Muin has many different meanings, spellings and translations. In ancient Arabic, it refers to teaching, to teach. Variations on muin in Gaelic are all about learning different things and teaching them too. As I originally made this bag for one of my favorite 2nd grade teachers, I felt this was an appropriate name. After finishing the first bag, I thought this pattern would make a great diaper bag!
When you have a friend as generally open to all you create as mine, it can be very hard to decide what fabrics to use FOR them. Sometimes it’s obvious, like a particular character love, or a joke… Other times, I just ask generally and see which print jumps out at them first.
For my friend that is expecting, when I texted a picture of my laminates and which one she liked best, I got back,” are those mopeds??” so guess what we went with. Scoot Scoot!
She’s expecting a baby boy, but she’s a red white and blue girl, so I split the difference. I used red polka dot laminate for the straps on the sides and the mid panel. The interior lining is an Amy Butler laminate that is heavy on the blue and doesn’t make you want to vomit when up against the red polka dots.
The Muin tote has a great deal of pockets: One exterior pocket, one interior zip pocket, 3 side panel pockets on interior, 2 elasticized mid panel pockets (sized for water bottles, or baby cups, but whatever strikes your fancy is doable)
I considered a full zip. Here’s the reality, While we all love a full zip in theory, no one uses it. When you are learning to wrangle a baby and wet diapers and digging for a pacifier and your keys… No Zip. I did however add a magnet snap to keep it from gaping open.
You can find Echino Laminates in the Casa Crafty Etsy shop. However, I will be closing shop at the beginning of July, I am moving this weekend, and I can’t figure out how to cut fabric where I will be selling. I’ve got a coupon active for 50% off your total purchase: MOVINGDAY , this coupon is only good until June 30th, so move fast 🙂
After I get settled, this pattern will be getting published, along with the others I’ve been mentioning. I won’t have a bunch of sewing room, I won’t have a bunch of household things to distract me as much. It will be time to focus on getting this next stage of my creative development started!