Travel Progeny

By 2g1c2 girls 1 cup

27 January

Our Rolling Bugs

G and his Rolling Bug

Decem­ber 2008 I took the kids up to NYC for a week.  Until this trip I had always packed a large rolling duf­fel for the whole fam­ily. Now, though,  Amer­i­can had begun charg­ing for checked bags and I felt like the kids were both big enough to han­dle their own bags.  G was only 2.5 then, just about 3′ tall so I knew I would have to choose wisely.    I always head to the store with a pretty defined idea of what I’m look­ing for.  In this case: 4 wheels, about 20″, durable, good pock­ets, adjustable han­dle, fun.  I couldn’t find what I was look­ing for, so I made it.  Okay, so I bought some­thing close and embell­ished it.  It turned out to be a really good project for my niece, A, and I who was then 10.

What we did:

The Sup­plies:

  1. I Bought 2 Sam­sonite Sahora, 20″ Suit­cases.  One Red, One Blue.  Any­thing in a solid color could work as long as it has pock­ets and attach­ments that you could work into a design.
  2. The biggest googlie eyes I could find, I think 1.5″ or 2″
  3. Felt squares. Stay away from col­ors that would show dirt.
  4. Cord­ing, or rib­bon.  about 3′ or 4′  You’re going to use this to cre­ate a pull that is attached to the side han­dle of your bag.
  5. Hot glue sticks for Fab­ric and Hot Glue Gun.  You can also use fab­ric glue  Note:  Some bags are made of nylon or other syn­thet­ics that melt.  If that is your bag plan accordingly.
  6. Sharp Scis­sors

The Steps:

Alexis and I decided that we would make the red one into a lady­bug for Ella Sophia and the blue one into a bee­tle for Grif­fin so we found pic­tures on the inter­net to work from.

Next, using our pic­tures and our imag­i­na­tion we cut felt out into the appro­pri­ate shapes and placed them onto the bags.  Once you’re happy with the place­ment glue the felt to the bag. Pay spe­cial atten­tion to the edges.  If there are any loose edges they might get caught on stuff.  The long, thin lines on the bee­tle have come loose and have had to be reglued.  The dots on the lady­bug have had no prob­lems.  Also, be care­ful when glu­ing on the googlie eyes if you use hot glue.  They are plas­tic and can melt fus­ing the google to the eye.

Finally, Iat­tach the cord­ing or rib­bon to the side han­dle.  I attached it to the metal rings that were vis­i­ble when the han­dle was extended so that the loop would not spin around. Also, make sure that the loop you cre­ate does not extend past the bot­tom of the bag when it is not being used.

The Rolling Bugs

Once the bag was done I made lug­gage tags with their pic­tures and my mobile num­ber and attached those as well.   I never put my children’s names on the out­side of any­thing where strangers could use that infor­ma­tion to pre­tend to be friends.

That’s it!  The kids love them because they are proud to pull their own bag and because of all of atten­tion it gets them at the air­port.  I love them because the kids man­age their own stuff.  I love them because they are gen­uinely easy enough to push or pull, even when fully packed, through the air­port or down the street.