I wrote about the bags I made here, but I’m going to be all lazy and repost it on this here blog too word for word
A1 started school this year, and he’ll be having his birthday party at school. We opted not to give him two parties (one at school and one at home), because all his friends are at school anyway. I still wanted to make it a special occasion though, and decided to make the party pack bags myself for each child. This will be in lieu of a toy/gift as seems to be the norm with party packs these days.
I used a basic idea to make a flapless satchel/messenger bag. The kids range between 3 and 5, so I didn’t make the bags too big. The completed bags measure around 11 x 11 inches (approx.). I used denim for the outer fabric and colorful printed/patterned fabric for the inner. This time I also semi-cheated and bought that woven meshy stuff for the straps.
All the bags, finished
There are 30 bags in total (I think there’s 28 kids, but I made extra just in case, and if there are left over, well at least his teacher can have one too then) I used 2 types of denim and made 15 outers of each. For the inners, I used 10 different kinds of pretty fabric, making 3 of each. For each of the 10 different fabrics, I used a decorative top stitch to fuse the inner and outer bags, in co-ordinating (inner fabric) thread. I love how the colorful fabric and thread just pops against the denim.
All lined up, ready to be packed with sweets
Because A1 is the birthday boy, I free-hand embroidered his A-initial onto the bag. He could choose his own colors. I used felt for the initial.
A1's bag and the loot inside
We bought coldrinks, chips, chocolate, toffees, suckers and soccer shirt jelly sweets to actually put in the bag. Depends on your prior party pack experience, I think this is quite adequate. And besides, the children don’t have to finish it all in one go and they get to take their bags home.
I’ve also ordered cupcakes from the ever-awesome The Cupcake Lady, including some awesome cupcake wrappers for tomorrow. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into on of them mouthgasms!
Lastly, I took tomorrow off. My Mummy is here for A1′s birthday, and even though he has to go to school, now I don’t have to rush to drop everything, can be there to help the set-up and managing of kids and bags and cupcakes, and take my boy home early. Perhaps we can even go to Spur for a birthday lunch!