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dancing on a rainbow

With the various bits that a small ballerina needs stuffed into my already-full-to-the-brim nappy bag, the weekly trek too and from dance class demanded a more organisation cargo solution, and so I promised Miss Butterfly a ballet bag. “A rainbow one, mummy?” “of course, my love, if you want a rainbow, we’ll make a rainbow.” HA. FAMOUS. LAST. WORDS. The baby asleep, I pulled her onto my lap, and we snuggled as we scrolled through my “bags and pouches” Pinterest board. We slowly drifted down the page, until she found a cute ruffly messenger bag. I had already had a satchel in mind, so that worked perfectly. “Shall we put the rainbow on the flap?” I asked, thinking some cute flying geese would do the trick and be quite easy to whip up. But no. I made the mistake of letting her loose on the “quilting and patchwork” board, didn’t I? She decided she was quite partial to this kaleidoscope mini, which I quickly dumped into Photoshop, and with a quick check of Alley’s rainbow kaleidoscope of awesome, I had the approval of the project manager. A quick google sourced us a pattern, which also got pasted into photoshop and resized to fit the bag – 2.75″ per block. 12 small foundations printed, a raid of the scrap boxes and we were off.

satchel style ballet bag

The piecing of the flap took a couple of weeks, mainly due to time restrictions in finding a dedicated time to sit and concentrate on a block at a time, but eventually it came together. After getting the main bag and lining cut, I made a trip to the fabric store in search of strap adjusters. With all the effort going into the bag, I wanted to give it the longest life possible! But of course, there were none. Kirsty came to my aid and recommended a lovely little eBay shop, who I can’t recommend highly enough. Great range and great service wins my consumer loyalty without question. Of course though, that then meant I was tapping my foot waiting for the postie, but before long the sliders had arrived, and the bag was assembled and ready to go. And go it has. Everywhere. Generally followed by a very proud Butterfly announcing “see my new ballet bag? My mummy made it for me and it’s a RAINBOW”. And really, that there? That is the exact reason I sew and craft and make stuff for my small people. Because it gives them such a buzz to have a special something that was made just for them. It may not be perfect, but it is full of love, and (I hope) 30 years from now she won’t remember that the points didn’t match in places, or that certain fabrics weren’t quite right. She will remember the days she sat on my lap and we sewed together, and we made her a bag just like she wanted.

toddleer ballet bag with ruffles and patchwork feature

totallypinspiredsmallThis bag marks completed pins number twelve and thirteen (of fourteen required to date) in my “totally pinspired” challenge to turn my pins into projects. We are aiming to complete a minimum of two pins a month. For all my Totally Pinspired projects, click here. You can find my Pinterest boards here, and my completed pins board here. If you’ve been totally pinspired as well, I’d love to see what you’ve been making!

  • ~ Car ~

    *this* makes me want to start dancing then commission you for my very own rainbow bag. It is beautiful <3

    March 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Thank you my dear. And I would make you a bag even if you didn’t dance <3

      March 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm Reply
  • AJ

    Super Fab! Think my niece needs one for her birthday. … It’s only a few days away so that is not going to happen. But I like to dream!

    March 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Go on, double dog dare you. If you could sew all day Saturday you’d get it done.

      March 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm Reply
  • Cami

    I’m not a very accomplished quilter yet,(I’m afraid to do any thing involving shapes other than squares.) but I think the top flap looks amazing. If I was 6 this would be my dream bag.

    March 19, 2014 at 2:32 am Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Thank you for your kind comment! You’ll find your feet as you get more practice, and sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and jump in the deep end! It’s a fun little hobby, isn’t it?

      March 19, 2014 at 5:40 am Reply
  • Erin

    This is beautiful. A dream bag for all of us ballerinas at heart. I’m definitely going to check out some of these links and try to make one. Maybe less ruffles but that’s only because I’m now old and can’t get away with ruffly rainbow goodness 😀
    E xx

    March 19, 2014 at 7:20 am Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      You are never too old for ruffles! Thanks for your kind words xx


      March 19, 2014 at 7:29 am Reply
  • Vicki Lorraine

    Well done you on actually getting around to making anything from your Pinterest board….mine are there for ‘one day’. 🙂

    March 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Thanks! I won’t get too excited – 12 projects out of 7000+ pins isn’t too dramatic 😛

      March 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm Reply

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