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C started kindergarten last week, and his teacher informed all the parents on the first day of school that she prefers bags to backpacks, especially for kindergarteners who are still learning the art of zippers. (And they have these big manila folders the kids bring home which don't fit very well in a backpack.) Clearly a bag needed to be made.

Forgive the wrinkles, this bag is clearly already in use. I used my favorite bag pattern from Lotta's book Simple Sewing, with gray canvas on the bottom and some Heather Ross fabric on top (a heavier home dec line called Rabbits and Race Cars). C picked the fabric out himself, what five year old wouldn't want a bag with race cars on it? I love the little tow trucks and ambulances as well. (Thank you Heather for making a race car print that doesn't look like a Nascar ad, I love you for it.)

I added the letter C using the applique technique Heather teaches in Weekend Sewing, where you sew the letter to lightweight fusible interfacing and then turn it inside out. (Visit the Purl Bee for a better explanation of how this works, they used it on their Thanksgiving table runner last year.) C is not the easiest letter to turn, but I think this technique is much easier than traditional applique, though I still need a little practice.

I love seeing my son as he runs off to class, his school bag on one arm and his lunchbox in the other. So far kindergarten is a big hit. I was a little nervous sending him off to school without any friends (he didn't know anyone in his class). C is a friendly boy, but he can be a little shy around new faces. But he's doing just fine. "I made a new friend at school today Mom," he reports back to me at the end of the day. "That's great buddy.. how did you do it?" "Well I just did what you said Mom... I said Hi! My name is C. What's your name? And it worked!" I love this kid.

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love this tutorial! darling fabric!

09.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

What a great experience for you both! I so agree with giving thanks to Heather Ross for the "generic" race car fabric. There just isn't enough masculine but boyish fabrics out there! And although my boy is grown I still salute designers who get that!

09.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

great story and great school bag! love the cars fabric, too!!=)

09.19.2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy

My goodness it is ADORABLE. I love the car fabric. You are very talented.

09.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

The bag is awesome and i'm glad C is getting on well at kindergarten

09.20.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

Yay for new friends and great school bags!

The bag turned out great! He's going to be the coolest kid in school! :)

09.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Such a cute bag! I love that Heather Ross fabric too. And I've been in love with that Thanksgiving table runner for almost a year now and haven't made it yet! A friend and I decided just after Thanksgiving last year to make them, but at this point, I don't know if we could get them done in time for this Thanksgiving either!

09.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

That bag is super cute! Love the non-NASCAR fabric!

09.22.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJaimie

That bag could not be any cuter!

09.29.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I have been looking for a lunch box like that "everywhere" and can't find one! Where did you get that one? Love the bag too, I use Lottas pattern a lot too!

10.5.2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather

I love the idea of a book bag instead of a backpack. Agreed about the zippers!

Turned out nicely, well done.

10.11.2009 | Unregistered CommenterPetit Elefant

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