Months ago, maybe six or eight even, I had the thought to make myself a bag in the style of the ones carried by Buddhist monks. They are so simple, but with a graceful design. They have room enough for a book or some crochet or an extra pair of pants for your small one in addition to your regular things. The crossover strap is perfect in every way for a mother who may have to chase a child at any moment.
I found this easy tutorial. I put it off. I couldn't decide on the fabric. I didn't need it that much at the time anyway. The Bug was still in diapers and then he was in school. And then a couple weeks ago we decided to pull him out. So I could be with him all the time again, and I realized I would be wanting this bag. And I should get on with it. Really.
It took about an hour total. Cutting, ironing, sewing. I changed a couple things. I cut the straps as whole pieces and shortened them a couple inches. I skipped the inside pocket in favor or a full panel outside pocket.
I really like it. I have the strongest urge to paint the flower on the pocket. I'm just unsure about the best way to do it. Any ideas?