Monday, February 1, 2016

Quick Zip Shopkins Bag

In my last post, I mentioned another project I was going to work on. I'll bet you didn't expect to be seeing it so soon, did you? It had a very short deadline, and I honestly didn't think I was going to have it done in time. But since it was for a birthday gift for a very special 9-year-old whose party was yesterday, and since things were going very well, I kept at it till it was finished (finally, at 1:00 a.m. Sunday!).

Courtney wanted a bag to carry her collection of Shopkins in, preferably something that she could see them through. When she mentioned it, we discussed some options... then I did a lot more thinking and nixxed some ideas. Finally I came up with this, the Quick Zip Lunch Bag. It's a pattern written by Erin (Erickson) Gilbey (have I mentioned her before?), so I knew it would go well, even though I'd never made one before. I'd bought the pattern awhile back and was finally happy to have a purpose for it. Here's the bag.


What's that you said? You can't see through it? Well, look at this side!


I made a "window" and inserted a piece of clear vinyl (thanks, Auntie Kris!) in it. I was sooo glad I'd made all those luggage tags, because I was able to use a technique from that pattern for inserting the vinyl into the window. It worked great! My design took a little lot of thinking and planning and calculating, but it worked as I hoped it would and went smoothly. The hardest part was gluing the lining "window frame" to the vinyl and outside frame, because it was the last step and it was pretty close quarters by then (not to mention the glue wanting to come out of the tube much faster than I needed it to). It worked (and there's not too much glue on the vinyl window).

There's a slip pocket inside the bag, which I thought would be good for keeping those little lists that come with the Shopkins. You know the ones... they identify all the available Shopkins... making the kids want every one. ;)


Courtney didn't take long to load the bag with her 151 Shopkins (thank goodness they're so tiny!). There's room for that many more and then some.


She was very pleased with her new bag. Here it is on her shoulder, so you get an idea of the size. Just right.


She does love her Shopkins! She and her mom even made two Shopkins character cakes for her party. Aren't they cute? They tasted yummy, too!


Today's her birthday - February 1st. I can't believe she's 9 years old already!!

18 comments:

Jessica Jones said...

Super cute, and the clear window is perfect! And congrats to Suzi for the brilliant cake idea.

Auntie Kris said...

Awesome Bag, Grandma G! The window is brilliant! I"m sure once Shopkins fall out of favor, she'll find some other use for that wonderful bag. Hope there was enough cake at that birthday party.

Grandma G said...

Thanks Jess and Kris! Yes, there was plenty of cake. :) Too bad you weren't there to have some - it was yummy! We missed you!

Jenny said...

That is a cute bag! It's a perfect size, and that clear window is genius. I like the print you chose as well. I might have to go look at that pattern (even though I have't gotten around to making the other two patterns I bought from her a year ago!).

I got a set of presser feet from my brother for christmas that includes a non-stick foot for vinyl. I haven't had a chance to try it out yet, but it has to work better than my last attempt at sewing clear vinyl, which was a miserable failure!

Norma's Bag Boutique said...

So cute! And what a great idea, to have a clear window to see her beloved creatures. She looks very proud and happy. Happy Birthday to her!!!

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Jenny! Yeah, you might as well buy this pattern to add to your stash, because once you do eventually make one, you'll want them all. ;) If you join the DUMD Facebook group, you can use the code posted there to get 25% off all patterns (until she gets the next new one out, which will hopefully be in about a month). Hurray for the new presser feet! Vinyl can definitely be sticky to sew on, alhough when I did this bag, I had fabric on top and the vinyl next to the feed dogs. I had to help it along a lot, but coulda been worse.

Thank you, Norma! For some reason, I don't get email notifications of your comments. This is at least the second time I've been surprised to find comments you've left. Weird - it's only been yours.

Geneviève Thiffault said...

Courtney is beaming on those photos. Happy birthday to her!

That bag was a brilliant idea (even if you had to cut on sleep to complete it :P). Handmade gifts are often the best ones, she is a very lucky girl. ;)

Also, the cakes Courtney and her mom made are fantastic, thumbs up!

Grandma G said...

Thank you, my friend! :)

Kim said...

Awesome bag and an adorable birthday girl. :)
Are you SURE my little niece is 9 years old already???

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Kim! Ask Cayden how old he is. If he says 9, then yup, she's 9 already, too. :) Missed you Sunday!

Pat said...

Super cute! She looks so pleased with it!

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Pat! She was indeed very pleased... which made me very pleased. :)

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Great bag with the clear vinyl. Cute fabric choice too.

annie dee said...

That's a super bag and it was inspirational to add a vinyl window! Looks terrific. The Shopkins are cute too. Very glad my kids missed that craze though. Although they are adorable. Do you know or would you confer with your local expert and ask if there's a set of 'Kins that include something to do with sewing? I'll have to browse the collections (there are multiple series? and seasons too?) while I wait.

Grandma G said...

Thank you, ladies! Annie Dee... I skimmed through them on the Shopkins website, and the only one I saw related to sewing was an iron named Sizzles in the Housewares section. There are 4 Seasons (so far), and different sections in each season. It gets complicated, I tell ya! :-D Just go to the main Shopkins website and snoop around. ;)

annie dee said...

Thanks. I will!

Megumi said...

This bag must be her favorite now! So much fun!

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Megumi! :)