The summer holidays have only just started and already the kids have put “I’m bored, mum what can I do” on repeat. I bought some amazing fabric a while back, for those who follow me on twitter I posted it on there, pre colour! So this one time, I actually had a solution for them (now to find a solution for the next 5,749,001 times), I gave them some fabric pens (left over from when we designed our own T-Shirts at Christmas) and left them to it. 40 minutes later my fabric was ready!
What to do with it? I was originally thinking pencil cases, but I’d recently made a couple of those. A tea towel was another thought, but I wasn’t sure how well the colours would last and I would have liked something that benefited the kids. In the end I settled on a little bag/pouch each, which funnily enough ALL of them have used as a pencil case, kids!
I only had one FQ so I split it into 3, each being 7″ wide, with each strip, I folded it over into the pouch shape and cut on the bottom fold and rounded the edges of what would be the flap. I did the same for the lining, I used a white fleece for this, mainly as it was the only white fabric I had to hand that wasn’t muslin, but it gives the pouches a nice feel I think. to actually make the pouches I used THIS tutorial, I’ve used it a couple of times before and made the funkiest little nappy bag for when we’re out on our walks and I don’t want to bring the whole shebang!
My kids love their pouches, even if they are using it as a pencil case!
My eldest sat with me while I made these, and loved the decorative stitches on my machine and wanted me to add his favourite to his bag. We all know how I don’t need much of an excuse to use a decorative stitch so I obliged, even if it was a little out of place. They all chose their own colour poppers, my 7 year old loves pink which I’m so pleased about, there’s not enough pink in my life with 6 boys running the show. Still a bit odd when he tells Chris off for wearing shorts with flowers on as flowers are “for girls” I won’t even pretend to understand my kids.
Both the kids and I loved making these. It’s the 1st time I’ve involved the kids with what I’m sewing, have you ever done anything to involve the kids in what you are making?