Children’s Art Bag

Many moons ago, Charlie was the recipient of a fantastic birthday present – a home sewn portable art bag.

That little green bag has been carted with us on holidays, to cafés and restaurants and is often stashed in the car in case of an unexpected stop. To be frank it has saved us from the brink of many I’m-bored-tantrums!

Outside of art bag

Loving this western train fabric!

So when we were invited to a second birthday party of the original art bag seamstress I knew just what to make.

So I scoured the web for the perfect pattern and settled on this tutorial from H is for Handmade.

It came together well, and would’ve been quick if it hadn’t sewn one of the inside pockets shut, despite the caution agianist exactly that on the tutorial (there’s an hour of my life of unpicking I’ll never get back!).

The only change I made was to insert a magnetic bag closure to help prevent accidental toddler emptying of the contents.

The outside fabric was quilting cotton from Lincraft Inside of art bagin Melbourne CBD as was the red contrast. The inside blue fabric (with trains) was a cotton flannel from Spotlight, with the rest of it ending up as PJs for Father’s Day.

Finally, Charlie spotted the western train fabric as I was sewing up this project and had to have some! “A shirt please Mum, with no buttons and a square of My Little Pony fabric”. A post for another time perhaps.



Brindille & Twig – Harem Romper

So my first pattern related blog is the Harem Romper from Brindille & Twig.

IMG_9718I made this up in a cotton jersey from Spotlight and a cotton/lycra from Rathdowne Remnants. Annabel had just turned 1 when I took this photo, and my chosen size, 12-18 months fit perfectly.

I’m hoping that the warmer weather we’ve been having here in Melbourne will finally stick around and we’ll get some more wear out of this before she has a growth spurt.

An easy sew, it come together quickly with my overlocker. I did get in trouble from the family for putting on the snaps with my hammer at midnight. Oops!

I love how this pattern turned out and it looks like Annabel agrees!IMG_9721