Wednesday, September 15, 2010

First day of school!

This year, Big Bear is going to 3-day preschool. In the welcome-to-school letter from his teacher, only two required supplies were listed: a photo (to post on his storage cubby) and a tote bag. And seeing that, I immediately decided I had to make my boy's tote bag.

Mail Sack, outside view

I used the Mail Sack pattern from Pink Chalk Studio. I originally bought the pattern for myself. But did you know that it includes both an adult version and a child sized one? How cool is that?!

The main body of the bag finished at about 12" x 12". I don't know how long the straps are exactly, but I just used the pattern as-is with no alterations (though the pattern does include instructions for ensuring a perfect fit). It turned out just right for my three-and-a-half year old little dude.

Mail Sack, inside view
There are even some fun little pockets inside. I chose a back-to-school print, mostly because my son loves buses and letters and the print features both. The accent fabric is from In the Beginning's Oceanica line, and I used a Riley Blake dot for the lining.

The bag went together super-fast and it is awesome:

a happy boy and his school bag
He loves his new school bag! (Though I think he's even happier about going to school!) :)


  1. What a great bag and he looks great too! Is mom ok with him going to school :) Hugs - they grow up too fast!

  2. I have that pattern too!!! I am going to have my friend help me because I don't understand patterns other than quilt ones.

  3. so cute and he is the most stylish child in his class.:D