I barely finished the bag in time for my daughter's surgery last week. I left it in her room as a surprise for her to see when she woke up that day. When she awoke, she came in to my room and asked me why I had left my purse in her room. It took a bit of convincing to explain to her that it was hers.
I helped her pick out things to pack in it for the hospital and I think it was a good activity to brighten up her outlook on the day. It was the perfect bag for all her comfort items and essentials: panties, socks, pull-ups, blankie, peach-scented tissues, Hello Kitty container with chap stick and hair bands, favorite books, DVDs, bento box with snacks, pajamas, "cutie-petutie" mini moopy, etc.
Finally found a good place for another super-cute item, a Meomi pin
I was pretty happy with how the bag turned out. I only have two complaints. Where I put elastic in the inside pockets, it caused my bag to pucker inwards at the sides. I actually really like the way the pockets turned out and I think they are really convenient for those little nick nacks but I should have simply cut the pocket longer so that when the elastic was attached, the elastic would end up the same width as the original pattern width. The other issue was that I still felt the bag was a bit soft on the top panels by the zipper. I didn't put Timtex in this area and kind of wish I had although, truthfully I don't know how I would have managed to sew through it. It was hard enough without any extra interfacing.
I went to the Hello Kitty store at the mall and found this super-cute key chain that I used for the zipper pull. It has a mirror on the back. I wasn't able to find bag feet at any of the local fabric and craft stores. So frustrating. But I was able to find them reasonably priced, more importantly with reasonably priced shipping online at www.lucysfabrics.com.
I think I would have preferred the feet that are a little bit bigger with the rounded bottom, but I figured these would be fine for a child's bag.