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Archive for September, 2009

Fantastic new product

I am always thinking of things to make, as you know. I lean towards items which are practical, functional and fun to sew. If they appeal to other people, so much the better, as selling things means I can fund my fabric habit! With Philippa starting school this week, I have been contemplating items which would be useful for her and, once the art smock was complete, I moved on to lunch time. She has plenty of bags and a perfectly good lunch bag which she used for preschool and does not want to part with. She has always taken a napkin to preschool with her to put her food on, so I decided to upgrade. I have been working on a grab and go placemat that will be useful for school and also for eating out, picnics and the like. I think I have cracked it and I am really pleased with the outcome.

Grab and go placemats

Grab and go placemats

The ultimate placemat

The ultimate placemat

The ultimate placemat

The ultimate placemat

These mats are made with 3-4 coordinating cotton prints and the main body is interlined with fleece.  The pocket section is interfaced and holds stainless steel, dishwasher safe cutlery and has a flap to keep it all secure. There is also a pocket behind the cutlery pocket for a napkin – how clever is that! (The napkin can be used to wrap the dirty cutlery in – thanks for that idea, Tracy!) The ties are sturdy and made with one of the fabrics used in the mat, which rolls up neatly for popping into a lunch bag or handbag on the way out. The mats are machine washable and all fabrics have been prewashed and dried to prevent further shrinkage.

Something that will appeal to lots of parents is that this might stop kids putting their food on surfaces which may or may not be clean! We expect children to pick up bugs when they go back to school, but the current concern about the H1N1 virus makes this even more of an issue.

I would love to hear what you think!

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Today was Philippa’s first day at kindergarten. As many of you will know, this is a huge milestone for all of us. How can the past 5 years have gone by so fast? How can that fragile little baby be going to school already? I am so proud of my bright, independent girl. She isn’t a bit worried about being apart from me, much to my chagrin, I must admit! I would be nice if she were going to miss me just a little! But no, she says that when we go tomorrow, which is another short session, I can stay to meet some of the other mums, then I have to go!

Getting ready for kindergarten

Getting ready for kindergarten

She has a new pair of wellies for walking to school in the rain – that is likely to happen a lot here! Inside shoes, lunch bag with custom made grab and go placemat (more on that later), backpack (customized), art smock and a change of clothes. Doesn’t look like she’ll need a hanky to dry the tears!

Pip and Milly

Pip and Milly

Me and my girls

Me and my girls

Ready for school

Ready for school

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