Sunday, 2 September 2007


I can say the bags are made, but they aren't yet packed. It had taken every bit of self-control for me not to pack them though. Packing is one of my favourite parts of going away. For weeks before any trip I am writing lists, sewing and organising. I have always been like this. I remember going on school camp when I was eight and having my suitcase packed THREE WHOLE WEEKS before we were due to leave. I even packed my knickers...oh the frustration when I realised that I had to wear those clothes in the meantime.

So, instead of packing the bags, I have been making them. I wanted a small and highly functional messenger style bag. A few designers are making these at the moment but I haven't been able to find one small enough to hold just the necessities. I was surprised how easy the vinyl was to sew with. A friend and I whipped up one each in no time.

I have also made some co-ordinating accessory bags to match. A nappy pouch to hold a some wipes, nappies and a change mat. Simple and small enough to pop in my messenger bag or under a stroller. I also made a pouch to carry our passports at the airport. This one can be worn around your neck or across your body. It is soft enough to put under clothing and even has a back pocket for boarding passes. The passports slip in and out very easily. Apparently these days you have to show them many times at the airport.

Then I made some bags for Edward. We have been talking and singing about farm animals at Gymbaroo this term. He loves them all. I have been collecting the beautiful Schleich animals as a little treat for him. I made this draw sting bag to keep them safe.

The last bag I have made is a backbpack for Edward that doubles as a set of reins. I know that reins are a little politically incorrect, but so is losing a toddler at an international airport. After being stuck on a plane for 20 hours, it would be unfair to ask him to sit still any longer. The bag has a little D-ring at the bottom to attach a strap to. He loves airplanes (that enthusiasm might change in the next few weeks) and he loves this Moda fabric.

I am very excited about our trip, lots of planning, lots of organizing has taken place. Hopefully it will be a smooth smooth as international travel with three kids can be.


Cosy said...

It sounds like you're very organised pre-trip which will bode well for the trip itself (you don't want chaos plus chaos). I love Edward's backpack. J and I joke a lot about children on a short leash but I think they are the best idea. Lost children aren't. I love all the bags you've made and admire the messenger bag very much! Have a great trip.

Little Munchkins said...

Wow you have been very busy. Hope you have a great time wherever it is you are going.

Steph said...

Hello! I've just been blog-exploring and found yours - Nice work! I am heading o/s in a fortnight and have packed and repacked, and am also sewing things like passport bags, document wallets & little totes etc - So nice to head off with handmade special things! Hope you have a fab trip, wherever you are going.

h&b said...

I bought reins for a London trip with the then 13mo old. I didn't end up needing them, but I think they are a brill' idea.

I just got back from QLd, and although it was ONLY a domestic flight, I had to show no ID at all - I could have been anyone, which I found a bit weird..

Anyway, love your bags - I also use a similar passport holder - love it, so secure and handy.

I have to do a review on our latest travelling companion, the Trunki ( link on my blog ), which was fantastic with a 3yr old, and I also like to use these ( again, haven't actually used them yet, but it's Disneyland Ca. next yr, and I think they will get a workout then ). They are the Stuck-On-You Wristbands. I'm sure you could whip something similar yourself, but the link is here:

Not sure where you're going, but I hope I imparted some help ! :)

Have fun !

Annie said...

Georgous Bags - you've thought of everything

Jane said...

I love your bags! You made me laugh, I am like you, I always make new bags before a trip! I love the messenger bag!

ingrid said...

The bags are just lovely! I love the little backpack best and reins rule in my house!

Not long to go now. You must be getting excited.

Firefly said...

I love the bag. What a great idea to keep the wee one corralled. Is that a design of your own or did you have a pattern for it?