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    Gudrun
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    Dear Morsbaggers,

    I’m a new morsbagger and would like to give little book bags to children visiting the local library. I was wondering what size you usually make your children’s bags? I read somewhere that peope take an A4 leaf as a pattern for a little bag but it seems rather small.

    #4343
    beattie
    beattie
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    Hi Gudrun and welcome 😀 Thanks for your question about the size of bags for children. I love your plan to give bags away to kids using your local library! 😀

    I guess the answer depends on the size of the children the bags are for – you don’t want the bags to be dragging on the ground.

    You can vary the size of your morsbags as much as you like to fit the fabric you have and the people they’re for. So long as you have a functional bag that fits the job it’s for, that’s fine!

    I often suggest making a morsbag about 2/3 size for a child, and that works out a bit larger than the size of an A4 piece of paper.

    You could make a trial bag and get some of the children to try it out. If it takes books of the size they borrow and the children don’t have to lean over or lift their arm up so the bag doesn’t drag on the ground, it should be OK.

    For a bag 2/3 of a normal sized one you want a piece of fabric about 66cm long x 30cm wide for a bag with a fold at the bottom. (That’s 26″ x 12″ for people who work in inches) If your fabric is smaller than that you can make a two-piece bag by cutting 2 pieces that are 33cm x 30cm (= 13″ x 12″) and joining the bottom with a french seam the same as the sides.

    All these measurements don’t have to be precise and you can make the bags fit the material you have available.

    A couple more tips –
    1) About handles- I usually make the handles the same length as the width of the bag. If it’s being made for a particularly short person I make them a bit smaller than usual and angle them inwards when sewing them up into the “upwards” position.
    2) Another one for shorter people that may help with bags for kids, especially if they are borrowing picture books – you can turn the bag body around so it’s wider than it’s long (I think of these as like a beach bag). So for a normal sized bag you’d cut material to be 90cm long x 50 cm wide (36″ x 20″). Kid’s size “sideways” bag would need material cut to 60cm x 33cm (24″ x 13″).

    Hope this helps and isn’t too confusing! Please ask if you need more help 😀

    #4344
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    offcuts
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    I would say give them a full sized morsbag because
    * books come in all shapes and sizes
    * it can be used for conventional shopping afterwards

    #4346
    offcuts
    offcuts
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    ps I have found that a normal size morsbag fits on a little shoulder nicely!

    #4347
    beattie
    beattie
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    True! Children often use ordinary sized morsbags as shoulder bags. They also like their “own” bags.

    #4349
    Agwen
    Agwen
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    At hand outs we often find that children choose a full size bag and the adults choose smaller bags.

    #4350
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    Gudrun
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    Thanks for your ideas! I will try and experiment with the measurements you gave me because I have a lot of smaller pieces to use up.
    But of course picture books are very big and only a normal sized morsbag would accomodate them – I didn’t think about that!

    #4351
    beattie
    beattie
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    If you have a lot of smaller pieces of fabric to use up you may want to join them to make bits large enough to make a bag. I use a felled seam to join them securely.

    You can also make morsbags the traditional way, using separate pieces for the front and the back – they don’t have to match, and neither do the handles! 😀

    #4369
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    Gudrun
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    Right, I experimented a bit with bag sizes and found that the 30x33cm bags are supersweet, but not at all suitable for kids carrying library books. I can see now why children often pick the normal sized morsbags! The little bags are ideal for treats to take home after a kid’s birthday and could be reused for carrying snacks or slippers when going to a play date.

    #4372
    offcuts
    offcuts
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    Yes good for party bags as they are usually made of plastic.

    #4373
    beattie
    beattie
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    Thanks for reporting back Gudrun! I’m glad your experiments were successful. Interesting that standard sized morsbags won out again! 😀

    #4374
    beattie
    beattie
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    Double post! Again!!

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by beattie beattie. Reason: Double post
    #4394
    Krisaby
    Krisaby
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    That was interesting Gudrun. A good experiment!

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