12 girl's night.


Yesterday my niece spent the night and we had a little crafty girl time!  She has three brothers and has spent the last few weeks with them and her two boy cousins, so the girl time was much needed.  We had pizza for dinner, she swam for a bit, and then came inside to color her little heart out!  I had made the outer portion of this bag before she arrived and it was just waiting to become her masterpiece.  We took out the washable markers and she got right to work.
The fabric is from the Color Me collection by StudioE Fabrics.  I had received it in a swap awhile back, and I'm really glad I hadn't used it yet, it's perfect for this project!
We used Crayola washable markers, with the hope that they will come out in the wash if she wants to start over.
 She had a lot of fun decorating her bag!
I made up the pattern of the bag as I went...it's just a fat quarter of the coloring fabric basted to quilt batting and muslin with some FMQ doodles, then sewn together with gussets and a black accent piece sewn along the top edge.  When she went to bed, I quickly sewed the rest together... added a lining, strap, and button (and a magnetic snap inside to close it).
Then I decided to practice some FMQ writing, and added her name and some hearts to the strap for fun.

She was so excited to see if finished this morning and to show it off at her dance camp today!  It was a wonderful way to spend time with my only niece.
Looking forward to another girl's night the next time she's in town :)

p.s.  Tammie is giving away two copies of my Colorblock Quilt today in her Sew Full of Summer series!  Click here to enter.


  1. so cute my kids would love that fabric!

  2. So sweet of you to make something special for your only niece! What a fantastic idea :) Girl's time is the best!

  3. Thanks for this idea! I have twin nieces who are nine and would just love to do this when they come to spend the night. :)

  4. Saw your pic on IG and love seeing the whole project here! I have a friend with an 8 yr old that would love this. I'll have to look for the fabric!

  5. Super cute! Personalizing the strap is the icing on the cake. Its adorable!

  6. wow, you are the best aunt ever! what a terrific project.

  7. What a brilliant idea and what a fun project! I love it! Maybe when my niece is older we'll do that too (she's 7 months old now...). Did you use fabric colors that will stay, or will they come off in the wash? Either way, awesome!!

  8. This is an adorable project! Looks like you two had a blast!

    - Katie Fleming
    Kate Micelle Designs

  9. It's so fun, Holly! I'm glad you and your niece had such a fun night together.

  10. Oh, best aunt EVAR! I'm kind of wishing I was your niece...

  11. you are such a cool aunt! love the bag and the quilting!

  12. Holly that is so cute! I should get some of that fabric for my daughter. What a fun night :-)


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