Monday, November 2, 2009

32-minute Messenger Bag to the rescue

Yesterday we had our cousins over for dinner, which is always lots of fun. One of them had just celebrated her 7-year-old birthday and in the chaos of swine flu and Halloween, I didn't have a birthday present on hand. So I whipped-up a Messenger Bag as a gift.

I hadn't done one in a while and I was a pleasantly reminded how quickly this comes together. It would have gone together even faster if I didn't have to unpick the last step because I'd twisted the strap before I sewed the second side down. Woops. A classic case of 'haste makes waste' which I seem to be really good at.

The fabric came purely from the stash. And since it is for a 7-year-old, I figured she wouldn't mind if I mixed Amy Butler and an Aunt Gracie print, as long as there was purple involved.

And a brief Halloween report. This year we had a fairy (who wore the blue stuff in the recent post), an East High cheerleader (the costume was a High School Musical outfit, but I personally loved it since I graduated from the real East High School where all 3 movies were filmed. [My husband is going to make fun of me for posting that.] ); a handsome Knight (costume recycled from last year- I figured no one in our new neighborhood would know and it made life SO much easier) and an adorable Fireman. This was my favorite costume since we already had the coat, hat, and plastic ax. So when I came across these fireman wellies at Target, I couldn't pass them up as they were the perfect touch.

Fortunately the swine flu abated before all the festivities. Hurrah. Also, many thanks again for the Halloween goodies suggestions. Here's a couple pictures of some of them. I didn't get around to finding the camera before the others were consumed. The salty bones were SO easy and a HUGE hit. The witch fingers were a little more time consuming, but provided sufficient 'ewww's" to make it worth it. We also had vegetables with 'swamp dip' and cheese stick fingers.


  1. Oh, Amy. I just love reading your blog. The messenger bag--beautiful, even for someone older than a 7-year-old (like me, for instance). And pictures of Halloween. Great stuff.

  2. Cool pictures! looks like the kids enjoyed themselves. Love the bag canyou adopt me?

  3. So happy you're all feeling better. I loved the kids costumes and the goodies looked yummy too!

  4. What a great quick gift for a 7 year old. I think they all love purple. Great Halloween especially now that you are all feeling better.

  5. Purple!!!!!!! Who wouldn't love Amy Butler and Aunt Grace? Purple!!! The Amy Butler pattern is one of my favorites!!! Purple!!!


  6. Great fabric combo on the bag! Glad you all are feeling alright and had a great weekend :)

  7. LOVE the messenger bag! I had no idea you guys had been glad that things are improving! And thanks for all the support while I was gone :-)

  8. Love the messenger bag..I have my reliable tote bag pattern to fall back on it case of gift emergencies!!!


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