Here is the mini skateboard roll I’ve made for Thom to go with his bag. I used a crayon roll tutorial (http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2010/05/crayon-roll-tutorial/) and changed the button and elastic fastening to velcro. Space for Thom’s ever expanding collection of fingerboards.
After I made ollie’s car wrap last week, Thom asked if I could make something for him. I found a great little messenger bag tutorial (http://www.sweetfloweret.com/2011/02/tutorial-boy-messenger-bag.html). Here is the result. I made a few adjustments to the pattern like making the strap a bit wider and using wadding instead of fleece. Also I added some pockets inside. He loves it and has now commissioned me to make a finger board wrap for his mini-skateboards. Watch this space!
Lots of pockets inside for cars, pencils and mini skateboards.
I’ve made ollie this car mat from an idea on pinterest. (http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2009/12/cozy-car-caddy-tutorial.html).He really likes it. The hardest part was his constant questioning as to whether it was finished yet!
Car mat all rolled up and ready to go somewhere!
After the success of my first bag I thought I’d make another, but with a different fabric. I wanted more wintery look, so i chose this grey pinstripe wool/flannel. I went for a contrasting polka dot lining, which I really like. I was going to go for a plain grey or black lining but the advice of the lady at the very brilliant Polsloe Bridge fabric shop was spot on (pardon the pun!). I decided to do another version of the appliqué birds I did on my cushion for the outside. I am really pleased with it! Here’s the pattern http://www.grandrevivaldesign.com/index.html
Other side of bag with different birdie!
This time I had a go at adding an internal pocket. I used some of the external fabric for contrast. It is just the right size for my phone, so no more scrabbling around in the bottom of my bag to find it! Here’s the tutorial for the pocket http://fatorangecat.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/how-to-sew-a-pocket/
The tutorial I used didn’t have a handle opening. As I don’t have a permanent sewing machine home, this seemed essential to help with moving it around. Thankfully after a bit of searching I found instructions for how to make the handle hole (http://nerospostandpatch.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/sewing-machine-cover-buttonhole-tutorial-for-the-handle/) Pretty pleased, though I did finish it off after a day at crealy with the kids, so my concentration wasn’t the best!
Now I’m using my sewing machine so much I thought I’d better give it some TLC with a nice cover! I used the rest of my cushion cover fabric and some old curtain material for the lining which matched the brown leaves perfectly. Here’s the tutorial I used http://craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com/2011/09/sewing-machine-cover.html