Thank you for the dolly love. The birthday party was fun with lots of people and lots of presents, a little overwhelming for a four, but I think she liked it. I also appreciate the information shared here on die and digital cutter systems. I'm still searching for one that's programmable, cuts paper and felt, embosses, is no larger than a toaster oven, preferably pink, and cooks dinner at the same time. That's not too much to ask for now is it? So far I haven't run across that particular model, but I'm narrowing down the choices. I didn't realize there were so many.
And the pocket bag is done (as you can see) and yes there are polka-dots. This just couldn't have turned out cuter. (Click on images to expand views). It's from this book. Grace loves it. It's the perfect size for toting around her music books, water colors, drawing tablets, camera, cell phone...the works. Hers also has the addition of a flap, which she requested. It was super easy to do:: just cut out another pocket with lining ; stitch them right-sides together; turn right-side out, top-stitch and slip it between the lining and the bag on the backside. The directions didn't specify how much yardage was needed, but if you use cotton duck for the outside bag portion, as was suggested, and as we did, you'll need at least 1-1/2 yards to allow for some major shrinkage. Half the strap is cut 37" long so a little over a yard of pre-washed fabric is needed for the whole bag and additionally for the lining. Other than that, the directions were excellent and it went together without a hitch, although there was some adjusting and hand-basting around the handles and bag edges that was necessary to keep them aligned, but next time, I think I'll use a little stitch witchery to hold everything in place instead. Nice little bag though.