(2014/10: Check out my updated tutorial here!)
Summer has definitely arrived and the meteorologists on t.v. keep telling me that we are in a heat wave here in Southern Ontario. We are very lucky to have a splash pad just at the end of the street and it's been a godsend when the kids have wanted to play outside. But since my kids are still young, they often rely on mommy for many things; and getting ready for waterplay is definitely a multi-step, multi-accessory activity that they need help with.
Last year, I found a this great tutorial for a hooded beach towel back pack at The Train to Crazy and I knew right away that I wanted some for my kids. How great is it to get your kids carrying around some of their sh.. er... stuff? And this year, the trend seems to be the poncho beach towel which allows the kids to stay somewhat covered up while changing. Again, another little thing that helps the kids take care of their own sh.. um.. stuff.
Luckily my sons never forgot about their promised towels and asked diligently after them every few days to ensure that Mommy wasn't dropping the ball. In the end, they took only about an hour's worth of work, so I'm not sure why I procrastinated so long.
I didn't do any fancy finishing or hemming, just a zig zag stitch on the poncho opening and a straight stitch with a narrow hem on the pack front.
Both backpacks were made from flannel scraps so backpack number one had straps that weren't quite long enough to be sewn into the side seam of the backpack. Instead I sewed the straps straight onto the towel.
Backpack number two was a smaller backpack, but had straps that were long enough to be incorporated into the side seams... giving it a much better fit when worn.
Either way, the boys loved them and took them out for a trial run immediately after receiving them. The best part was when, upon returning, my eldest asked me, "Mommy, where did my new backpack go?"
"It turned into your towel and you wore it home, remember?"
Flabbergasted - "Wha?!? How did it do that?"
"It was magic."
And that seemed to satisfy him.