My best friend from Kentucky is on her way to Virginia to visit. She is bringing her twin daughters who will soon be six years old. I picked up a few things to give them when they arrive including a Magic Tree House book, a notebook (they enjoyed "writing" in their diaries on their last visit), some little mechanical pencils, heart shaped erasers, stickers and lip gloss. I wanted to find a little gift bag, but nothing looked good and then I found a pattern I had printed out previously kicking around. I just tried to google for it, but no success. I'll try to find it again later. I changed things a little bit and lined it. I did this because I thought I would do the same drawstring channel technique from the Yarnmonster draw sting bag. It didn't work out quite the way I wanted it to, but it ended up working out better. You can draw the bag together either by the straps or by the ribbon draw cord. The bag is a bit smaller than called for because I was up late cutting them out and even though I double checked the measurements I still managed to screw it up make it better. It is smaller, but that works well for small girls I think. So here they are, filled with all their goodies.
The pink one was the first one I tried. I almost forgot the pockets and had to add it at the last minute, i.e. after I stitched up the side seams. I also decided to add a top to it, and the pink was my first attempt.