While it's certainly been amusing to see Rosa trying to lug too-big bags around the house (one tiny arm hiked up in a vain effort to keep the strap on her shoulder), I decided to make her a bag more fitted to her diminutive scale. And while I'm not the girly makeup/nail polish/frou frou sort of mom, it was fun to sew my baby girl her very first purse!
The purse fabric is actually a Waverly print I bought at Wal-Mart almost a decade ago, and the solid pink is from a set of dresser scarves that my mother-in-law passed along. It's nice when I don't have to go digging in my purse to make one for Rosa!
I drafted the pattern myself, after searching in vain for a free tutorial or pattern online. I stuck with simple shapes and measurements, and it turned out just fine (though that curved "yoke" piece was a beast to attach to the main body of the purse!).
A little wooden toggle serves as a closure (though I doubt Rosa will be able to manage it for several years!).
For the straps, I went simple -- two strips sewn together and tapered at the ends, and tied in a double knot. I know, I really shouldn't try so hard. *wink*
Now Mama's stash is smaller and Rosa has the perfect receptacle for her little books and toys. That makes two happy girls!