versions of my Adventure Bag. I used a couple of fun fat quarters from The Stitch Gathering. They are lovely but not really me or quite Forest Poppy. The mermaids will be a gift for a wee friend of Islay’s and I have plans for the robots too.
The fabric below is set aside for some proper Forest Poppy Adventure Bags. I can’t wait to get sewing!