I made a whale meh dai over 9 years ago. It was one of my favourites, made from a Didymos Eisblau which is a gorgeous cotton, wool and silk blend.
Now that my youngest child is 10 it seemed a shame to have it lying around unused and why buy new fabric to make a bag when there is lovely fabric that could be repurposed? I made a bag for my sisters birthday a few years ago (it was the first bag I made) and she was very happy with it so I decided to make another for myself. The pattern I used is the Shine on Sling Bag by Little Moo Designs. The bag has a ring closure on the strap and a zipper pocket inside.
This is the first time I have made a bag with wrap fabric and the fabric is quite thick so next time I think I'll change some of the interfacing as it made the seams quite bulky. I lined it in some dark blue starry fabric. I had to piece the feature pocket as there wasn't enough fabric in the hood to fit, but I quite like the effect. I also had to add some extra fabric for the other crossover front pocket as there wasn't quite enough fabric in the carrier. Overall I am quite pleased with it. It's sturdy and the shoulder strap is quite cushy so will be great for carrying my library books. I'm glad this carrier has a new lease of life (which is white I love about upcycling).
This carrier has gone on lost of adventures with us including to Anakie fairy park and strawberry picking!
And now it will accompany me on new adventures as a bag.
Some photos of my wrap scrap quilt! I made this as a picnic quilt although I tend to use it more as a throw rug. I love to look at it and see scraps of wraps that I carried my children in or scraps of brands that were popular when I was babywearing. The scraps are mostly from Natibaby, Girasol, Didymos and Oscha wraps and a few from Tula Wovens, Pollora, Pavo, Diva Milano, Firespiral, Ellevill, and Kokadi. The quilt reminds of when my children were babies and how sweet it was to hold them close.
The quilt was made from woven baby wrap scraps and denim sourced from old denim jeans - I like the colour variations from the different pairs and the wear on some of the denim squares gives character. I quilted it by stitching in the ditch so the quilting is pretty much invisible. I added a machine washable bamboo batting as life with children is still messy and I want the quilt to be used. The binding was made from a lightweight denim and was hand sewn. I lost count after a while but I think this took approximately 20 hours to make in total. Cutting out all the squares took the longest! I only worked on it now and then when I had some spare time so it took about a year to complete. This is only the second quilt I have ever made and I was really pleased with how it turned out. It had the added bonus of making a good dent in my wrap scrap pile!
I love to sew. I have five curious and active kids who keep me busy!