Sunday, March 4, 2012

Yet Another New Bag

My boy loves his bag. I have posted about this before. He really does wear it everyday and almost everywhere. It quickly looks rather worn. His poor pitiful bag was looking very gross so I decided to make  him yet another bag this weekend. I didn't make the same made up pattern that I had made before. I made him one that took a whole lot more effort on my part. This one actually required a pattern and zippers. I bought this pattern about a month ago, after hearing about from this blog. I tried it out and made a bag for me. He loved it so much he has been pestering me about making him one.

For my bag and also Ian's new bag I have used some old pants. So the fabric is recycled. I try to reuse things as much as possible.  My husband's pants that he wears to work each day tend to fray around the cuffs but the rest of the fabric still look good so I figured they would make a good sturdy bag. I had to use two pairs of of pants for one bag but the pair used for the lining could be used again to line another bag.
The small inside pocket found on one side of the large main pocket is perfect to hold his little first aid kit and a pencil or pen.
He loves all the pockets in this bag. He was very excited that it had zippers as well.
It is a bit larger than the bag he is used to wearing. The pattern says it is big enough to hold an ipad. I don't have one of those to see if it is true but it certainly will hold a book and my boys stash of sticks and such that he carries around in his bag all the time.  I hope it looks manly enough. I tried to pick colors that would be neutral and boyish which wasn't hard since I made it from his father's old pants. I know he loves it because he has already started wearing it full time.
This bag is a little more complicated than I usually undertake but it turned out so great and went together very easily. I am not a seamstress and do not claim any talent in sewing so if I can make this and have it turn out looking anything like the original it must be a good pattern. The directions are very easy to follow and the pictures are very helpful!  I think more patterns need pictures of each step of the process. I need that!

I have a whole stack of pants to work with and I bought a bunch of the hardware needed for the strap so I have a feeling I will be making more of these little bags. Sophie is already demanding one of her own. And of course Henry has decided he needs one too.  I may want another one myself so I can have a few in different colors.  We will have to see how it goes.  Hopefully I will get quicker and better at this pattern as I repeat the process. I am sure I will be making another one for Ian in a few months.  When you wear it non stop every day for months it does get worn pretty quickly.

Don't look at the Lego mess all over the floor. It is the weekend and my kids do nothing but play Legos every weekend. I spend two days stepping very carefully through the front room.


Bibliophile said...

Ah! So Ian has a new bag! Great! Now I want to make some bags like that, since they are so useful and have a tailored look to them. Ian's looks very nice.

Desiree said...

I just may have to try this! I loved reading your last post about his bag, and thought that my boy might like that too. I am glad to see a pattern for something like this. Good idea using the pants!

aly in va said...

You did a great job with the bag. It looks perfect for him. Do I see an Etsy business headed your way?

Kodelle said...

The bag looks great!

Brooke said...

good job, sarah!
btw, what does he keep in there? treasures, i'm sure!