One of my projects for the the Summer holidays this year was to make a new bag for my eldest. There's a real gap in the market out there - what we wanted was neither a school bag or messenger bag, nor a purse or handbag, but a mid-sized bag, small enough not to be a burden but big enough to house the essentials.
- A bag. A bag with a gusset. And a divider. And a zipped inner pocket.
- A bag with an adjustable across-the-body shoulder strap.
- A bag small enough to carry around on a day out, big enough to hold a purse, medical bag and other little girl paraphernalia (today's contents include: a bag of humbugs, some small pebbles collected on the beach and a notebook and pencil for jottings).
* you can find similar ones over at u-handbag
So far the bag has proved to be very versatile.
a bag for climbing the rigging
a bag for feeling regal atop a 128foot-high turret
a bag for going down a mine (trust me, it's there, just moving too swiftly for my phone to capture)
a bag for playing half-English, half-Welsh on a cross-country walk along Offa's dyke to view Tintern Abbey in all its glory back in Wales.
And the nicest thing for me is how genuinely pleased my girl was with her new bag. I'm glad they don't feel I'm palming them off with things handmade. Well, not yet, anyway!