April 9, 2010

Getting ready...

allergy kit

We're almost there! Tomorrow we can start packing for real. Only a few more things to label and we're done!
As you may know from previous posts, little H. has food allergies. This means she has to take some medication with her on her trip too, just in case. Most likely, she won't need any of it, but you never know. Because I didn't want to send her away with her meds in a plain plastic bag I decided to make a bag instead - very last minute, I know. To make it even more last minute I couldn't really figure out what I wanted it to look like exactly. I wanted it to be very basic and handy for the teachers (easy access to medicines as well as posology and other useful information). So, this is what the 'allergy kit' ended up looking like - a very basic drawstring bag indeed. The beauty of this bag, however, is in the detail I believe.

I used a red cross picture, found on the net and printed it on iron-on transfer paper together with her name. On the back, I made a little transparent pocket finished with a fabric flap and Velcro closure. It perfectly fits index cards with all necessary allergy information and the posology for the different medicines - right within eye sight whenever needed. To make this pocket, I used the vinyl envelope some new panties came in. I have been saving up vinyl packaging ever since I came across this interesting project through Whip Up. I used French seams as described here and made boxed corners. In order to keep the bag from opening I added a small fabric "stopper" to the drawstring, which slides up and down accordingly.

This project took me way longer than intended and necessary, but it's so much nicer than a plain plastic bag - don't you think??

Now, one more thing before I sign off: make sure to come back next week as I'm planning a small giveaway here - just to say thanks to all of you for the support, the encouragements, the compliments, the cheers... I felt/feel deeply touched when reading all of your comments... Thank you so much!

In the mean time, I'm wishing you a very nice weekend!

Cheers,

xo, P.

9 comments:

cindy said...

i love the bag, especially the pocket. what is so nice about blogging is how kids can learn how much their moms love them. i'm looking forward to your giveaway and hope i win whatever you offer ;). enjoy your weekend!

Kimberly said...

This is such an incredible idea! I love the details. It would be so easy to make up another one to keep in the car with just first-aid basics. Never know when disaster may strike!

Laura said...

Soooo much nicer then a plastic bag! I love the vinyl pocket and all the details (like the fabric slider).

Shirin said...

very cute idea for an allergy kit! I love it when people go that extra step, even if it's something they're not giving away. Looks really nice.

Jacqui said...

Who wouldn't want to take their medicine if it came out of a cute bag like that?! And let's face it, 90% of the stuff we do could be done faster and cheaper, or bought, but it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying would it :)

I've been saving up vinyl pouches and packaging so I can make myself a wallet with clear spots for licences etc. I'd been reluctant to try because I didn't know where I'd find something like that to buy and then one day I was holding this sturdy clear plastic pouch and the lightbulb went on. So now I have quite a few things like that, perhaps I should attempt other projects like the whip-up one!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

thats a very useful bag and I love the clear pocket for the 'important information'.

nicole/brussels said...

een mooi staaltje van creativiteit "allergie bag" de afwerking is gewoon prachtig! ik hou van de "speciale" hoeken, die de tas rechtop houden, van de leuke "rode kruis" logo en tot wat het dient! de sluiting is ook mooi gedaan! Little H. must be proud of what here mom did!

blue moss said...

Only you could come up with such an amazing bag! Love all the fabulous details. :)
Hope she has the best time
Michelle

virginia said...

cindy - i suggested to a mommy blogger that she permanently and safely archive her blog posts, because they say so much about her as a young mother. who knows how we will communicate in 20 years...

pascale, this is so you, and so perfect. you really do reduce a need to its essence, and with just one element, you communicate the purpose.

simplicity always appears effortless.

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