Whilst racking my brains, it struck me that I hadn’t seen her carrying a bag of her own around.
Now pretty much every toddler girl (and pre-school girl, and school girl…) that I know loves a good bag. This particular little girl loves cats and so it was clear that if a bag was going to capture her heart then it would need to have a cat of her own as part of the design.
Now I’ll be the first person to admit that I don’t always get my projects right first time. Planning ahead is not my strong point, but I like to think that I make up for it in enthusiasm.
And I charged so quickly into the creative process that I didn’t consider running off a mock up version before officially committing needle and thread to fabric.
In fact, I was so focused beavering away in my evenings that I really failed to step back and consider the bag as a whole.
Otherwise I might have noticed that the bag was coming up a little small for a two year old and all the fun treasures that she would want to carry.
But I didn’t and so, last stitch sewn, ends tidied up and tools put down… it slowly dawned on me that things had gone a tad awry. To put it bluntly, the bag was too small. It needed to be significantly bigger to carry all of her treasures.
And so I scratched my head, stomped around the house with frustration and eventually picked myself up, and started again. I wasn’t going to be beaten!
And after slightly more preparation than was given to my first attempt, I decided that a toddler messenger bag was clearly in order.
There are a whole raft of tutorials out there on how to make messenger bags suitable for the short of stature. I must apologise that I didn’t have the time to take photos of the bag making process myself but time was of the essence.
I used a fusible webbing and then secured the design firmly in place with hand stitches around the edges.
In case you too are in need of a friendly cat to cheer up a bag, or skirt or other such item, then here is my pattern ready to resize and roll out to suit your needs. There’s also an alternate version to allow you to play around with the pattern and make it your own.
And if that’s not enough then try using buttons for the eyes, a few characterful whiskers or push the boat out completely (and the applique idea overboard) and embroider the outlines instead.