Thankfully, my people sleep in. No matter what exciting things are planned for the day ahead – even CHRISTMAS DAY – my people sleep in. This used to annoy me. Then I realised just how very useful it is to have a good 2, if not 3 hours up my sleeve in the morning before they stagger out to the kitchen, ESPECIALLY when there is something special about to happen (ahhhh last minute present making!)
Cue last Saturday – the day of our birdwatching adventure to Phillip Island. Now, we’d only decided to do this the previous Monday breakfast after Abby had described the amazingly gregarious bird with a face like a parrot, the neck of a goose, the long legs of an emu and a fat, fat body that followed them around everywhere on school camp. Thankfully, you can type this exact description into Google and it takes less than 2 seconds to tell you “that’s a Cape Barren Goose!” They sounded so marvellous and their history since white settlement so incredible, I just had to see them for myself.
That gave me five days prep. Five days to do a bit more research – during which I discovered Phillip Island is brilliant for all kinds of bird watching. Five days to find some thrifted binoculars, plan and prepare a picnic, gathering drawing supplies, and make each of us a drawing satchel. Now at this point, a non-sewist might say “Make drawing satchels! Silly Lily, just chuck the stuff in the picnic basket”. But a fellow sewist will say “Ah! Of course! Why not make a drawing satchel” :-)
However, I didn’t buy the fabric until Friday evening. Which meant my drawing satchel production looked a wee bit doomed. Until you factor in the sleeping-in habits of my people. I’m up between 6.30 and 7.00 most mornings, so that gave me three hours to sip my tea, plan my bags, make Julian’s as the test run (he’s a boy, he doesn’t notice these things) and then whip up Abby’s and mine.
Which I did. The design worked a treat (with minimal unpicking on Julian’s) and the satchels proved both useful and beautiful – the required test for anything made in Bootville :-) In mine, I carried my drawing pad, a very dense little book of Australian birds, pencils, rubber and phone. Abby managed to fit in half her desk … her laptop, 3 novels, drawing pad, pencil case, pencils, pens, phone, doll …
[ Julian’s – the prototype – has a three slot pencil holder.
The revised design includes a five slot pencil holder ]
So because it was so much fun making them, and they were even nicer to use, and could be used for all kinds of things (as Abby proved), and only used half the fabric I purchased, I made three more. Which I am offering for sale through my shoplocket app in the right hand tool bar of block-a-day.
All three have a sturdy 100% cotton duck outer and are fully lined (body, flap and front pocket) with a contrasting 100% cotton poplin. The strap is constructed with 4 layers with a reinforcing top stitch and 3 rows of stitching sandwiching it between the outer, lining and flap layers – making it very durable. It is long enough to be worn over the shoulder for adults and across the chest for children. The front pocket is designed to hold standard sized pencils and pens and the large pocket on the right is useful for rubbers, sharpeners and phones. The flap is designed to cover the front of the bag completely, keeping the front pocket safe.
The price is US$14. I will post worldwide. Shipping is extra (currently calculated at regular post – registered, i.e. signed for on delivery will be extra) and will be added during the checkout process.
I have tried and tried to find a feature on shoplocket that allows the customer to add a note. But have failed. So please – in order to select which colourway you would like, please send me an email on the top of your order through shoplocket. There are currently three satchels available -one in each colourway – but if the sale is successful I will cheerfully make more so please do enquire.
Let me see, what shall we call the colourways – the Olive Waves (lined with vanilla pigs on a chocolate background), the Navy Kanji (lined with winter white with a teeny black dot), and the Blue/Grey Birds (lined with blue and little bit multicoloured repeating scale pattern).