they can't, however, leave the house completely empty handed if i expect them to stay occupied and happy while running around visiting friends or grocery shopping. i tried teaching them this year that they need to be responsible for their own belongings and entertainment. no more star wars figures or lego figurines lost in the bottom of mama's purse.
so i took colour requests and made them each a messenger bag which travelled everywhere with us this summer. camden chose the tan colour, since it HAD to look like Indiana Jones' bag. jamie chose the blue fabric since blue simply makes him happy.
i used a super simple pattern from this book, which i am really enjoying. i used some of my favorite fabrics in my stash that seemed perfect for boys.....the tan bag has a denyse schmidt plaid, while the blue one has a heather ross dog pattern.
the boys loved them, and i think it was the most rewarding project i've ever sewn. i loved seeing them pack their most interesting belongings or collect rocks and sticks outside to be stashed in their bags. if i could make them for every kid i know, i would!