Today was the first day of school. We went to the mall last week in preparation. Both of the girls said that they didn't really need clothes -- Grandma has gotten them each a skort-and-top set -- but Julia's shoes were literally falling apart, and Laura has already outgrown her size sevens from last year. We got back in less than three hours (including a long thirty for lunch), which compared to last year was the blink of an eye, thank goodness.
I also made them each one of these --
from the "Little Wallet" pattern by Valori Wells that I bought at the craft store. The girls keep losing their coin purses, so I thought this would be perfect, as the two fat quarters recommended in the materials list would easily make three wallets. I probably even had enough in the scrap stash, but these fabrics were bright and cheerful.
The pattern is pretty easy even for a novice like me, and the directions are clear, and printed conveniently on a single folded piece of cardstock. I didn't get the turning hole together quite to my satisfaction either time, so I might try next time shifting the hole down a little and actually sewing the corner before turning it right-side out. (Now that I look at the photo on the cover of the pattern, that one doesn't look quite symmetrical either!)
Laura said when I gave them these this morning, "You made these?" astonished, so I guess my stock has gone up!