the car bags

this summer, we all went on vacation to the midwest…minnesota and wisconsin, specifically.  it was a ‘high agenda’ type of vacation. we were stuffing in visit-time with grandpa, a work-y reunion for my husband, lots of meet ups with old friends, and a trip to my hometown of duluth to see grandma, aunty and uncle.  needless to say, there was much driving not to mention flying.  and, you know, kids are soooo awesome about sitting while fully strapped in for hours on end.  so i tried to be pretty prepared.  i made these ‘car bags’ that are really just single-strap bags made with heavy-duty interfacing so that they stay upright on their own, for the most part.  i added a fancy front pocket so i could rotate some eye-catching coloring books or truck books (more likely) to minimize the whining and hassling that inevitably occurs every time we get into the car.

they ended up being pretty handy and easy to tote into grandma’s house and the hotel, as well.  a transportable play station for the unplugged, kind of thing.  (that is, as long as i stayed diligent with repacking and resorting everything so that it was sure to draw them in. a practice no longer employed at home.)  the single strap included snaps so it could be unsnapped and hung over anything we pleased.

{i’m completely smitten with this canvas elephant fabric, believe i got it from sew mama sew.}

 i also threw together two crayon roll/paper pad combos that turned out to be GREAT for keeping little people occupied at dinner time in restaurants.  in our experience, dinner in a restaurant can be a wicked combination of both humiliating and also exhausting…it’s something we almost never do at home. so, a tiny solution to that problem was awfully welcome.

that’s not to say that two crayon rolls and upright fabric bags got us through every pickle but there could have been more, let’s just say that much.

it was a great trip and well worth the hassles that accompany traveling with little people, made a little bit better with a slice of mama-made, to boot.  and, of course, i wouldn’t miss a chance to see the three boys i love the most in the world next to the lake that takes my breath away.

 {lake superior}

 

 

1 Comment on the car bags

  1. kristen powell
    November 4, 2011 at 10:32 am (6 years ago)

    love the crayon rolls!

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