She skips off contentedly now to see what she can find, appearing eventually with some treasure which I will buy out of gratitude that I’ve been able to look around uninterrupted!
Generally it’s a novelty button. We have more ladybird buttons than one household can EVER use. . . On that day though she chose this sweet strawberry print. I believe it’s a Riley Blake design.
We debated what to do with it, the Middle One has STRONG OPINIONS. Always. We decided on a tote bag for her to bring on sleep-overs.
Originally we intended the strawberry print to feature strongly, alternated with pinwheel blocks, but when we started to select fabrics for the blocks she enjoyed it so thoroughly that they ended up taking centre stage in the design.
The strawberry print was used for the two side pockets instead.
I love the movement in the panels and how your eye travels over the different prints. As well as the two side pockets, the bag also contains a large internal pocket that runs the width of the bag and is divided into two sections for the Middle One to keep the things that medium-sized girls keep in bags.
I lined the straps and made the base of the bag in a vivid red spot fabric.
She was delighted with the finished bag!
It has a strap closure with a single large button on the front. The back is similar to the front, although I used different fabrics for back and front as the scrappier the better, I think!
Here is the pinwheel bag in a different colour scheme.
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