About a year ago my daughter Sophie turned twelve. In our church that means she gets to move to a special group just for young women ages 12-17. It's a neat time for these girls and I wanted to make something special for her. She and I decided on a tote for her scriptures and young women booklets she would take to church each Sunday. So I bought the pattern, and found really cute fabric that was perfect for her at the time. Well, long story short, I never got to making the bag :(. I know, bad mom. Flash forward a year and I found the happy little stack just waiting to be made and decided I needed to get it done!
The pattern I used is the Mini Bow Tucks pattern by Penny Sturges for Quilts Illustrated. It was the perfect size for what I was trying to do and thought it looked like a great pattern.
Sophie's favorite colors and green and aqua and she loves the outdoors. When we were originally looking for fabrics we found the perfect fabric line by Riley Blake, "Good Life".
It even had this print that included the Young Women values that she was using at church.
We had also picked out an aqua polka dot, but when I was pulling together the fabrics, Sophie thought this orange print would be a little more fun. But not to use it "too" much.:) So I followed orders and used it for the base and opposite side of the handles. She wanted more green, so I used a green ribbon accent and ribbon for the bows on the side.
The inside has plenty of room for her scriptures, notebooks and YM booklets. You can undo the ribbons to let out more room on the sides as well.
The pattern was easy to follow and I love the way the bag itself turned out. BUT....there are some things I would've changed. For one thing I would've put the orange onto the outside of the handles. Even though she didn't want too much orange I think the contrast would've looked better. And in the end since a whole year has passed Sophie has actually matured since then. She IS a teenager now, yikes! And even though she still likes the fabric I think she would like something a little more "hip" (that's not even hip to say is it?). And she really doesn't like the bows on each side. I'm trying to figure out what I could do to change it up and remove them. Something with elastic? Any ideas? So all in all, I'm glad I got it done, but not sure if Sophie will ever use it. I guess that's what happens when you wait so long to get a project done!