I just seam ripped out several zippers and a whole lot of buttons to re-use. It was really difficult to remove the zippers from the cargo pants. I think a lot of glue was involved with the assembly. I tried using a rotary cutter instead of a seam ripper, which helped, but didn't make the task easy.
I accidentally cut one zipper short. Another one,which I suspected of being cheap, really was, and fell apart in my hand.
The buttons were no trouble. Are zippers not worth it?
I made this little guy by putting a potholder in my copy machine and making multiple copies. Then I cut out each owl body part as a pattern piece and stitched him up, leaving the bottom open for a hand.
Hooray! I learned something from the first bag and am more pleased with this second one. Abbreviated instructions are below. For comprehensive instructions, please visit my blog. (Sorry if that's a pita, rules about not copying from blog over there, and here about requiring instructions make it tricky.)
Measure height, back-waist, and waist of your child.
Divide height by four, waist by three and double back-waist length and add four inches.
Cut four rectangles for the bag and lining using height by waist measurements.
Cut one long rectangle four inches by back-waist measurement for strap.
Cut two rectangles one quarter size of bag pieces for the pocket.
It's amazing that my love for bags and sewing have not met before now. My first bag came out a bit floppy. I'll try again, and definitely use some kind of stabilizer. I needed a small tote to carry crafts and a few items, and purses just weren't getting it. And totes were too big.
Advise on how to make the bag stiffer without being impossible to turn through the lining would be much appreciated.