We interrupt today's regularly scheduled post about nursery prep, or how huge my belly is getting, or how adorable I think my daughter is to bring you...
A kid's duffel! I made this for my nephew Jack who is turning the big zero-five this week.
I had to work my daughter in there somewhere, of course! But really, there's a reason. The yellow duffel on the floor in the background is one I've had since I was a little girl. One of my Mom's good friends made it for me and it has been well-used over the years. I modeled Jack's duffel after this one, and it is currently storing a stash of beanie babies that Arden discovered and quickly dragged all about, presenting one to each of us.
You can see a favorite in her arm - that's Shamrock the St. Patrick's Day bear. She chose a green bear with a soccer ball on it named Kicks to send with the birthday package to Jack.
This is one of those projects that I'm happy to say turned out even better than I had imagined. I had the fabric from a recent trip to IKEA, so I only had to get the cotton webbing and the rope cording. It's a heavier home furnishing fabric, so I hope it will stand up well to an energetic little boy. I used the embroidery feature on Jane (my sewing machine) to make the name tag with a bit of the webbing. I don't expect this to be carried around in public, so I figured a name on the outside should be okay.
I added the handle/carrying strap to make it a little more like a military duffel. I can just picture him packing his overnight essentials for a trip to Grandma & Grandpa's house!
I'm considering making these in boy's and girl's version to sell in my Etsy shop. Do you think they'd sell?