While on my road trip I spent a glorious 4 days in New Mexico with two of my grandchildren, Noah and Mia. Noah is seven years old and Mia is a grown-up lady of five. They live in Albuquerque with my son, Michael, and their beautiful mother, Ginger. Since I live in California I did not see them much when I was working full-time. It has been a year since I’ve spent time with them. But now that I am retired seeing them was one of my top priorities.
I planned ahead to do some sewing with them while I was there. I wanted to do a project or two that would be memorable. And making something together would give them a unique keepsake of my visit. When I saw this project on Pinterest I knew right away it would fit the requirements.
Making a zippered pouch is easy, fast, and fun. The IKEA TIDNY was perfect! The kids would be able to personalize the project by coloring in the outlines. But using that fabric meant a special trip to the IKEA store which is a day trip in itself. (My closest IKEA store is about 55 miles away from my home.) All right you can order it online and save the trip but I didn’t have enough time for it reach me before I left on my road trip. So off to IKEA I went.
The fabric was inexpensive – $7.98 a yard and I bought 1/2 yard. I also wanted a pouch lining so I bought a blue plaid remnant at Jo-Ann’s when I bought the fabric pens. The zippers are 12 inch zippers from my stash. I picked out red and blue zippers because I wanted primary colors to go with the coloring book theme. Both children decided they wanted a red zipper. Good thing this isn’t the first rodeo for G-Ma! I had two of each color. The children decided they wanted the zippers to go across the top of the pouches.
Mia loved the idea of a pencil pouch but Noah had to be coaxed away from his electronic toys by telling him we were making a special pouch for his electronics gear. His gear was stored in a zip lock bag so the measurement of his pouch is an inch bigger than the gallon plastic bag. Mia’s bag was just an inch wider than the colored pencils I brought for the kids. The height of the bag was about 8 inches.
Mia helped me make a paper pattern for her pouch. She helped me pin the pattern to the TIDNY focus fabric. She decided that she wanted her pouch to open on the top and chose a red zipper – apparently her favorite color. She got busy coloring the front and the back of the pouch while I cut the lining out. It was a quick coloring job and she chattered awhile while she worked. I set up my little travel sewing machine and she helped me wind the bobbin with red thread. Sewing the bag was so quick and easy and when we were finished she had an adorable pouch to put the new colored pencils in. As soon as it was done that is what she did. I didn’t even have time to take a picture of the pouch empty.
Noah was a tough cookie. It took a lot of cajoling to get him to color his project. I actually had to break the coloring into two separate days. I didn’t want to push him too hard and make the experience unpleasant for him. When he wanted to quit after finishing only one side I let him. I knew it would not be the end of the world if I ended up sewing his pouch with only one colored side. But his daddy, (my son the big, bad Marine recruiter) helped Noah focus and finish his job the next day. I just love this picture. I wanted to give the kids memories of G-Ma visit but I didn’t realize how much it would affect me. I get teary-eyed just looking at this picture. I can’t wait to go back.
This was really a very quick sewing project once the coloring was done. Both children were so very proud of their new pouches.
For a quick 10 step tutorial on how to make an unlined pouch pop on over to see Sherri at Thread Riding Hood’s blog.