The #1 reason (if not the only reason) I started sewing, was to make things for my little girls.
I fell in love with the idea of being able to make something they could wear, use, or play with- and it was the driving force that made me step out of my comfort zone and try something new and learn to sew.
It has been so rewarding to be able to create something that my little gals dream up and help design. When they get an idea and start sorting through my fabric cart (a turquoise Ikea Raskog cart - full of all of my smaller cuts of fabric) for the "perfect fabrics" to use in their project, it just makes my heart swell! :)
They love to sit on my lap as I sew, sit by my side as I cut fabric, pick up all of the loose threads strewn about my sewing area... Anything to be in on the action and participate in creating their "project".
If you follow me on Instagram, this project is old news to you, but a few months ago my daughters were playing with their dollies and they decided they were "going on a trip to Utah" (where both of their grandparents live). Much to their dismay, their babies didn't have suitcases! What in the world were they going to put all of the clothes, diapers, bottles, etc. for their trip in, they wondered? The wheels started turning and before I knew it, there was a pile of princess fabric in front of me with a request for "a princess baby suitcase".
I picked a few of the coordination prints from the very large and very colorful selection they had presented me with and we got working. This is what we came up with. I don't currently have a pattern for this suitcase, but I used the same method to make them that I did for the quilted ukulele cases... So if you are interested in making this, just check out that tutorial and make the tweaks necessary.
The girls were pleased as punch! All set for the "trip to Utah". Now they have requested another matching suitcase- Each baby needs her own of course. ;)