"We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson

Friday, January 7, 2011

And something for the boys...

Here are the boys' Library bags made with the gorgeous Dr Seuss fabric. They love them and can't wait for the holidays to be over so they can use them at school. 

These are so easy to make. You need 4 pieces of fabric just a little bigger than the size you want the finished bag to be- 2 for the outside and 2 for the lining. Place front and back of outside right sides together and sew sides and bottom together. Leave inside out. Place front and back of lining right sides together and sew sides and bottom together leaving a hole of about 4 inches at the bottom of the  bag. Turn lining right side out. Using scraps of fabric, make handles. Fold strips lengthways with right sides facing and sew along raw edge. Turn right way out. This is my least favourite part of the process! Place the lining inside the outer bag. Pin the handles in desired position in between the lining and outer bag with all the raw edges lined up. Sew around the top of the whole bag. Pull lining out of bag, then pull outer bag through the hole you left in the bottom of the lining. Hand sew the hole in the bottom of the lining and then push it back into the outer bag. (I like to fold the top of the bag down at this point so you can see the lining, but you don't have to). Top sew all around the top of the bag to finish it off. Voila! You can make these in any size and could use them for shopping bags, gift bags, library bags and so many other things. My boys like carrying their soft toys around in theirs!

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