the bags of summer past

i've mentioned before how much i loved being home with the boys this summer. it was different than years past. not only because i was home full time, but because they are at the awesome in between age of still being very little boys, yet so much more independent than a year or so ago. i am not packing up bags full of bottles, changes of clothing, etc. anymore and can i just tell you what a relief that is?

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!


a friend to knit with said...

okay. why didn't i ever do that with my boys! SO cute. i think i still find legos and guys in my purse!

i don't see your email address anywhere.
maybe you don't have my right one?


try again! :)

Jane said...

What a great idea! I love how they are a solid color on the outside, but on the inside, there is a surprise! So glad your summer was a fun one!

Elizabeth said...

So stinkin' cute. I can't tell you how many times I've complained about the same thing lately (although I'm sure my kids are keeping count - just ignoring it). It's going on my list - oh that infamous and growing list of things to make. So happy to see you back in the bloggin' swing!

LR said...

Quite the transition.
My two little ones just went on a sleep-over at Grandma & Grandpa's with their By the Lakeside Sandy bag! Photo to follow.
Lisa xoxo