Last time my oldest went on an overnight trip, I packed his toothbrush and toothpaste in a ziploc bag. Sad! Then it occurred to me. This kid needs a zippered pouch, and mama's going to make him one.
I knew I wanted to line the interior of the pouch with some black and white laminated fabric, and since I had enough to line two pouches, I decided to make a pouch for my middle guy as well.
Kid #1 likes orange and other bright colours. I used these funky circles that have been languishing on a shelf for a few years, and don't play well with the rest of my stash. I realize this fabric may not "age" very well, but I am not thinking long term. It's just a pouch, after all, and this kid looses stuff all the time anyway.
Kid #2 loves purple. He is a bit more careful with his things, so the pouch will probably last him a long time, so I was looking for purple fabric that would still appeal to him when he is a bit older. I had just the thing! These purple and red stripes came in a bundle which I had set aside for vague future plans, but I decided to follow my Use the Good Stuff motto.
It wasn't long before I had two pouches done.
|For the observant ones, yes, a different zipper... to match the reclaimed ribbon I used as a "handle"|
I actually appliqué'd their initial on one side, which I am purposely not showing, though you can see a tiny bit on the one below.
Well, kid #3 quickly realized she was the only one without a zippered pouch and started
Like many little girls, she lo-o-o-o-o-ves pink. I have nothing against pink, in fact, I quite like it myself, but I really try to introduce some variety in her world. I was thinking bright red and yellow, but...
I took her with me when I went to buy laminated fabric and zippers. She did not know what these supplies were for, but when I grabbed a red zipper, she insisted that she wanted me to buy a pink one... Now, I don't usually let my six year old dictate my purchases, but given that the pouch was for her, the pink zipper came home and a different fabric was chosen.
|Don't you just love the interior?|
She is tickled pink with her brand new zippered pouch.
So there! All three kids are now set to carry their own toothbrushes with lots of room for future grooming products (sigh!).
Use the Good Stuff Report #2
There was no right or wrong fabrics to use for these pouches. I could have gone with any number of different options that would have been equally nice. None of the ones I chose are among the favourites in my stash, but it's not like I made any big compromise either. The good think about the "Use the Good Stuff" motto is that it simply forced me to think about my choices.
Linking up to TGIFF which is hosted this week by Jen at Faith and Fabric.