It's birthday time again which means my daughter is now 12, yes 12!! She's off to High School in a week or so which she's really looking forward to but I just can't get my head round it at all.
Mostly what she wanted was money to buy clothes so her actual number of presents isn't that huge but that's the way it goes as they get older. I got her a couple of surprise presents one of which was some Cherry Chocolate Marshmallows, these are a gorgeous treat (made in Edinburgh) and the seller Maggie is lovely and the were posted out super fast. I didn't manage to get a photo before we'd sampled some so the bag is minus 4 marshmallows not half empty.
As I mentioned in my last post she requested a bag made with the same melody Miller print as my 241 Tote so I dutifully complied. I used the Michelle Patterns Messenger Bag pattern and that worked out really well as it used up the bit of fabric left over from my 241 Tote - I love it when I can completely use up a whole cut of fabric - so does my scrap box it's bursting at the seams.
Here's the bag next to the jeans she wanted we honestly didn't realise at the time that they matched her bag. If anyone is trying to find jeans to fit slim kids H & M is the place to go, in fact the only place we can get jeans that fit and still have adjustable waists even at age 10 (yes she is quite petite so still not in age 12 clothes).
I left of the side pockets this time (here's my first version so you can see what I mean) as I wanted it to be a more simple bag but of course now I'm thinking maybe I should have added them - perfectionist me - never! Anyway apart from that I made it exactly as it's written in the pattern, next time I might use a magnetic snap instead of a button maybe.
The inside flap is some red Summerville Hatch and the lining is Klona cotton in Crimson. I used cotton batting and Vilene G700 (SF101 equivalent) interfacing. The outer is some denim that has been a half made skirt for me for about 20 years which needless to say would never have fitted after all this time so I was really glad to find a use for it.
Kirstin's has a really chilled birthday with lots of junk food, popcorn, fizzy juice, visits from family, a friend over for a Harry Potter marathon, not sure when that'll finish so just as well it's a sleepover too.
Oh and of course cake, you've got to have cake, it's the law you know ;)
Bye for now