There is nothing like a bit of procrastination crafting. Even better when the craftiness actually serves a purpose, thereby lessening the guilt-that-I-am-procrastinating factor.
And so it was that I found myself whipping up some handy little drawstring bags late the night before we went away. Instead of packing. Or sleeping.
I had a brainwave that if I filled these bags with odds and ends and a few snacks that they might keep the young ones mildly amused on our eight hour car ride.*
Look, I'd be lying if I said there weren't still a few hairy moments here and there but on the whole the presentation of these bags at choice moments worked a treat. When they weren't looking I'd whisk them away and refill them with a few more bits and pieces.
And the most excellent bit of all? All the bits and pieces were things they already had at home which seemed to just take on a shiny newness due to the bag.
Oh and the second most excellent thing was that I actually used fabrics from my stash. A novel concept for me (i.e. "oh so you actually cut up and use the fabric that you buy?")
The bags were loosely based on the drawstring bags from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing. I say loosely because I was just too darned lazy to actually get up and consult the instructions. And so there were a few hiccups to an otherwise easy-peasy little project.
Does anyone have any other tips for long-haul trips? If it involves some sort of crafting for the Mum than so much the better!
*can I insert a rant here about portable DVD players in cars for kids? If I survived endless car journeys in a non air-conditioned car in Queensland playing eye-spy then so can my kids. Phew! There I've said it.