A few weeks ago I was playing with my Sketchbook Pro program and an idea sprung to mind for a children’s sponge bag print, my boys are forever losing their toothbrushes when we travel so we were long overdue a little toiletry organisation. I drew some toothbrushes and a tube of toothpaste, immediately fell in love with the finished design and eagerly uploaded it onto my Spoonflower account. Their linen mix was the fabric I wished my design to be printed onto, something a little sturdy with texture, so I ordered one yard and sat back in anticipation.
It finally arrived soaking wet in the post on Friday and despite the wetness was even more lovely than I had dared hope. By happy chance I found a waterproof fabric in my local hardware shop that worked perfectly with the colours in the print, and happily, my back had relaxed so after two weeks off I could sit at my machine again. Which all meant that as soon as I had a chance I was able to set to work on realising the sponge bag idea I had had all those weeks ago.
Each bag is fully lined with waterproof fabric, on one side of the interior there are two pockets for holding a toothbrush and toothpaste. The top of the pocket is finished with a contrasting bias binding in red. On the front of the bag I appliquéd each of my children’s initial’s so that we don’t get confused as the content is age appropriate. Then I top stitched the band in red just to tie in with the toothpaste cap, red ribbon and interior.
I love them, I know they will be received with ambivalence by the boys but I expect that in time their usefulness will be revealed and appreciated. Overall they have been my design from start to finish which gives me huge satisfaction, what a treat to be able to sew with fabric exactly as one has in mind. Actually, there were two packages that arrived from Spoonflower on Friday, on my desk right now is the second, half finished and waiting for tomorrow…. My back is back, I am back!