My posting is channelling 1977 this week (shirred sundresses and Holly Hobbie!). My middle sister and I had these Holly Hobbie bags. This photo was taken in Australia at my grandparents home. My dad brought us home these original Knickerbocker bags from a business trip in Boston. We used them for our travels. The pocket says “carry a little love with you.” Holly Hobbie was wise.
When my sister and I cleaned out my dad’s crawl space, we found the bags. They were musty and damaged, but the patch pockets were still intact. I carefully removed the patch pocket and made the girls drawstring backpacks with the pockets. The fabric is pre-printed hexagon fabric that I found at the thrift shop. I am trying to get them to carry their own stuff when we go on our excursions (water bottle and snack, etc. ), instead of me carrying everything!
So now they can carry a little love! I recently came across a very informative post on doll kind which gives the history of Holly Hobbie dolls and their cultural significance. The author says that there are a few episodes on Little House on the Prairie where Carrie is playing with a Holly Hobbie doll. We are trying to find these episodes!
Before I sign off I thought I would share the backpack storm my sewing pal and I have been stitching in licensed and novelty fabrics. The collage below a sample of what we have been up to (Superman, Mister Man, Fancy Nancy, Littlest Pet Shop, Chuggington, Angelina Ballerina) for various birthday gifts. (We have used this tutorial and this tutorial and adapted them depending on the size of our scraps). Her family uses soccer packs for the soccer gear; baseball packs for the baseball gear, etc. Keeps everything organized. It’s also a nice idea to make a little pack for a special trip. My pal’s nieces are going to France, so she plans to make them little packs with Eiffel tower fabric.
Carry a little love with you,