art caddy

I sewed something!  One of Oscar's buddies had a birthday party this weekend, and making a gift was just the motivation I needed to dust off the sewing machine. I made a little take-along art caddy in hopes that it will be useful in keeping a 3-year-old busy and happy.


There are lots of variations of this project floating around the internet, and I used bits and pieces of many of them.  I've referenced my favorite versions at the bottom of this post.  I didn't follow a specific tutorial partially because I wanted to create something unique, but mostly because I am feeling too tired to try and follow written directions.  :)

Is it silly that I am proud of myself for including a zipper pocket?  I have known how to sew zippers for a long time now, but for some reason I tend to shy away from them.   Zippers are not scary!  I need to remember that.


When you open the caddy, you find crayons and markers on the left, and a paper pad and an extra pocket for goodies like stickers on the right.

The fabrics for this project came from Riley Blake's Wheels line.  For inspiration or instructions on a similar project, check out the following blogs:

Spledorfalls: composition caddy
Simply Modern Mom:  kaye's sketchbook caddy
Sutton Gract: art notebook
{lbg studio}:  art journal

And now, for a gratuitous cute baby photo:


Can you believe it has already been 7 weeks since Cora was born?  Time really flies.  While I can't say it has been super fun so far, I sure do love her.

31 comments:

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

congrats on the new baby! Somehow I missed that little bundle of joy-cute name too!

Linda said...

Yes, the third one really does you in...I remember those days well. It goes by so quickly. Enjoy it all...even the exhaustion! Love the art caddy. So cute. Not as cute as Cora, though!

Emily said...

What a fun art caddy. Great job with the zippered pocket (and fun contrasting fabrics). My unofficial new year's resolution is to sew my first zipper. What a darling baby too!

tinajo said...

Love the bright, cheerful colors - and congrats to that sweet baby! :-)

bethanndodd said...

Super cute! The caddy and Cora ;)
Smiles~Beth

lisa jack said...

Can you tell me how you're failing? I'm 6 wks away from #3, and scared out of my mind!!! Lol Aj is almost 4 & AR will be 18 mos. Whew. No wonder I'm already so tired!; -)

lisa jack said...

Oh autocorrect!!
*Fairing!!!!!

Jenny said...

cora is so cute; she looks so much like ruby! also, i love her hair!

Sarah Ashford said...

Hi Jill, I have been following your blog for a few months now, so thought it was time to say hi! Your work is amazing, I love the wooden dolls, the little touchy feely book you made for your kids, and the art caddy is great too. And what an adorable family you have. My second baby is due next week, (ah!) so I guess I will be like you, trying to juggle making things with babies and young children! I shall be keeping an eye on your blog with interest, you make so many wonderful, creative things. All the best, Sarah x

Dawn said...

love your art caddy! great idea to put spaces for markers and crayons and an extra pocket for other stuff! not sure i'd do the zipper but these would be great v-day presents for my kids :) congrats on your new baby-she is so adorable!!

hendrixgirl3 said...

When did you have Cora? My daughter turned 7 weeks on Saturday :)

Splendorfalls said...

So cute; I love the double rows and sturdy handles! Thank you for linking to my tute!

Vanessa said...

Congrats on sewing something!! The art caddy is fun, and I know the 3 year old loved it! Cora is just as beautiful as your other children, thanks for sharing a photo of her too!

onesmallhappyfamily said...

Love reading your blog and getting some sewing/crafting inspiration! I had two girls in 53 weeks. They will be 3 and 4 this month. It's probably going to be awhile until it's "super fun". I'm not sure we're to that point even still! Fun, just not super! Hang in there!!!

{amy k.} said...

love this idea! your sewing always looks so professional! i'd love to try this sometime but i'm sure it'd look much more amateur!

Natalie said...

Having 3 really little ones was harder than having my 4 now. Hang in there! You're investing in the future. Hopefully they are really great friends as they get older.
Thanks for all the time that you put into your blog. You have great ideas!

Becky said...

She is really adorable! How blessed you are!
Love the art caddy thing--wanna make a few for my grand-babies.

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness Jill, you really tackled a biggie right out of the gate! The art caddy looks amazing, but Cora takes the cake... those eyes!! :)

Genevieve said...

cute art caddy- even cuter baby! question about the caddy... did you place anything inbetween your fabrics? webbing or fusing or anything? thanks!

JesseyB said...

Thanks for all the great ideas and pics of your adorable kids! I love that the new baby is named Cora. That was my great grandmothers name and she was one of the most amazing, sweet, godly women I have ever known. I love to see that name making a comeback!

Shannon said...

oh my!! Loving this. Bright and fun colors and a must for little ones. I missed your little one's arrival..where have I been? She's a cutie!!

Homemade Mommy said...

What a great project (and baby)! I love to make useful things like this, and what else is more useful than keeping a 3-year-old busy?!?!?!?!

Joy said...

The baby & caddy are beautiful! I would like to make a caddy for my daughter for her birthday. Would you mind sharing the dimensions of the caddy? Thanks, Joy

Marta said...

Hi! What a beatiful baby, and the bag is just great! I wish I could sew! Best regards from a new reader from Barcelona, Spain,
Marta
http://abilingualbb.blogspot.com/

PS by Dila said...

That's so cute!

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Annie said...

What a very cute idea and a very cute little Sweety Pie too! :)

Allison said...

Oh I love this idea! This would be perfect for my little one! Thank you for sharing the cute art bag and cute baby pic!

Erin said...

thanks for linking to my tutorial!!

I love your art caddy! The zipper is awesome!

Congrats on your beautiful baby! :)

Anonymous said...

Love this project! Thanks so much for sharing. I tackled it the last two weekends. Really only took me 3 hours of sewing. Best part, all straigh foward seams, just need to always keep in mind how it is going to look finished when putting all the layers together. My daughter LOVES it! I will me making many more of these for gifts over the years. Now to tackle your spring tote project!

Solar Panels Bristol said...

So many gorgeous things but the art caddy is gorgeous! What little budding artist wouldn't want that! Also very handy for mums and dads when out and about. Love it!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this art caddy and want to make one for my daughter. I like yours better than the others and think it would be perfect for my 3 year-old. Any chance you'll put up a tutorial? Thanks so much!