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Kid Messenger Bag Tutorials

Kid Messenger Bag

I needed to find a cute little pink something for the 5th birthday of my friends wonderful little girl. I know that she likes purses and bags (who doesn’t??) so I decided to make her a monogram kid messenger bag. I had used this great kid sized messenger bag tutorial from Merriment Design  to make my son a library bag. He was older and taller so I adjusted the measurements for him, but used the same basic design and instructions.

For my friends daughter, who is much smaller I kept the same measurements as the tutorial and instead adding something inside the flap I decided to applique her initial on the front of the bag using some Heat n Bond.  I raided my stash of fabric from the thrift store and found a great flower and glitter fabric.  I think she will love it!

I decided to use the Merriment Design tutorial because I had used this tutorial before, but I also found these other free tutorials online that I hope to try in the future. So many tutorials, so little time :-).

CrazyLittleProjects – Personalized Kid Messenger Bag

CraftBuds – Kids Small Messenger Bag

Zaaberry – Kids Messenger Bag Tutorial

 

 

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Lavender Sachet Tutorial – Quick and Easy

I love lavender.  The fragrance, color and feel of the dried leaves between my fingers; the polar opposite to sweaty stinky gym shoes.  This is where the inspiration for this  lavender tutorial began.  I work close to a wonderful little trail and frequently walk on my lunch break. I began to notice the walking shoes I keep under my desk were not as odor free as I would have liked (happens to everyone, right???).  I ordered this 1 pound bag of lavender and came up with these cute little lavender sachets to put into my shoes to keep them fresh smelling. They are quick and easy and can be made with or without an embroidery design. This is my first tutorial – so please feel free to email me if you have any questions on the instructions.

Materials:
1/4 yard of linen (or enough to cut two – four inch squares)
Embroidery Tools (thread (any color), hoop, needle)
Dried Lavender (approx 1/2 cup)
Embroidery Feet Template
Transfer Paper
1/4 inch Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite Double Stick Fusible Tape

Foot Embroidery

Step 1:
> Using transfer paper, transfer feet pattern to fabric. Ensure you have enough space between feet to cut two 4 inch squares
> Embroider using the back stitch.
> Press fabric.
For a great tutorial on embroidery stitches click here or for a tutorial on how to use transfer paper go here.

Feet Step 2:
> Cut a 4 inch square around each foot. You can do this step before you embroider if you have a small enough hoop.
> Cut two 4- inch squares for the back of the fabric.

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Step 3:
> Attach 1/4 inch Steam-A-Seam Lite double stick fusible web to the wrong side of the fabric on all four sides. Leave 1/8 of an inch of fabric on the edge. You will pink the edges later.  I found mine at Amazon here.
> Iron slightly to adhere to fabric and peel off paper on 3 sides only. You need to leave one side on until you fill the lavender sachet.
> Place back fabric wrong side down and iron according to directions to seal the sides together.

Step 4: Fill sachet with lavender leaving a 1/2lavender sachetinch space at the top
> Take off  remaining Steam-A-Seam tape and carefully iron final seam closed.
> Use your pinking shears to cut around all sides OR you can also embroider a blanket stitch around all 4 sides.

Variations:
You can use your sewing machine to sew the lavender sachet sides. Sew around (right sides together) leaving 2-3 inches to turn and fill the sachet. Next, seal using the Steam-A-Seam or hand sew close.

Place your lavender sachet anywhere you need some freshness.