Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I Like Big Books (and I Cannot Lie)--Book Bag

The other night while I was sewing up some shorts for the Kylinator, he came up to watch. Then he decided he really, really, really wanted to help make something. I decided that a bag might be a good project for him to help with. We're going to sign him up for the summer reading program at our local library, so he should get some use out of this bag.

I didn't take pictures of the process because Kyle was breathing down my neck at every step. It's just a basic lined tote bag. I'm sure there are tons of tutorials online. I just used fabric I had on hand. The gray is a sort of twill, I think. It should be nice and sturdy. Kyle chose the lining fabric from my stash.

When it was sewn, of course I couldn't leave it alone! I added a little Silhouette vinyl to it.  I wish I could take credit for coming up with the saying, but that came from the girls at eighteen25 on this post. It still cracks me up so much.

Kyle was a little disappointed with the sewing process. He thought he'd be able to just sit at the machine and make something all by himself. But there was no way I was going to relinquish that much control. My machine was too expensive to let him go crazy on it. I've seen what he does with his toys! Plus, his issues with ADD and impulsivity were in full force. He didn't want to help cut the fabric because that was taking too long. And then waiting while I pressed the fabric was nearly agony for him. I did let him guide the fabric while I sewed for a little while, then I let him run the pedal while I guided the fabric. I let him do both for one of the side seams, but I ended up standing there and helping him guide the fabric. It was hard for him to pay attention to the pedal and the fabric at the same time. 

Overall, I think it was still a positive experience for him, and he wants to sew more. He thinks maybe his next project will be a blanket for his little sister. Is he a sweetie, or what?

Until next time,


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  1. I love this bag! I don't know how to sew, but maybe I'll give this project a try.

  2. I LOVE this idea! I posted a link to this post on Facebook...too funny!

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