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!

30 comments:

Michele said...

What a cute bag. Your little dancer is adorable!

Pat said...

Gorgeous! The fabric choices are just wonderful.

Becky M said...

That's adorable. Love the fabric choices. And great idea adding a closure. Kids and open bags are just asking for trouble.

Pam said...

Gorgeous fabrics and a great dance bag. I like the ruffled polka dot on the strap. Pink and black are the way to go... I would love you to share this (and any other bags) at my linky that's exclusively for bags and totes.... http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/01/threading-your-way-bags-and-totes-link.html

Elizabeth Dackson said...

So cute!! E looks super pleased her new bag :) Awesome tweaks to the original pattern, the snap seems like a really good choice for a kiddo!

angela said...

Cute bag - and it looks like you ended up with just the right length on the strap. That's always a challenge for me! Great idea to put the interfacing on the lining.

Scooquilt said...

Cute, cute! She looks so proud! Love the colors, and it was a great idea to fuse the lining instead of the outside.

randi said...

such a cute bag for your adorable dancer. she looks quite happy with it!

Katie said...

Very cute bag! I bet the other girls are envious of it.

I hate using fusible interfacing and avoid it as much as I can. A tip I learned from watching Sewing with Nancy is to use other fabrics and baste them to the outer fabric. For instance to use muslin, duck cloth, or flannel for structure. They aren't as cheap as the fusibles, but work wonders and avoid puckering.

Linz said...

So cute!!! I love that pattern and the colors are great!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Really cute! I think you did a great job!

Katie B. said...

Seriously, could your little girl be any cuter???

Great bag too.

Debbie said...

Darling! ...the bag AND the little one!

Rebecca said...

Super cute, both the bag and the girl!

A.J. Dub. said...

Very cute!

Rachel Hauser said...

Totally cute and great colors for dance!

Jessica said...

Great hobo bag! She is for sure stylin :-) Glad the magnetic snap tute came in handy!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh well, you got there eventually! I still owe my mum a bag for her choir music... she gave up choir 2 years ago, so I think I may be off the hook now!

Lotti said...

Great bag and your daughter looks so cute too. I just started a linky party for anyone that posts about using a tutorial or writes one of their own, Id love it if you ever wanted to link up so my followers could see the amazing things you do and find out more about which tuts are good ones to try. Thanks

Flying Blind... said...

3 years you say, and now you've made the bag - she'll decide she doesn't want to go any more next week!!

Amanda @ Threadbias said...

I need to make a couple of these! My little girls just started dancing, and would love a special bag to carry their tiny shoes in.

QuiltyGirl said...

Cute! I love the little gathered detail on the strap. :)

Shocking Hocking said...

great bag - and your gorgeous daughter looks as pleased as punch with it

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Adorable, she looks so happy and cute! Great bag :)

Kristie said...

You conquered a bag! Way to go, Lee :)

Melinda said...

I have made several of these bags with similar modifications and I just love them. A friend had me make a few for her to give as gifts and she ended up keeping one!

Lettyb said...

That sweet face just kills me. She's so happy and beautiful. Love the bag too... :)

Kelli said...

Your little girl is sooo cute! The bag is almost as cute. ;) Great job. I made Em a little drawstring backpack 3 years ago. She's decided to move on to a purchased dance bag that a friend gave us... They grow too fast.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

So adorable!! I love this bag and it appears your daughter loves it also!!! Thanks so much for linking up :)

Violet Craft said...

Oh yeah! I love that you used Peacock Lane for the bag - I love this print and am making my daughter a bag out of it today. Thank you, thank you!

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