Simon has a great friend who lives across the busy street and down 3 houses. They met each other in preschool. This year, 2nd grade, is the first time they are in the same class since. Simon has been invited to his birthday party. This boy has no siblings; he has lots of toys, just had Christmas, and then a late December birthday. We thought long and hard about what to get him for a gift. I do not like to spend too much money on friend birthday parties; and do not want to give junk that is forgotten or thrown away soon after the party.
This is what we came up with, a "Beast Bag". (Not the best picture, but it IS a picture. And pictures have been lacking here. So, this is what time allowed.)
We went "shopping" in my fabric bin and found all we needed. I did purchase a "Beast Bag" pattern. It helped me with dimensions and to sew the parts in the right order. I did change it up by adding an inside layer, sewing a seam halfway down the outside pocket, and using felt teeth instead of the called-for craft foam teeth. Thanks to previous sewing projects, I knew what to do. Except for one little bunch up, I am quite pleased with how it turned out. I learned how to make straps without turning fabric inside out. The fold, iron, and sew-on-the-edge trick is slick. Simon now wants one. The next bag may include fusible interfacing or a thicker fabric to make it sturdier.
I personally like the inside pocket perfectly sized for a library card. The pattern called for ric rac for the teeth, which I do not have. We trimmed white felt with pinking sheers, and it is the same felt as the eyes and teeth. A decent substitution.
Thanks to my experience using thick/heavy Pellon and my newly learned skill of making straps, I combined both methods and made two coordinating bookmarks. No tassels and no ribbons; this is for a boy and Simon ordered it that way.
Would you smile if you were an 8 year old boy and this greeted you when you opened your gift?
Now he will be ready to check out chapter books and tote them home!