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Cute messenger bags

We have been going to the library at least every week due to the extreme heat here. The air conditioning is wonderful for one, and two, it gives the boys a bit of time to get their pent up energy out. But besides just playing with toys and tablets, I want the boys to pick out books to bring home. After checking out my fabric stash, we found some Mickey Mouse fabric that would work out perfect for a little book messenger bag.

I love using patterns from (no affiliation). Even if you don’t have much sewing experience, but have a machine this website is one I highly recommend. Their directions are easy to read. And better yet, they have pictures of the steps!

I had my oldest pick out one of the bags- Vintage Style Kid’s Book Satchel. He even helped for a while handing me pins when I needed to pin. He wanted to help cut, because he has been doing so well cutting paper 😛

I made two bags so there wouldn’t be any fighting with different color piping/ edging on the bags. Between taking care of the house and the kids I was able to finish both bags in about 3 days even though I made some alterations due to what supplies I had on hand. I think they turned out pretty well!

Holey Pajamas, Batman!

Holey pajamas got you down? Unfortunately, the fabric used on the bottom of those much-loved pajamas is thin and wears out quickly with those pajama Saturdays. I have picked some up from thrift stores where the only problem is a hole in the foot at a great price.

For those who have a sewing machine, quick repair of those feet can make the pajamas last for another two kids! If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can still hand stitch to make a quick repair of those holey pajamas.

The Repair:

You will need some spare fabric, being a crafter, I usually have scraps of flannel, but if you need to visit a store that sells fabric (Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics, Michael’s) you could get 1/4 yard of fabric and have enough for a few pairs of pajamas. Flannel is easy to work with, and I feel like it might keep their toes a bit warmer.

Turn the feet inside out, and lay it on top of your fabric piece. Apply your pins so they are poking down through the pajama foot first, and then back up through the replacement fabric. For this example, I didn’t bother to cut the replacement fabric to the size of the foot, but if you need less fabric to get in your way while you work, you can trace the pajama foot onto the fabric.

When you are ready to sew, have your needle stitch right through the zigzag stitching (serger stitching). By sewing over the current stitching, you will ensure that you don’t decrease the size of the foot on the inside.

Finally, just trim to the edge of the pajama foot, and turn right side out! Voila; second life for those pajamas, and for your kids to wear more holes into them!

And if you don’t have a sewing machine, don’t sweat!

You can always hand stitch the fabrics together, again sewing through the zigzag (serger) stitching that is already there. The stitches don’t have to be as close together as the current stitching since this extra piece of fabric will be on the inside of the pajamas.