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Castle Peeps Summer Camp!

July 29th, 2010

Dragon Slayer Satchel
Yaaaaay!  I’m a Camp Counselor at Lizzy’s Castle Peeps Summer Camp!  Me… a camp counselor.  Whodathunk.  I’m usually the one sent to the counselor for bad behavior.  My only camp experience ever was on our 5th grade 3-day trip at Camp Silver Spur in Tuolumne, CA.  And it was a blast.  My youngest son got to go on the same type of trip in the 4th & 5th grades… “Outdoor School” it’s called in Oregon.  One year he got to go to Outdoor School in Vernonia, OR… and one year it was a trip to multiple locations in Central Oregon (Bend, Sisters and Kahneeta).   Now I get to relive some of that fun (as a kid and as a parent), through Lizzy’s summer camp.
Dragon Slayer Satchel
Using Lizzy’s beautiful new line of Castle Peeps by Andover, I wanted to make something fun and useful.  Something that sang to my inner 5th grader, full of adventure and discovery.
And mischief.
My inner mom screamed not to get dirty. My inner quilter shouted to keep the beautiful fabric pristine. My inner recycling bin complained it was too full to hold one more milk jug.
Dragon Slayer Satchel
And then it all came together.  My Dragon Slayer Satchel will pull double duty as my berry picking tote.  I wanted to make my strap adjustable so I can wear the strap across my chest (half a cross-my-heart), so I used a 1″ Dritz Center Release Buckle on the strap.  I LOVE THAT BUCKLE.  So easy to attach, and so very inexpensive (I got mine for just over a $1 at Joann’s with my 40% off coupon). I only wish it came in assorted colors.  Having a buckle also allows for attaching the satchel to things like big honkin’ tree branches and [insert your favorite difficult to hang stuff on object here].
Dragon Slayer Satchel
I ramble… and here’s the link to the PDF pattern. Please respect my terms of use disclaimer at the bottom of my free pattern. Go forth and slay, and forage… and have fun.  And get a little dirty.

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54 Responses

  1. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Very, very cute…luckily I have both a Joanne’s coupon and lots of Castle Peeps! I’m thinking this might be just the ticket for a 2yr granddaughter to carry her nap quilt in to Nana’s!

  2. The fabulous Cara allegedly said:

    Thanks so much!! As soon as I find a milk jug I’m making this for Little Bit!

  3. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    Sigh so much green life there…..I love the bag!! I really am in love with that fabric, just so cool. Have fun at camp, write again soon!

  4. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Clever and adorable at the same time!

  5. The fabulous Jen in NY allegedly said:

    So, so cute, Monica. I love it! That fabric is fun for girls and boys, I’d say.

  6. The fabulous Mary Andra Holmes allegedly said:

    Love it, love it, love it. It is wonderful! One of the cutest one’s I have seen. Thank you for sharing.

  7. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    Wonderful creation Monica!

  8. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    That is just wonderful!! So creative, but it has to be you designed it!

  9. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    HOLY CRAP MY FRIEND. Your design and pdf couldn’t be cuter.

    Clearly you are so smart. xo

  10. The fabulous pat sloan allegedly said:

    how clever you are! i need to find me dragon…. and plait my hair into long pigtails… away we gooooooo!

  11. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    I love the adorable satchel. But don’t you dare get berry juice on that lovely fabric.

  12. The fabulous Nadine allegedly said:

    I would so go to camp if you were a counselor!! I remember “Outdoor School” (caught the floor of our cabin on fire!) I love the bag!!

  13. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Holy cow woman. You are seriously the QUEEN of all things CUTE!!

  14. The fabulous Leslie Schmidt allegedly said:

    Only you would put a tail on a satchel! That is just stinkin’ cute. And I love the scales, too. Now you just need a cape and a sword and you’re all set.

  15. The fabulous Terri Harlan allegedly said:

    Monica you kill me with your Humor.
    that bag SEW fits your personality, the young at heart with o twist of crazy fun.

    Go forth my friend and slay that dragon…. have a fun trip :)

  16. The fabulous Kersten allegedly said:

    LOVE the spine! Excellent bag for all those memorable adventures to be had.

  17. The fabulous Cherri House allegedly said:

    That is so adorable…it should be a requirement to have one to pick berries! Yay for you…so glad you are a camp counselor at Camp Castle Peeps. So glad my project of bean bags was early in the game, every week these projects just keep getting better.

  18. The fabulous Caroline allegedly said:

    Monica - this is so amazing - you are brilliant - this bag would be perfect for a little boy or girl - they just love dragons at that age. Of couse, berry pickin’ momma’s would like it to!

  19. The fabulous Stephanie allegedly said:

    So cute! Love the fabric, and love that dragon tail.

  20. The fabulous Julia allegedly said:

    Hi Monika!
    Woohoo, you outdid yourself with the DSS! …it’s so cool, I think I have to make one for me - now I only have to find a dragon… ;o).
    Hugs, Julia

  21. The fabulous Carmen allegedly said:

    OMG! I can’t believe how gorgeous this is you crazy talented woman! I still can’t sew, got sidetracked by paint (so I hope you don’t mind me stalking you under false pretences) but I’ll make up for it by twittering and FB’ing this post to all and sundry :D

  22. The fabulous Kasi allegedly said:


    PURE GENIUS!!!!!!!!! You’re a magician!
    Holed away in a deep dark cave someplace making MAGIC!!!!!

    Go Counselor Merlin!

  23. The fabulous kate spain allegedly said:

    OK, you had me at the name…and then i see the ziggin and zaggin dragon spine…but oh, the tail! The tail!! How do you do it? and when does the campfire start?? I’ll bring the marshmallows. xok

  24. The fabulous Diane allegedly said:

    Hope you have a great time at summer camp with your new Dragon Satchel!

    Please have a S’mores for me!

  25. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    I almost just wet myself with excitement. I leave for vacation tomorrow morning. Think I can make it by then? Probably not, as I don’t have *any* of the supplies!

  26. The fabulous simone allegedly said:

    You have such a great imagination, being able to create a bag like that! Congratulations (o:

  27. The fabulous wishes, true and kind allegedly said:

    Very inspired project! And I think kids sent to the counselor for bad behavior later make the best camp counselors! ;)

  28. The fabulous Lizzy allegedly said:

    love this and I love you!

  29. The fabulous Nikki allegedly said:

    Too cute!

    I just used a bit of this fabric yesterday to make pillow cases for charity!

  30. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    My grandson needs one of these for his
    b-day. This Nana better get crackin’! Thanks for the great pattern!

  31. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    You. Are. Brilliant. It’s fabulous!

  32. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    HOW CUTE !!!!! As reigning High and Exaulted Ruler “Quiet Fawn” from YMCA Day Camp at the Bungalow Pool in Tamaqua I give this my stamp of approval !!!! Now I’m gonna go get my sit upon and head to the campfire to sing “Oonie Koonie Ki I OOnie” ……..

  33. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Fantastic! My girls are invited to a birthday party for twins turning 11 who love all things dragon and fantasy. Now I know what they’re getting. Thanks.

  34. The fabulous aztel2000 allegedly said:


    Karen in Breezy Point

  35. The fabulous sewkatiedid allegedly said:

    Super cute. I love the line and Roan needs new pjs…

  36. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Oh MONICA!!! I had already purchased Castle Peeps for the quilt and NOW I’m gonna have to go back and BUY MORE to make this fantastic satchel!!! Oh well…


  37. The fabulous Apryl allegedly said:

    fantastic.. I love it.. nto sure my skills are quite up to it just yet but I will save it for when I’m feeling more adventurous in sewing. :o)

  38. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    How incredibly darling. It looks like a castle!!! You’re so amazing. Super darling bag.

  39. The fabulous Cathy A allegedly said:

    I love it! And it’s good for boys, too! I shared a link to your blog on my facebook page. Thanks for the wonderful pattern!

  40. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    I know I’m late here…sigh…I don’t know how you do it. Seriously. A-MA-ZING.
    Can’t wait to see what you do with some roses ;)

  41. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Super cute! Congrats on your camp counselor status. Now go out there and slay some bad-a** dragons!

  42. The fabulous Lori Holt allegedly said:

    All Hail to camp counselor Monica!
    You are such a clever girl….I love it, tail and all.
    If we were camping together I just know you woud sit around the fire and sing
    KOOM-BYE-AH with me:)
    Another fabulous project from a fabulous girl.

  43. The fabulous Lori Holt allegedly said:

    whoops…i meant to sign,
    Love, soLORIo

  44. The fabulous Mama Spark allegedly said:

    Too adorable! Thanks for the pattern!!!

  45. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    VERY clever bag Monica! It has so much character (love that tail) and is sooo practical! Thanks for sharing!

  46. The fabulous Jodie allegedly said:

    What a great bag!!! I love the fabric and what an awesome design…

    Thanks for popping by and talking the time to leave a comment on my circle-y granny post…

    Your blog is gorgeous, it has such an up-beat, fresh feel to it!!

    Cheers - Jodie :)

  47. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Oh gosh, look how long it’s been since I’ve been on the internets….I’ve missed you! Damn you busy summer!! I love your berry picking tote you genius you. I’ve been eyeballing this ADORABLE fabric and you’ve totally captured the whimsy in super zombie style! Hope we can get together soon my b.o.! xoxo

  48. The fabulous Valori allegedly said:

    Ok…I love your blog….I have been visiting so many lately I can’t seem to keep track of who is who. That sounds bad! Anyway, since you left a comment on my blog I thought I would see yours and it reminded me how much I LOVE YOUR blog….you are now in my bookmark….thanks for your inspiring work and words!

  49. The fabulous Jean allegedly said:

    Silver Spur is alive and well. I’ve been to a number of church retreats there. Our quilt group has a retreat there every February. They bought a house down the road and turned it into a retreat lodge. Great place. Love the patterns!

  50. The fabulous Kimara allegedly said:

    Well, isn’t this just too darn cute? I love everything about it… and the fabric… incredible! I’ll be linking on Facebook. Thanks for sharing.

  51. The fabulous Kristin J allegedly said:

    OMG, too cute. please let’s have a grown up girls summer camp and make arts n crafts by day, then pig out on cheese and crackers, s’mores and mojitos and junk at night, then read trashy novels (but just the trashiest parts) out loud to each other in cabins and laugh till we almost p.

  52. The fabulous Nan allegedly said:

    This is so cute! I found your site on WWC and I adore it!

  53. The fabulous Vanessa allegedly said:

    I love this bag! I have a little dragon slayer who would LOVE this for Christmas!
    Just stopping over from your feature on Today’s Creative Blog….and I think I’ll stay!

  54. The fabulous angie allegedly said:

    Once again, so creative, thats adorable!!! cute cute Monica!

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