I hope you are all well. Today I made a gym bag for my 13 year old son. I had some camouflage canvas material and thought that would be appropriate for him. I wanted to spice it up a bit and make it look cool. You know.....so that he wouldn't be ashamed of it....and it would be stylin'.......So, I cut out his initials first out of some cream fabric. Then I used fusible web to fuse them to some dark denim. I then stitch around the cream colored letters and left the edges raw. I cut out the letters from the denim, then pinned them to the bag fabric and sewed them on. I used my darning foot to sew them to the bag front. I didn't want it to look to perfect. I wanted it to have kind of a rough look. So I left the denim edges raw too. Eventually they will frey and it will look more worn. I made two straps out of the left over canvas and added a twill tape tab at the top so that he could hang the bag on a hook and bought a toggle so that the bag could be properly sinched and kept closed.
When he got home from school, I showed it to him. I was really nervous that he wouldn't like it. You know how 13 yr olds can be about their stuff. Well, he loved it. He gave me a big hug and a kiss. He said it looked really cool and that it was big enough he could you it when he went bike riding. I told him it was for gym.....oh yeah.....he said. LOL!!! Well, I'm just glad he liked it.