messenger bag inspired by “What the Ladybird Heard”

this one is for my lil j!

yes, after having “inspired” me to sew this outfit from one of his favourite books, i felt compelled to make him something.  this time i’ve picked another one of his favourite:

A beautiful story by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks

all the animals in the farm said something, except the ladybird. he was a quiet little thing who said never a word. but the ladybird saw, and the ladybird heard... this is a wonderful story about the tiniest and quietest creature who came up with a plan to foil two crafty robbers' cunning plan.. it is truly a book filled with a whole farmyard of fun!

this was the page from which i drew my inspiration upon

i embroidered the illustration from this page. i did the entire embroidery in one thread colour simply because the ladybird was inconspicuous and i wanted to portray that subtlety.

the messenger bag i made especially for lil j. i used cotton linen for the outer fabric and lined the bag with recycled upholstery fabric given to me by MIL.

i've sewn the velcro vertical on the flap and two horizontal on the bag. this way, lil j don't have to fumble to fasten them, and this also allow the velcro to be adjustable.

the inside of the bag has a large pocket and a small hidden pocket (this hidden pocket was made to put lil j's sunnies). the lining was made from some recycled blind-out curtain material.

this was the first time i used the sewing machine in front of lil j. i sat him on a chair next to me and explained as i sewn the bag for him. ok, not everything, just the last bit and he asked if he could use the sewing machine! (not quite yet, he is just two really!) when it was done, i gave the bag to him and told him he could put things inside if he'd like. he wanted to put the ladybird book, but it was too big, so he put in the hungry's caterpillar instead.. oh, and his sunnies (i knew he would like to carry that for sure!) and he asked me for some snack to put into the bag as well! then he picked up the bag, and said "let's go the the library, mama". my heart just melted 🙂

And this shall be my second entry for no big dill’s OUT

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.  Romans 10:17

…j

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