This little envelope purse has redeemed me from my inner critic calling me a "bad mom". On our recent trip to NYC, my 4 year old had a bad fall on the cement at a playground. We were a couple of blocks from our friends' apartment, where I had all of my supplies (first aid stuff). For what felt like an eternity, but was probably only a few seconds, I held her crying with her scraped elbow... pondering my options and kicking myself for not being more prepared. With my first child, I never left the house unless I packed every possible bit of gear we might need on our sojourn to the grocery store. As I saw my mothering history pass before my eyes, my former self ( young mom), came running over with wipes, Neosporin spray, band aids... you name it! I was forever grateful and swore to never leave home without a first aid kit again. To cut myself some slack... we do live in the country, and when we go to playgrounds, we drive. My vehicle is fully stocked... and now my purse is, too. Traditional first aid kits contain mostly items we never use. This one is filled with our natural remedies and latex-free band-aids. Both my daughter and I are allergic to latex, so this is key.
I am by no means a doctor or a naturopath, but these are some of the things you'll find inside:
res q ointment
tin filled with assorted band-aids
alcohol wipes for emergencies
natural anti-bacterial spray cleanser
The envelope purse is made out of linen and lined with thrifted ticking (an ode to candystripers) and closes with a red-checked linen button (echoes of the first aid "cross"). It was super quick to make and I really love it. So much so, that I'm planning on making some more and writing up a tutorial as I go along. I realized it was the perfect bag for a new sewer. I've heard there are quite a few of you that would enjoy some more simple sewing projects. Look for this soon!