the kidlet

March 3rd, 2009

My friends came up with this wonderful tradition of creating a “nursing bag” when one of us has our second  baby. I don’t know if it’s customary to have baby showers for the second baby, but really, why not have a party (especially if it involves fondue). So when there is a baby shower for a second (or third or fourth) one of us makes a bag and the rest of us stuff it full of crayons and stickers and little games–things to appease the older child with while you nurse the baby for the thousandth time that day. I volunteered to make the nursing bag this time and couldn’t decide whether to make a little kid’s bag or a stylish one for the mama, so instead of either I made a bag for the house.  The pattern is from the ever talented jchandmade and you can find it here. I thought it would be good to have one upstairs and one downstairs, so I made two. They are super easy to make and I have another cut out for all the random little bits around our house. I followed the pattern pretty much to the letter, except I fused the interfacing to the lining because I don’t like that wrinkly look it gives to the fabric and I didn’t have any “cotton webbing” (and honestly I don’t even know what it is) so I just made a handle by sewing 2 strips together, turning them out and quilting them.  Now go make your own.

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21 Responses to the kidlet

  1. Stacy says:

    What a great tradition! And lovely bags….

  2. Kelley says:

    I found these a while back on jchandmade, love them, have been getting to bags to organize special art supplies and books for my older son!

    They look great, I guess thats what I am doing next!

  3. Ashley Ann says:

    I love those! They are so cute!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Having just had my second baby I can honestly say this is such a great idea.

    I might just have ‘borrow’ this tradition!

  5. Cute!

    Webbing is just that stuff that a reusuable bag’s handles are usually made of. You can buy it in strips from the trim department – mainly for handles or apron strings etc.

  6. Kelly says:

    What a great idea!

  7. nanette says:

    These are darling and what a fabulous idea.

  8. BlueCastle says:

    That’s brilliant! Love the design you made for the front of each bag.

  9. dana says:

    What a fun idea! And I love the name….The Kidlet. Brilliant.

  10. Nicely done and what a great idea. I always struggle with really useful but original shower gifts.

  11. Dacia says:

    that is a lovely bag and a lovely tradition! I’ll have to share this idea with my friends.

  12. I like the house bags, especially the red themed one.
    The nursing bags are such a good idea, plus the first child always seems a bit miffed about all the presents recieved by the new baby, makes a lot of sense really!!

  13. shisomama says:

    what a great idea, and a lovely way to support your friends. i definitely could have used one of these when my baby was born – a bit of beauty for me, and some fun for my son!

  14. Michelle says:

    Oh, those are wonderful. I need to make two right away.

  15. captain kk says:

    i love the house bag idea and your choice of fabrics is gorgeous :)

  16. Cath says:

    That is such a brilliant idea!! i lvoe it, I am going to start this tradition amongst my friends.

  17. Great pattern and thank you for the link to it! I will make this for my friend who is about to have her second child.

    Thanks again!

  18. Kristina says:

    I love that idea! And your fabric choices are just great. The bright colors with the simple gray background really work well.

    Sweetfern Handmade

  19. Stacey says:

    What a lovely lovely idea! And what a gorgeous “house” bag. I want one too!