Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Busting Out the Dance Bag
So, this adorable kid has been taking dance classes for the better part of three years now. And I have been intending to make her a dance bag ... for the better part of three years now.
This is the dance bag I finally made for her, after all this time. It took me the better part of three hours. Yep, gold-star mom, right here. : )
Anyway, this is from a free tutorial by Simply Modern Mom. I love that it's a hobo bag, instead of a too-cutesy little tote bag. E. feels pretty stylin', in fact. The fabric is Peacock Lane, with a Michael Miller Dumb Dot for the lining. You gotta have pink and black for a dance bag, right?
I made a few changes from the tutorial—since I used lightweight quilting cotton, I added some fusible interfacing to the lining. (I hate how fusible interfacing always seems to bubble and wrinkle in the finished product, so my solution was to fuse it to the lining instead of the outer fabric.) I also eliminated the braided handle, and I added a magnetic snap, because I know my daughter, and I know the contents of this bag will just end up on the floor of my SUV without some sort of closure. I used this fab tutorial from Sew Crafty Jess's blog to put in the snap—magnetic snaps couldn't be easier! Really!
Edited to add: I'm linking up to TNT Thursday at Happy Quilting and the Threading My Way linky for bags and totes! Great idea, Pam!