Sunday, February 07, 2010

A preschooler needs a book bag!

Yes she does! I've been hoarding a half yard of gorgeous Michael Miller 'Pet Deer' fabric, not quite knowing what I'd do with it. When we were asked to ensure our new preschoolers came with a book bag I knew!

I wanted the bag to be fairly large, to accommodate the giant picture books little kids seem to prefer, so I used the entire half yard to make the bag. I sliced off the selvage and then two 1 1/2" strips for handles. The remaining fabric formed the outer shell of the bag. I lined it with some purple homespun.
The bag has a little green button on one side and a loop stitched into the top seam on the other for the closure. I even sewed one of my new labels onto one of the handles. Rom loves it, so I guess it's another successful craft project :) She starts preschool (kindergarten) on Thursday; we had an 'interview' with her new teachers last Friday. She loved the idea of preschool, but she's not so keen on reality, although she's been going to 'playschool' for over a year, so I think she'll be fine once she gets there. Nerves are normal - I remember having 'collywobbles' when I was young too :)

Here's the link to the company that made my woven labels, if you're keen: Apparel Labels. They cost around AUD$40 for 100.I can't quite believe I have a preschooler! What's next? Finishing high school and leaving home? Aiyee!

14 comments:

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Fabulous book bag! glad to hear that the school year has got off to a great start.

Little Munchkins said...

I love the fabric. I can see why you have been keeping it for something special.

I know what you mean about the kids growing up so quickly. I can't believe my son is already in school!

Kylie said...

Love the fabric well done. I have a bag to make for Amelia this week to. Can't believe our little girls will be in school next year:)

Joyce said...

The bag is very cute. I'm sure she'll love school once she starts. Next thing you know you'll be a grandma. Trust me, I know. Where did the time go??? Next thing I know, I'll be a great grandma, although my oldest granddaughter assures me I have nothing to worry about on that score.

Doodlebug Gail said...

What a great book bag for a growing girl! When my DD started Kindergarten it took her forever to settle down ..... I thought she'd never stop crying in the mornings when I dropped her off! Well, she's in Grade 5, 10 years old and no longer requires me to walk her to school! Yep, they grow up too quickly.

Hugs,
Gail

QuiltingFitzy said...

Make sure you get us a first day off to school picture! WOW! Time sure flies.

The bag is darling, the purple lining is beautiful!

Chookyblue...... said...

bag looks great......they grow way to fast.......I have no kids in infants anymore...........quite sad really........
nice labels I need to get some new ones........

Kelly said...

Awesome Bag! My biggest "graduated" into proper Primary (yr 3) this year, Its tough when, really, it was only yesterday they were a babe in arms *sigh* too fast, much too fast!

Helen said...

Loving the bag Lily! She'll have the smartest looking bag in class.

Jenni said...

It's a lovely bag - great fabric I can see why you've been hoarding it. Good luck with school, my niece and nephew couldn't wait to get back there. I certainly don't remember feeling like that!

nicolette said...

Lovely bag Lily!

Good luck with Romily starting pre-school. A big step for her and her mom! Time flies but it will take some years for her to finish high-school and leave home, so take a deep breath...LOL!

Les Petits Anglais said...

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Natalie said...

Ooooh this has to be the cutest book bag I've seen! the fabric is just adorable

Jandi said...

Very cute! I love the fabrics!