Well, after some head-scratchin' and note-jottin', I came up with some schematics for Little Miss' new school lunch box. It was sad to have to put my first attempt aside, but as soon as the fabric for the new box was picked I was all in for Round 2.
Now, I want you to know that Little Miss DID pick this fabric. I took her on a little trip to JoAnn, and we walked the aisles together oohing and ahhing over the offerings. (It's not typically my favorite store to purchase fabric from, but I had a coupon and laminated fabrics were on sale . . . it happens.) She did loiter over a few prints that I reeeeeally didn't like too much - - I encouraged her to keep her eyes open for different possibilities (I was extremely hopeful that we wouldn't end up with character fabric. In my mind, in that case I might as well just buy a lunch box off the shelf, right? I can't even count the ways that I despise Dora. And don't get me started on the whole princess thing!)
So we were both OVER THE MOON when we stumbled on Alexander Henry's Folklorico La Paloma. Can you believe it? In there amongst the fake camo fabric? Talk about about a diamond in the rough. The bright colors, the flowers, the hearts (and yes - - the birds), thrilled the heart of my soon-to-be-kindergartner while I let out a sigh of relief at her choice. ;)
Getting some decent laminated cotton was a bit more challenging . . . I could only find 2 choices, neither of which were going to gel with our festive Folklorico. I finally found an employee who directed me to a back endcap where there were a few more pre-cut choices. I picked a fun little floral print (though, to be honest, I would have picked something a bit more toned down if it had been there since the outside is already so busy.) None of the nuances of busy and calm seemed to trip up my little girl though . . . she was immediately on board with more bright flowers for the inside. "Perfect!" she exclaimed as we added it to the cart. (For those wondering, the laminated cotton is made by The Land of Whimzie, it's sold as a 1 yard piece [36"x42"], and it's PVC and phthalate free).
I still used the Love Your Lunchbox pattern from Gingercake, as I did before, but I made the base a bit deeper and a scoche wider. I'm pretty satisfied with the end product. If/when I make this again for Kee-ku I will probably lengthen the strap a bit and make the flap just a bit longer.
But, hooray! It holds her little lunchkeeper, her little water bottle, and still has enough room for a banana or a cup of yogurt. Actually . . . both. :)
For good measure I made a few little ice packs that I could tuck around her food to keep it cold. Anyone else have these Enfamil cold packs from the hospital that they never use? My kids have never been bottle drinkers, but I've kept them thinking I could use them for something someday. I guess that day has come.
So happy to be able to check this one off the list. AGAIN.
Next up . . . the backpack!
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