The kids have been commandeering my bags lately for their own purposes (namely, toting random items around the house), so I decided it was time to make them bags of their own in a more appropriate size! Here's Little Man's:
I bought the patch many moons ago -- Little Man spotted it during a JoAnn shopping trip, and was so excited that I couldn't resist buying it for him. He does love "Cars!" I wish I'd placed it a little lower on the bag, since I didn't account for the flap needing to cover the bag opening -- but c'est la vie. Little Man hasn't complained about it! *wink* I applied it with an iron, but also sewed over some of the existing black lines for added security.
I managed to find a suitable lining fabric in my stash, which meant I didn't need to make a trip to the fabric store to complete the project. I love it when that happens! Taking a cue from the lining color, I did all of the topstitching in a pale green.
Other than a few kinks (like my sewing the strap in backwards -- not a big deal, but annoying enough to me to unpick it and put it in the right way), this was a remarkably smooth and satisfying project. Little Man seems to approve, considering how much he uses his "Mater bag." The first day he had it, he apparently thought it would be a great idea to place all of his wooden puzzles pieces in it. All of them. Boy, was that a fun mess to sort out! Since then, he's opted for his entire matchbox car collection, and other sundry bits and bobs.
Rosa's bag is up next!