So my monkeys have summer birthdays, and we have pool parties for said birthdays. After all, why pay for a fancy party venue, when there's a pool in the backyard, right? Anyway, as I blogged about last year, I prefer to have "green" party bags. So this year I thought that drawstring bags would be good, and I wanted to make them a little more "themed" to the pool, especially since the goodies inside were all pool-related. So I found a swimming clip art image and enlarged it to a good size for the bags. I used heat-n-bond lite to fuse the appliques in place, then straight-stitched just inside the edges with matching thread. The green bags were for Thing 1's party (his favorite color is green), and the orange ones for Thing 2's party. The green and black fabrics were thrifted sheets - the green is actually more of a lime color - and the orange was broadcloth that I purchased on sale at JAF. The green bags are lined with black, but the orange bags are lined with the orange. The bags ended up measuring about 11 inches wide by 13.5 inches tall - a good size for fun pool toys, as well as whatever treasures they will hold later.
I hope that the kids enjoy using them to hold their stuff as much as I enjoyed making them!