Tuesday, May 29, 2012

SWAPS Bags

With Rock The Mall coming up and the massive amounts of SWAPS we are taking and getting I wanted the girls to have a bag they could wear across their bodies ... would have 2 pockets for giving and receiving and would be super easy to get in and out of ...

Skye tried a purse at Thinking Day this year but having to lift the flap up constantly just didn't work well for grabbing ones to give away or putting the ones she got from others into the bag ... so I had to come up with something different that didn't cost a lot ...

I looked at lots of different sites ... shared links with my friend Rachel (also a troop leader) who is looking for bags as well ... and just wasn't coming up with anything ...

So I came across the ones below and sent the link to Rachel to check out ... http://cheaptotes.com/new_promo_tote.html


The description talked about long handles and from the photo I thought they would be long enough for the girls to wear across their chest ... so I ordered a bunch in all different colors so I could check them out and to make the shipping worth while ...

They took FOREVER to arrive ... and once they did I realized they are a lot smaller than they look and the strap will not go across the chest ...

So I started messing around with them ... I cut one strap on the right and one on the left and tied them at the top ... it sits a little funny wearing it cross ways but it makes it very easy to reach in to the bag ...

Then I took some scrap fabric and made a pocket on the front ... perfect to put our SWAPS in and plenty of room then to put the SWAPS we get into the main part of the bag ...

Skye loves it and really that is what matters ... now I just need to make them for all the other girls going ... and cross my fingers that the hot glue I am using hold for at least the day!!