Plenty of Pockets

It’s that time of year again… The evening air feels a little cooler and the sun sets a wee bit earlier. Yes, the end of August is upon us, bringing with it the last days of Summer and, for many, the start of a new school year. Whether or not your kids are eagerly awaiting that first day back (or first day ever), we’re betting that all of them got a little twinge of excitement at the prospect of brand new school stuff. I remember what school shopping meant to me as a kid. Every year felt like an exciting reinvention, with promise of a pair of adorable little silver jellies, a jean jacket, sassy pink stretchy pants, a My Little Pony Trapper Keeper, and of course a brand spanking new book bag in which to carry of all my gear. Though the varieties may have changed since the mid 80s, the desire is the same. Kids always like new stuff;).

Enter all of you crafty moms & dads and this super-awesome little tutorial, courtesy of Cheryl Bush over at Sew Can Do. The Plenty of Pockets Duffel has backpack straps, pockets galore for super secret organization (or a place to stow a lucky pencil), and a handy top drawstring to keep the goods inside no matter how fast your little one tears around the playground.

Cheryl gives a great step-by-step that would certainly help even a beginner to create this bag. Looking to make an exact replica? Cheryl used a variety of styles from Timeless Treasures:
Stripe Daisy
Tossed Hedgehogs Fun
Woodland Picnic Fun
Soho Solids Red

Plenty of Pockets Duffel

Materials List
5/8 yard Fabric A
3/4 yard Fabric B
3/4 yard Fabric C
3/4 yard Fabric D
1-3/4 yard Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
3 yards Pellon® 810 Tru-Grid™ (optional)
Four 1-1/2″ Metal D-Rings
One 1/8″ Double Cord Stop
One Extra Long Shoelace OR 38″-40″ of 1/8″ Cording

Tools List
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Safety Pin

To download a free pdf copy of the full instructions, please visit our website. And if you make your own, make sure to post a photo on our Facebook page! Happy Thursday!!

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Need more options? Check out Cheryl’s Fuzzy Hedgehog Tote, featured in the Fall 2012 Issue of Stitch Magazine! The tote is a handy little adaption of the fuzzy hedgehog pillow, pictured below.

A super-cute and incredibly unique little bag, this one will be the envy of all of the other kids on the playground. The step-by-step tutorial is available in the print or online versions of the magazine. You can grab the pattern pieces here. Now go on! Send your kids off in style;).

* Most photos courtesy of Cheryl Bush — Some photos courtesy of Stitch Magazine.


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