Reversible Messenger Bag

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I promised to share a tutorial for a 'boy' version of my reversible bag, so here it is!

I decided to go with the classic combination of red and navy blue. I used a lightweight twill fabric and decided to use some fusible fleece to make the fabric a bit more stable. I'm happy with the way it turned out. Not so happy with the white paint that managed to get on the edge of the bag's flap, but my little guy wanted to help with the painting...enough said.

I used my tutorial for the reversible bag here but changed it up a little bit for the messenger bag style. First, I cut the main body pieces into rectangles measuring 12.50 inches wide by 9 inches tall.  I also recommend cutting the strap pieces about 27 inches long, making the strap long enough to wear across the body.

To make the flap, I cut a piece that measured 9.5 inches wide by 8 inches tall from each fabric. I rounded the bottom corners of the flap and sewed with a .25 inch seam allowance, leaving the 'top' open. As shown below, you'll want to notch out your curve so it lays neatly when turned right side out.

Turn the flap right side out, press, and topstitch. Make the strap and bag body just like my reversible bag tutorial.

Now it's time to pin! I really don't like pinning, but there's definitely a plus to pinning here. You need to place the flap in between the bag body pieces and pinning will keep it in there and minimize shifting. I know, pinning is overrated, but do it anyway. :)

Topstitch around the opening of the bag and you are done! Unless you decide to paint an awesome lightening bolt or equally cool design on your bag. My son randomly decided on the lightning bolt so we went with it. Just a little bit of fabric paint goes a long way...

Now, when I drag my unwilling 4 year old on errands with me, he has a place to keep all his toys. Because it doesn't seem right for him to go anywhere without wanting to tote along ALL his favorite things. Please tell me I'm not the only one with kids who insist on bringing stuff into stores. Who then leave it in the cart. Then remember they forgot their toy after you've done up their carseat buckle, loaded up your purchases into the car, and are backing out of the parking spot that was at the very end of the lot. Please, tell me I'm not the only one!?!

I did sew the flap of the bag in so it would contrast the body of the bag. But you know what? I like it better the other way. I'm not going to change it, but wanted to show what it looks like both ways.

Add your favorite embellishments, appliques, or whatever you choose, to make this bag as unique as your little one!
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Guest Posting

Monday, April 7, 2014
Today I am posting over at Make It - Love with a tutorial for this reversible bag. It is seriously so much fun and I forgot to mention over EASY. I'm talking, 30 minutes easy. Nothing is better than a cute, quick project for the kiddos!

I'll be sharing my 'boy' version in a few days so come on back to check it out! Make it easy by subscribing to Grandma's Chalkboard so you don't miss a thing. Thanks for stopping by!


Rainy Days

Thursday, March 27, 2014
I realized yesterday, that when the weather is gloomy and sad, I like to call people on the phone just to chat away the time. That means I ended up spending quite a bit of time talking with my sisters yesterday! We cover all the topics: food, kids, exercising, clothes, sewing, you name it, we probably talked about it.

And over the course of our meandering conversation (don't you love how conversations do that!), my younger sister mentioned that her girls like playing 'store.' They have the fake food, a little cash register, and even a little grocery cart (I think. I may have added the grocery cart in my head.)

But what their store is without, is miniature grocery bags. And more specifically, little market bags that look remarkably like the real thing. Even down to having the repeating red THANK YOU on them. So, being a sucker for miniature things, I decided to make one. Right then.

 It's not exactly like the real thing, but a very cute version if I may say so. Yikes, I love it!

 I guess rainy days are good for something! (Well, something other than putting all that wonderful water in our lakes and rivers.)



Thursday, March 20, 2014
My favorite fabrics of late are starting to remind me of Cadbury mini eggs and speckled jelly beans.  I may need to take a long walk down the seasonal aisle at the nearest grocery store just to smell all that sugar. Yum!

Until then, I should organize all my pretty fabric in neat rows of color coordinated goodness. And if that ever happens, I'll take a picture of it for sure.


Gone Floral

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Most of the time, I don't really like large floral prints. I love a small floral print, but as soon as a floral print becomes actual size or larger, I steer clear of it.

BUT, a while back (okay, maybe a year or more) I was looking for some fabric to match some I already had but didn't want to use without coordinating it with another print. I found Moda's Marmalade floral fabric and didn't hate it. I won't say that I loved it, or even really liked it, but it matched the fabric I already had.

Well, both fabrics sat on my shelf, constantly reminding me that I did, at one time, have big plans for them. And the longer they sat on the shelf, the more I found myself actually liking the floral. Now, I completely understand the ramifications that come with admitting that I do like a floral fabric. So to those who grew up with me, and may call me out on it, I know. I don't like florals. But I like this one.

Now, the fabric has become a skirt. And I love it. I wish I had a little girl who did too, because wouldn't this be adorable with a little denim jacket and some gold sandals? Um, yeah, it would.

It's a basic skirt, made from just one long strip of fabric with a hem on the bottom and an elastic casing on the top. I like to put a bow or button in the middle for fun. It helps kids know which side is the front, and when they line up the bow, straight below their belly button, it's on just right!

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10 More Days

Monday, March 10, 2014
Last Saturday was a perfect reminder that Spring is almost here! The weather was perfectly perfect if you ask me. I'm not one that loves summer (that may have a lot to do with my fair complexion) and while winter brings playing in the snow and hot chocolate, one can really only consume so much hot chocolate before it starts to show. Let's face it.
So before it starts snowing again, I put together a collection of things that make me happy knowing Spring is just around the corner.

Pillow Cover, Coral Pillow, ...

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser, a ...

Coral Ring, 14kt Gold-filled...

WATERPROOF Diaper bag / Mes...

BULK, Open Pollinated, Grow ...

PDF Instant Download - Croch...

notebook aqua grid washi tap...

Yellow Handwoven Turkish han...

Gray Yellow, Ivory Silk Sati...

Orange earrings, handmade, d...

White lilac tartan table nap...

Aqua & White Chevron Paper S...

Romantic Vintage Hearts Garl...

Craspedia Wedding Bouquet Br...

Distressed White Wood - Phot...

Delicate Pompom Trim / but...

I've been going through my craft room and am feeling the need to use up some of the fabric I've been holding on to. I have a project in mind I hope to share soon!
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DIY Leprechaun Loot Bags

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I'm excited to be sharing a fun St. Patrick's Day project over at Make It-Love It today! Click on over to check it out!

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