Life story - the short version

I'm a fun loving 30 something year old . Married my favourite guy. Started on my production of children & number 1 is an adorable boy. Big on family. Big on craft. Love country music. Love fuss free + practical ...aaand maybe with just a little bow for decoration!

Love the law of attraction too. And singing ...dancing ...bright colours and excessive punctuation ...and stationery.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The brown bag story

I'd bought this brown fabric, and aqua toned fabric in an 'anti-wrong-fabric-choice' rampage within the last year, intending to make a baby bag.
Here's my problem though. I have an awesome Kapoochi baby bag which has pockets for EVERYTHING including hidden ones (for secure items) I didn't even realise were there for 6 months! To make something adequate I would have to raise the bar SO high it became unattainable.

But now my son is over one year old, and I'm the only Mum I know still carrying around panadol, change mats, hats, spare clothes, and everything else, most places I go "just in case".

I'm one of those people who has always had a MacGyver handbag. You know, if I were stuck in an broken elevator I would probably have something suitable for opening the door, saving everyone on board the elevator and anyone in need of a pen or a nail file in the meantime.
So it's difficult for me to downgrade to a smaller bag.

I don't often fall in love with "handmade bags", and I instantly cringe at the word "tote" 'cause I'm simply wayyyy too cool for that... or at least that's some kind of left-brain/right-brain message happening in my life.

However, when I saw the reversible bag pattern in Stitch magazine (Summer 2012) I could picture it in my perfect fabric choices.

Despite having some ridiculously large metreage of this fabric, I cut into it and got started!
It began with this:

Which turned into the inside... (note the fabulous decorative stitching around the top, yes, leaves on leaves, it's so quaint and I *love* having decorative stitches!)

One day I'll add buttons, sure, but it's the first step to letting go of the baby bag.
What do you think?


  1. It looks great! I still cart around spare clothes in the car for my kids...You sound like a girl after my own heart!

    1. Haha thanks Jessica. Yes, in the car. I'm *SO* doing that instead!

  2. Love the decorative stitch. It all looks good. :)


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