March 19, 2010

Feature Friday - boy bag with patch

As part of "Celebrate the Boy" last month I saw a cute tutorial I wanted to try out.  It was the messenger bag from Amborsia Girl.  She purchased an ammo bag from an army surplus store and then put a cute freezer-stenciled patch on it.  It's a simple, quick project and a lot of fun.

Well, turns out I don't have an army surplus store super close by and turns out I'm cheap, so here's what I did instead.


I pulled out an old pair of capris that I was no longer using.  You can see I've already used them a bit for scrap fabric.


I just cut out a large square around the pocket to make my own bag.


I hemmed the top edge and then sewed it together.  For a strap I used these straps that came laced around the knee of my husband's shorts.  He didn't like them dangling, so he pulled them out.  It was the perfect size for a strap.  I had two of the strands, so I used one to add as a stripe to the pocket.


Next, I had to decide what the patch would look like.  I picked another one of my son's obsessions - Legos.  He's not really big enough to put complex lego stuff together, but he loves the lego men.  He's always decapitating them and changing up their outfits.


I drew a lego head for my stencil and stitched it onto the bag.  He's happy to have a way to carry them all around and I'm happy I don't have to lug them around everywhere.  It's win-win baby!




...and he's off to play.


The cost of crafting was a bit high this week....and I'm not talking about dollars.  Tuesday my son was playing with the neighbor boy.  The neighbor boy did a little too much spinning in our swings and threw up into my ottoman.  It's one thing to clean up your own child's puke, but someone else's kid?  NASTY!!!

Then Wednesday Rex and his cousin played outside while my sister and I crafted.  When they came in they were covered in dirt, but we didn't think much of it.  We just cleaned them up a bit.  Then Rex started talking about going ouside and playing with the "beans" again.  Guess what "beans" are.  Deer poop!  They were scooping it up and playing with it all over the yard.  NASTY!!!  No more beans for him.

What's happened while you were crafting?

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