Emma celebrated her eighth birthday recently. Eight. I know, I’m like a broken record, but honestly the speed that my children age astounds me.
She had a pretty simple wish list – a new sketch book, some colored pens, and a new leotard for ballet. She’s so incredibly easy to please, this one. I wanted to do a little more for her and couldn’t figure out what it should be until I saw her carrying her cardboard box of art things up and down the stairs, trying to find baskets to put them in to go outside for some sketching en plein air. This one needed an art bag.
So a quick trip to a store for fabric (purple, of course), a search online for a tutorial (I used this one), and some very stealthy sewing with my work on one side of a makeshift divider and Emma playing just a few feet away in the living room, oblivious to my making.
I’m very happy with the way it turned out, though I think my pocket placement could have been higher. It’s a very roomy bag, but when you’re eight, that counts for an awful lot, as I think this bag will be used for much more than just sketch books, pens and pencils. The strap is a bit too long for her tiny frame, but I had to just go with the tutorial instructions for the sake of time and stealth. I also put a few small pockets on the inside front for little things – shading sticks, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener and chapstick – you know, the necessities.
And now I want to make one for Maddie, who carries her supplies around in a large wicker basket, and maybe one for Cate so she can paint in the park. And surely Zach could use one for his clay. And it would make a very nice knitting bag as well. Hmmm. I think I see a lot of bags in my future.