Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to school...

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... back to school...

Am I the only one who hums that ridiculous song from the movie Billy Madison on the first day of school??

I love the routine, the school supplies, the projects, and the new things learned.  Chaney loves almost everything about school and as a parent I really can't ask for much more.


I can't believe she's in 2nd grade already!  Her teacher is awesome and Chaney already adores her because she did her student teaching in Chaney's class last year.

I made her a tote bag for art class last year that she loved and ended up carrying to school everyday so this year I made her another one.  This is quickly becoming a handmade tradition that Chaney and I both look forward to.


Chaney picked out the fabrics and I think she did a great job!  I always enjoy seeing her color and pattern combinations because they are usually pretty unique. 

If there was ever a fabric print perfectly suited for her it's this one because this Texas kid is in love with New York City.  She's only 7 but she is already making plans to live there and be a photographer when she grows up. 

I love her dreams.


The selvage on the outer pocket was Chaney's idea because the dots remind her of a subway map.  Don't you just love her fabric sense of style?? 

And BTW, she's never been on a subway which makes her idea even cuter.


On the inside of the bag I added a few more pockets... one with slots to hold pencils and the other one open to hold anything else i.e. her ever multiplying collection of chapstick. 


I knotted the strap because, well, Chaney is short and the strap was a bit too long.


I double stitched all the seams for extra durability because school bags definitely take a beating.

 YAY for a new school year!  I can't wait to see what it brings.

Anyone interested in a tutorial for this bag?   It's super easy and only takes 1 yard of fabric and some scraps for the pockets...

Linking up for Fabric Tuesday!


28 comments:

randi said...

so cute! your girl has a great style and she is adorable. the bag is wonderful too. happy 1st day of school to her!

Natasha said...

would love a tut for the bag. I am sending my girls off to school in a couple of weeks. One is starting grade 2 and the other primary (sob).

Nancy said...

I can always use a new bag tute... very cute!

Carrie Garst said...

Um I don't know how to sew but I want to learn :)

Sallove said...

It's a cute bag, I'd love to see a tutorial for it. Thanks!

The Bell Family said...

Would love to make one!

Angie said...

Great bag!! I love how she picked the fabric, and the selvage is too cute. You have a very talented daughter. Would love a tut, too. :)

Alisa said...

Get that girl to New York City ASAP! How cute that she has such ambition and knows exactly what she wants to do. We all used to laugh at one of my daughters who, at a very young age knew the college she wanted to get into. It was a lofty goal, but she is now in her last year of said college. You two have such a darling relationship. Enjoy. Second grade is wonderful and good teachers are such a blessing.

MaryAnnB said...

would love a tutorial for this bag! I have four school age grandchildren that would LOVE this! thanks!

SewLindaAnn said...

Sure, thanks for asking about the tutorial possibility. I'm also interested in the fabric, I'm from NY originally (Long Island) but would love to get some. Great work on the bag, and how neat that your daughter has such inherited talent!

gill said...

I love Chaney's bag! so I'd love a tutorial please!

Marianna said...

I would love a tutorial please :) I am trying not to buy anything I could make for myself - and a few of these bags would be fab for groceries, beach trips + sleepovers. xx

martinmosaics said...

Yes!!!!

I DO want a tutorial!!!

:-)

suemac said...

I am glad she enjoys school. My grandson started kindergarten and he told me he hates school and he is bored. That is after two days. Hopefully things get better.

Lisa said...

Love the bag, love the picture! I hate the first day of school...it means that my babies are growing WAY to fast. I would love a tutorial on the bag. With two cherubs of my own and nieces and nephew all heading to school this is a must have bag!

QuiltyGirl said...

Cute bag for your cute girl! :)

Lynne said...

What a lovely bag. I love that Chaney had input - and what great taste she has!

daisy said...

cute bag for a cute girl - and love her dreams and the selvage idea

Jeannette said...

She adorable and the bag is awesome! Don't you just love it when the kiddos like our sewing for them?

Live a Colorful Life said...

Everything about that bag is adorable--including the little girl who is carrying it. Why do they grow up so quickly? Charlotte LOVED her first day of school yesterday. And she needs a bag for piano lessons so yes, tutorial please.

noga quilts said...

Lovely lovely book bag! Good luck with the new school year! Your daughter is just adorable!

Connie said...

What a cute bag for a little cutie!

Deanna said...

A tutorial would be great! It is such a good shape and size.

Annabella said...

I'm in love with NYC too and that book bag is adorable as is the photo of your daughter.

Gabriela said...

Great bag and I love your daughter's fabric selections. A tutorial would be great! Happy first day of school!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and keep it marked as one of my favorites. I would love a tutorial for that bag. Your daughter is precious! Florence

susan said...

Your daughter has a great eye for fabrics and you made a great big for her.

Jen said...

Super cute! Chaney will be rocking that to school everyday!

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