Monday, February 24, 2014

birthday sewing

My little guy turns 11 today. He's been asking me to make him a sew together bag since before Christmas. I figured making one for his birthday was the next best thing. Deadlines are good! I'm so excited to surprise him with it after he gets home from school!
If you aren't familiar with the sew together bag it's a nifty little sewing bag that has 3 zipper compartments inside. (Pattern is available for purchase here.)
 
I used an assortment of colored zippers that I found thrifting many years ago. (I looked back, it was May of 2007. Hoard much?) I love the lime green pocket in the middle. I didn't have the right shade of gray to match the zipper so I went with a contrasting color instead. It ties in with the patchwork on the outside, too. It was fun to pick so many prints for one pouch!
It zips up into a nice little compact bag. I'm sure that my son will have fun filling it with all kinds of trinkets and goodies.
I didn't notice until I was photographing it for the blog, but his birth year, 2003, is printed on the green patch. I'm so charmed by that accidental detail.
It matches the one I sewed up for myself a few months ago. This is scrap project #54/101.

Last year was the year of the big pillows, and I guess this is the year of the sew together bag. I love that my kids love hand made (almost) as much as I do.

Happy Monday to you!

28 comments:

Svetlana said...

it's perfect. Happy birthday to your son.

Pattie D said...

Happy Birthday to your son! What a great mom you are... I love this little bag and have made a few...however would not have thought to make it for a boy! Yeah for a new idea...THANKS AJ you are an inspiration to many!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

How cool is it that his birth year is on the bag! love little coincidences like that. The inside of these bags get me every time. They are great!

Fran said...

That spotty binding is fabulous! What a great project.

Melinda said...

Happy birthday to your son and happy birth day to you. It's a pretty special day for you also, I love your bags and have put it on the "definitely must make list".

Smultronbo said...

That pouch looks awesome. I'm sure he'll love it. Thanks for sharing.

madfabriholic said...

Happy momiversary to you- what a great bag. That sneaky 2003 is awesome. (My guy was also born in 2003, but September...)

Kelsey said...

These turned out great! I reaaaaaallly need to start working on mine soon! It's hard to stop thinking about it when so many of these versions are showing up online. Thanks for the monday eye candy :)

bethanndodd said...

Just fabulous!! I already know several people that would love one (including myself!). My boys also love handmade...makes me happy that they appreciate it so much. Happy Birthday to your guys.
Smiles~Beth

Ella said...

Fabulous present! Happy birthday to your son!

S Staum said...

You got it done! I bet he loved it! Especially with his birth year!

S Staum said...

You got it done! I bet he loved it! Especially with his birth year!

Megan said...

I can tell that this bag is in my future. I keep seeing the pattern pop up on blogs and IG and resistance seems futile. Love love LOVE your patchwork versions!

BethM said...

Happy birthday to your son! Your bag turned out so cute! I love the bicycle print:)

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday to your son! (my birthday was sat.) I have that pattern got it for my birthday hehe. I think it will be a while before I make it though. I'm not a great seamstress so......eh I have to figure it out. I'm just a simple quilter.

Helen in the UK said...

Hope he was thrilled with his present. Looks like a lovely bag made in fun colours :)

Livihus said...

What a lovely scrap-bag :)
You have just an amazing blog that gives me A LOT of inspiration!
Best wishes from Norway :)

Kay said...

How perfect to have his birth year on the bag!! He will love this when he gets home from school.

margaret said...

happy birthday from me to your son. A great present I am sure he will treasure it

Lorna McMahon said...

I have long admired that pouch pattern. You did a beautiful job of those. Happy Birthday wishes! How cool that 2003 was included in that patch!

Linda said...

Cute bag! And... Happy Birthday to Mr. P!

M.W. said...

So cute and how cool the 2003 was there. I love that. I have admired that pouch pattern but looks like it may be to hard for me. Not to good with zippers.
Happy Birthday to your son.

Melissa said...

Great bag! I love the multiple zipper pockets inside. My son would like one of these as well, the compartments would be great for mini Lego sets while on the go. Hope he had a great birthday!

Ramona said...

I just finished my first Sew Together Bag and just love it. You make the prettiest version of this bag! (As a matter of fact, I posted photos of a couple of your bags as favorites. :D
I'm sure you got 'pinged'. If not, the post is here http://threadtime.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/what-weekend/

Thanks for the inspiration!

krazgrl said...

I've seen this bag a few times and think I would like to make one. BUT, I'm a weee bit nervous about all of those zippers. I know you said you watched others and noted tips and tricks. Having said that, how user friendly would you say it is to make? Any tips and tricks you care to share? :o)

Live a Colorful Life said...

How fun. I think my grandkids are to the age where they would each LOVE one of these. Great idea.

Christi said...

I love the bag! Your kids are SO lucky to get all the incredible pillows, quilts and bags you make for them. You are so talented and inspiring! I just finished a quilt top - Cartwheels Quilt by you from Moda Bakeshop. I've had the pattern printed for a while and noticed it was your pattern. Thank you! My daughter is very excited to have it.

Jantine said...

Lucky boy got the perfect present! I made two already since you showed them and I absolutely love them!