Hi there. Today is the last day of school! ( ´͈ ◡ `͈ ) About time.
Earlier this week Jellybean’s class had a Gold Rush performance; I thought it different as there were hosts who would man the mics and then a group would stand up and start singing, the rest of the stands joining in after a while. Her group had shy kids. I enjoyed it. I thought it was a great way for the fourth graders to learn about that period in time.
Yesterday I attended the Honor Awards ceremony. The nine-year-old received a certificate for her third, Principal’s Honor Roll status! Ain’t that awesome? She also received Best Artist in her class and the day before had brought home a certificate for Perfect Attendance. E and I are very proud of Jellybean; she was really self-motivated this year. Her dad was her study partner every time she had an upcoming test; seeing them work together was precious every time.
So this time I got out gifts early. Last Friday was the last time I was going to help the school librarian so I wanted to get her tote bag done. I was such a rush that I forgot to take pictures! However, the librarian took one for me and I snapped one after-school yesterday of Jellybean’s teacher’s. Each bag was filled with a bag of chocolate chip cookies; I used a recipe that uses cornstarch so they poof and are cake-like in the middles.
Jellybean told me to get orange fabric for her teacher as she wears a lot of that color and of course being a born and bred, San Francisco girl, she loves the Giants. The librarian usually wears neutral colors with some pop of color. This aqua fabric caught my eye in the home decor selection. I felt its vibrancy captured her personality.
- Pattern from Something Turquoise
- Fabric + supplies from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts
- Skinnier than Jellybean’s library tote & maybe as tall as hers
- Tried different sized boxed bottoms: (a) Orange Tote – boxed bottom about 6″; (b) Aqua Tote – boxed bottom about 5″
- Played with seaming measurements at the top seam of each tote: (a) Orange Tote – The original pattern has you sew near the bottom edge of the top seam of each piece separately; then when you pin the outer bag and its lining together, you sew 1/4″ and then 1/2″ from the top of the top seams. I felt there was too big of a gap from these two parts. So I ended up sewing three times with the pieces together; thus there were four seams total. (b) Aqua Tote – I had three seams total. I sewed near the bottom edge of each separate piece. When the pieces were together, I sewed 1/8″ from the top and then in the middle between this and the solo seam.
- Each handle’s inner end were reinforced on top of the printed fabric by sewing a rectangle and then an “x” inside.
I now feel my knowledge of a simple tote bag is cemented in my brain. (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑ I can hence, move onto a different project – baby gifts!
Okay, I’m off to forage for food before pick up. Thanks for poppin’ in and hangin’ out. TTYL.