If you have kids in junior classes in NZ you'll know all about those "book bags" that they take to school, to bring home their readers and work in.
The standard issue bags from the school office or stationers are made of a plastic backed rip-stop type fabric. After a few months of being squashed into a school bag, the plastic backing starts to crumble and ends up through everything.
I knew the time had come to sort this out and make something more durable and personal.
A few months back I went to Handmade 2012 in Wellington and did an applique workshop with Nin McKay. I asked Carly to draw me a picture, and I would applique it for her. She drew a lovely simple little butterfly, which I traced and made a pattern from. Carly chose some fabric scraps for the design.
I had an old pair of Lee jeans saved (I had worn through the knee in one leg). I thought the denim would make a great backing for the applique, and also a good strong and washable bag.
The legs of the jeans yielded enough fabric to make the book bag, and I used left over fabric scraps for the binding and a lining inside the top flap. The velcro was snipped from the original book bag.
We're pleased with the result, and it's all packed ready for the start of Term 3 tomorrow.