Man Bags, Xtreme

by Stefani on 11-June-2009

First, we'd like to give a big "HOWDY!" to folks who have moseyed over from the Pioneer Woman. As you can imagine we were pretty stinking excited that the amazing Ms. OMSH had such nice things to say about our book and we're also so dang excited to have some new friends visiting. 

So, welcome! Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable! Feel free to poke around, just don't open any closets because something's sure to fall on you!

Now if you've been around for a bit, you no doubt remember the Man Bags

I thought y'all would get a kick out of seeing how they are evolving. You just never can tell what you'll get when you've got an 8 year old boy with some mad sewing skills and some flame fabric 🙂 In his hands a sewing machine is a means to an end, a tool, not something you use to make things pretty as it is to me. To him, it is something you use to get the job done. 

It's funny too… I thought that since I didn't have any girls I'd never have to worry about my kids getting into my things, but no. Around 10 AM each morning the same scene is repeated:  I'm walking around the house, looking, fruitlessly for just ONE ponytail holder. I'm cursing the heat, hollaring about how, "that is IT! I'm going to get all this hair chopped off!" and wondering why, WHY in the name of all that is holy, do they have to use the 14,000 hair thingies that I have accumulated, for goodness knows what. 

Apparently ponytail ties make the perfect McGuyver go-to ingredient. 

Collecting Jars

In this case, my oldest has sewn them onto his belt for holding film canisters (begged from our local camera shop) ammo belt style. It's pretty ingenious really. He uses them for carting home bug specimens from our walks, but now he's thinking he needs another set so that he can carry Band-aids and matches. (Um… hmmm…. that's around about the time that I began talking about how real men don't need matches and he said, "You mean I can have a lighter?" Uh, no.)

He tells me that next to pony tail holders, one can't have enough safety pins and caribiners. In the photo you can see that his knife and jeweler's loupe are held on by safety pins, and his water bottle is attached with the caribiner. 

Man Belt, Xtreme

That water bottle bag there in the back? It was gift wrapping … a gift to ME and I had thought it would make a sweet bag to carry my art pencils in, but before I knew what happened it was on the sewing table being chopped and repurposed. Gah!

Oh well… As important as art is, hydration is pretty essential too. 

 There's still a few inches of belt real estate remaining, so I'll let you know how he fills it 🙂

The gang and I are going to head up to see Granny this afternoon. We're anxious to surprise her with a copy of the magazine, and also there's a blueberry festival in town! 

My middle man thinks he's going to participate in the pie eating contest, so wish us luck. All I can think of is that horrible pie scene in Stand By Me. Is it seared into your memory too?

I wonder if there's room for some handiwipes on that belt? 

Have a great weekend folks. We'll see you back here on Monday!
Sherry (rovinggirlnotes) June 11, 2009 at 7:16 am

Totally fabulous post. I should make my he-man one of these!!!
I hope that you had fun visiting grandma and that you ate lots of yummy blueberries too.
You will have to show us what cool things are collected by using the he-man belt!!
PS—tips on making the add ons for the belt would be welcome!!

Miss VanDroo June 11, 2009 at 7:17 am

Cool Belt! I do believe he should patent it – boys NEED one of those!

Have fun at Grany’s.

gennysent June 11, 2009 at 7:21 am

You are a constant source of inspiration. I loved reading this. I added it to my growing list of “Precious Child Moments” on my sidebar.

And yes, the pie eating scene in Stand By Me is permanently etched in my mind. Good luck to you!


Jumbleberry Jam June 11, 2009 at 7:22 am

Awesome creativity! Scary pie scene ;-).

Rebecca June 11, 2009 at 7:29 am

yes, kids are SO VERY creative when they are allowed to be! You are such a good Mom, allowing him to use the sewing machine- I say YIKES! my kids don’t touch it YET…

BOATBABY June 11, 2009 at 7:37 am

BRILLIANT!!! My son is drooling at these pics and digging through his sewing basket now because he too has the manly flame fabric and is now whirling with ideas!

I think our boys would get along quite well.


Amber June 11, 2009 at 7:41 am

Reading this post it just occurred to me that film canisters will soon be a thing of the past. I remember mountains and mountains of them around the house when I was a kid. We used them for everything. And now I don’t own even one.

It’s sort of sad. I love my digital camera I also loved film canisters.

jennifer June 11, 2009 at 7:53 am

sheer genius! i love it.

Brittany June 11, 2009 at 7:54 am

No! Not blueberry pie, any other pie eating contest but blueberry! That scene is just too much. 🙂
I am in awe of his sewing skills and creativity. Would he be willing to share a simple pattern? My eldest (who is a girl) would love something like this to carry around her essentials (you know, fake cell phones and such). June 11, 2009 at 8:53 am

My little man is always re-fashioning his manbag/manbelt. It has scissors and bandaids and “ammo” and all kinds of stuff. He put a whole jar of my moisturizer , which happens to come in these very tiny little caplets that look like miniature bombs, into a plastic container and chucked them at his cousins in a mini war!
Cute, but expensive.
Thanks for the post.

Aunt LoLo June 11, 2009 at 9:14 am

Now THAT is a fabulous belt! Goodness…

Christina June 11, 2009 at 9:33 am

Those “man bags” are adorable! So creative!

jodie June 11, 2009 at 10:49 am

A creative boy and a sewing machine…that just makes my heart sing!

Lindsey Alyce June 11, 2009 at 11:43 am

Your son is AWESOME! I hope my boy makes something like that for his great adventures when he is eight.

Myrnie June 11, 2009 at 12:52 pm

He’s brilliant!!

Dana June 11, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Sweet Jesus, that is awesome! That kid has some skillz.

heather at brown robin June 11, 2009 at 3:40 pm

That’s the best “man belt” I’ve ever seen! I hope that I can be as good a mama to my little guy. Up till this sweet boy, all I knew was girl… tough girl, but still. I hope I can let the cute prints go, a little of the anxiety, and go “vrooom” with him enthusiastically. I want to meet him where ever he’s at, but teach him compassion and empathy too. You know?

gardenmama June 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Excellent belt! My kids would certainly love this, thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary June 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm

What a beautiful story! I’m printing it out and keeping it forever!

Butzeballchen June 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Handiwipes?! That is so girly 😉

Kristine June 11, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Ha! You bring a laugh to my face with this post! Thank you! 8 year old boys are awesome (I have 3 boys) and so clever. Just try to keep up –

Safety pins are essential in our house, too, but for my three year old who uses them to pin on scarves (etc.) for skirts, and then just to pin on to his shirts or whatever. I don’t know if he has ever poked himself (must have) but he has become quite deft…

I love your blog, and I can just hear Austin in your(typed) words. (I have family there).

Have a great weekend and enjoy your words in print. – But aren’t you famous already with all this blog action?! Seems so to all of us!

Jami June 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Oh… my… GOSH! Your son is a GENIUS! I’m completely impressed with this belt idea – how many other kids out there would come up with this instead of asking their parents to buy something similar (but in no way NEAR as cool)?
So, for the extra real estate on the belt… might I suggest a snack container? Or maybe some ROPE? Because a guy never knows when he’s gonna need to tie something.

Thimbleina June 13, 2009 at 3:08 am

Great belt, what a creative guy you have there

Relyn June 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

McGyver – my husband’s childhood hero. Your little guy is a hero to Momma’s everywhere. We all sit here and hope and pray that we can raise our own children to be half as ingenious, creative, and diligent.

Sam June 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Amazing man bag! My son would love to make his own, thank you for the inspiration. He also has taken up sewing, although just stitching at this point.

You are always an inspiration!

Adelia June 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome. And thanks for all the inspiration as well. We just made our own set of hiking sticks and a tee pee. My boys loved it!!

And what a belt!!! My oldest will truly be inspired! 😀

Stephenie June 15, 2009 at 8:36 am

I just found your blog, and what a post! My boys, 5 and 7, would love to have a man bag. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lorilee Kopp June 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Love that manbag!!! Like that tree bottle holder! 😉

Children are genius.

Rebecca June 16, 2009 at 7:56 am

I LOVE that your Son is adding to the belt himself! Totally ingenious, too!


Stefani June 17, 2009 at 9:09 am

I agree! They serve so many creative purposes! Thankfully we live pretty near a camera shop that is all too willing to part with bags of them!

Stefani June 17, 2009 at 9:10 am

I’ll see if we can work up a little pattern of sorts. Really it’s just one basic little top sewn rectangle adjusted to suit his many ideas.

Stefani June 17, 2009 at 9:11 am

Ha! That boy of yours would get along real well around here! Moisturizer bombs!

Stefani June 17, 2009 at 9:12 am

Oh do I! One minute I think I’m raising such sensitive men and the next my youngest is saying he wants to grow up and “blow people up.”
It’s not for the faint of heart, raising boys into men!

Stefani June 17, 2009 at 9:12 am

Touche. Very very girly. I suppose a real man would just wipe his blueberry puke on his shirt sleeve and move on 🙂

Stefani June 17, 2009 at 9:13 am

Well I don’t FEEL famous, but maybe it’s just cuz I’m not wearing enough safety pins 🙂

Stefani June 17, 2009 at 9:14 am

Rope and snacks… brilliant! And maybe a pulley… never can tell when a man with a rope will need a pulley 🙂

Stefani June 17, 2009 at 9:14 am

well I do think he’s hero material… now if I can only get him to shower and clean his room. Creativity has it’s price you know 🙂

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