When I saw this retro print I knew it would be great sewn into a bag for an older boy. The weight of the fabric is perfect for a bag and it just so happens that I have an older boy! I was excited to make this bag for Jed, as it is always much easier to sew for girls or younger children. Shorts made from cute froggy material or a monkey softie is not wistfully dreamed of by eleven year old boys!
I used a grey furnishing fabric for the body and lining of the bag and the retro print for the flap. I added some initials on the strap (Jed and I have the same initials so they do double duty!) by stamping the letters onto cotton tape. I like it!
Yes - it's a zippered internal pocket!!
The other little 'extra' that I added to Jed's bag (go me!) is an internal pocket. Granted, this isn't a difficult thing to do, but anything that takes a bit of extra time is, well, extra! Measuring the placement, cutting the pocket pieces, sewing the zipper and so on. Now that it is done, I think I'll add one of these to the bags I make from now on! The only other feature I'd like to add (next time!) is a magnetic closure. And then I'll make a hundred of them! Oh, and just in case you were wondering, Jed loves his satchel (because boys don't use 'bags'!!).