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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Gifts - Book Bag

This is the second post today, so please check out my earlier posting and "walk down memory lane" here: Christmas Past - 2009.

I have really neglected posting on my blog this past week , but I have been trying to get a lot of projects finished - some of them had to be packaged up to be sent out of town, so that has been my focus. I will be sharing some of these in the next few days. 

I found these fabrics in a quilt shop in Ketchikan, Alaska when we were there in September.
I knew the printed letter fabric  would be perfect for several little book bags. 
It took me a while to figure out a design as I had limited material and 3 to make. I used a combination of blues, pinks and a touch of green to create a colourful, fun bag. 
There were lots of bits and pieces to this bag, but once I got started it was quick sewing. The  blue embroidery on the pink and green strips was done with one of the stitches on my sewing machine and adds some detail. Several pockets were designed, because little girls need a place to carry important stuff !!

This bag is heading to New Zealand for my 2 year old grand niece - Mattie. My sister-in-law leaves Canada this week-end  to spend Christmas (and January) with her daughter, son-in-law and grand daughter. My niece and her husband are expecting their second child at the end of December, so it will be a busy month for all of them.  

Here's the final grouping of gifts for Mattie - book bag, 3 little books and "Dora the Explorer" doll. She loves books and Dora, so hopefully this will give her some distraction once the new baby arrives!

I also made a little tag with Papertrey Ink's Tiny Treats: Christmas to 
attach to the final gift package.  (My SIL will wrap everything when she 
arrives in NZ, as it's easier to pack things that are not wrapped up in boxes and bags.)

Thanks for visiting. Have a great week!!


Sue Plote said...

How cute is that bag? Love it! And who could miss the adorable TT: Christmas Tag. Way awesome!

BethieJ said...

Karen I LOVE it! What a FUN idea.. such a GREAT gift.. your tag are so CUTE too!
THANKS for playing along for the 12 days of Xmas!
Have a GREAT day!

Stephanie said...

OMG, Karen! How cute is that bag??? I love it! I'm sure that Mattie will keep it forever! It's just adorable!

Jen Carter said...

Super great job on that bag!! I love your tag you made too! Super cute!

Chris said...

Those are adorable, Karen! Books are such great gifts, and what a personal and special way to give them in your bookbag!

Lorraine said...

Oh what an adorable & personal gift! She will love the books and her own homemade bag. I do. And your tag is just as cute.

Anne B said...

What a gorgeous bag. I'm sure Mattie will love her special gift. Love the shape of yoru tag too :)

Emily said...

What a sweet bag! Indeed, a girl can never have too many pockets in her bag!

Michelle said...

Hey! - - we went to Ketchikan too....in the summer...did an Alaskan cruise. And that is probably why this fabric looks familiar to me. I feel like I've seen it before. This bag is adorable....she is going to love it...girls love bags!

Rose said...

What a sweet gift set !! I love the seing on your bag, looks like so much thought went into this!!

steph said...

Super cute book bags, Karen! And I love that little deer tag- it's my favorite image from that set!

Kelly said...

What a perfect gift bag!I love how it coordinates with the books!

Kristin said...

Love this!! Since I am super new to sewing, I am so excited now to see projects with sewing :-)