My daughter wanted a summer bag and after looking at the local department stores and not wanting to spend an average of $65 for a purse, she turned to me and said, "Mom, can't you make me a bag?" I certainly can, but was waiting to be asked. You know how sometimes our kids don't want things that look homemade when all their friends are sporting the new Vera bag.
We set off to the fabric shop and found this pattern. She then took some time picking out fabric. I tried to stay out of it and let her choose what she liked. She also decided that she wanted the covered buttons to give it a more finished look and longer straps so she could wear it across her body. It was fun to make. I hope that she will develop a spark for sewing on her own, but for now I'm thrilled that she's thrilled with her new summer bag!