So, Rory and I are planning a short getaway later this summer, just the two of us. I am so excited I may scream. The thought of uninterrupted sleep, meals, and time to shop spend with my hubby, brings a grin to my face. My awesome mother in law will be taking the kiddos while we make a break for it enjoy ourselves. Of course, kids always need stuff. Lots of it.
So this gave me a chance to kill two birds with one stone, as the duffel bags we have right now are simply unsuitable for children. They are black and boring. Ugh. the horror.
So the Make your Getaway pattern for this adorable duffel bag came to my rescue! (From my sponsor Gingercake.)
Fabric for Charlotte’s bag is:
main fabric: Amy Butler Midwest Modern 2 Sand Ripple Stripe
accent fabric: Amy Butler Midwest Modern 2 Linen Happy Dots
Fabric for Sadie’s bag is:
main fabric: Amy Butler Soul Blossom Cinnamon Temple Tulips
accent fabric: Amy Butler Soul Blossom Cilantro Laurel Dots
I made one for each of the girls to keep their clothes and special toys in. This one is obviously Charlotte’s. She had no choice in her fabric, Sadie chose for her. I keep telling Charlotte that she needs to learn to talk so she can defend herself, but not much yet. She did start saying KA KA KA for a duck sound recently. We’re so proud. (no, seriously.)
I appliqued a C and S, respectively, and even used a little embroidery floss to outline Charlotte’s C. Sadie got a satin stitch, as I was burned out from the hand sewing. for reals. yech.
I love the fact that you can coordinate, mis match, or otherwise use whatever fabric combos you can dream up for these bags. The zipper wasn’t hard at all to put in. (though I wish I’d picked out a zipper with plastic teeth instead of metal. I got so scared of sewing near it.)
I did have problems with getting the bottom/side piece to match up with the sides of the bag. I found that cutting an inch or two off of the length helped the fit. Other than that, it was really easy to put together, I especially liked how sturdy the handles are. I think I’ll add some ribbon to the zippers to make it easier for little hands to open.
All in all, it was a great pattern, and turned out a fun bag that I think the kids will love! Stay tuned for a giveaway for Gingercake patterns soon!