Birthday Bags

Recently we had a couple of birthdays to celebrate.  One for a friend of my daughter, turning 11, and the other was for my 11 year old niece.  Generally, I really don’t like birthday culture for children.  I think it is pretty commercial, and children get lost in the shuffle of stuff.  That said, I don’t want neglect to give a gift, either, so I feel better about it if I can make the gift.  It allows us to really spend time thinking about the birthday child and make something that can really be enjoyed, while leaving the worst of the consumer mentality behind.  

My daughter Lucia has been using a bag/purse to carry around her important possessions, like her sketch pad, colored pencils, a quill, ink, her book and I’m not sure what else.  She actually has a collection of a few different bags that she uses depending on how she wants to accessorize.  She mentioned that she would like for me to make her a messenger bag, so I thought this might be a great opportunity to make a few.  One for her and one for each birthday girl.

I found a bag that wasn’t too big, but that had an adjustable strap and wasn’t too difficult to make.  Lucia and I dug up some cute cotton/linen fabric and got going. 

These bags were easy to make and they turned out really cute.  In fact, my son James mentioned that he’d like one for himself so that he can take it with him while he explores and use it more as a nature bag.