I have to admit - I like lunch boxes. Especially Japanese ones, that are colourful, have a few small compartments and are cute. Usually they are secured with an elastic strap or belt that doesn't come with the boxes.
Well, I decided to make my own. These elastic straps are so quick and easy to make and turn an ordinary looking strap into something attractive. Even my Not So Little Boy shyly asked if I could make one for him. That's precious! I couldn't resist. I made him a pear as per his request. He himself went through my stash and chose the fabrics for the pear. A running stitch around the edge to finish the pear off.
The apple took almost no time at all to finish, thanks to the quick free motion quilting. It's my personal favourite. I really like the combination of red and green, and the messiness of the stitching.
Mushroom was a bit tricky to make, I fiddled a while with the blanket stitch where it had to run on top of the elastic. Blanket stitch was one of the first stitches I ever learnt and I never liked it, it looked too childlike and not neat enough for me. But now I truly enjoy the effect it gives to the raw edges.
I wish I had some colourful elastic for these straps. I even went to the local haberdashery store but they had nothing I was looking for. So I had no choice but to use this plain white elastic in three different widths that I had at hand. Oh, and should I mention that I used some of the fabric scraps again?
An easy project that can be finished in less than half an hour. I enjoy making something small and easy but useful at the same time. Have a wonderful weekend! Larisa xox