It's a bit wonky, but it's cute and it was pretty speedy to whip up. It's a book bag. Just the perfect size for the reading books and notices that come home from school.
I fell in love with the happy red and white print. It's a heavy cotton drill with topsy-turvy animals, positioned every which way and I thought it was bright enough to be easily spotted amongst a pile of book bags in the classroom. It's lined with lightweight yellow cotton gingham and I used some thin padding between the layers to give it a bit of puff.
Long thick strips of bias binding cover the raw edges and give the bag a bit of "zing" and the flap is held down with a magnetic clasp secured on the inside with iron-on interfacing.
The final touch was rather slow, but it was worth it to make the whole thing neat and seam-free - I hand-stitched down the bias binding with tiny, hidden stitches.
Cute huh? It was lovely to sit down at a sewing machine again, albeit my sister's and not my own. And my wee girl is pretty pleased with her fun book bag.
I really should sew something else while I'm in the mood. I sense it might be time for a new summer dress ...