Didn’t We All Want to Be Nancy Drew? *updated*

July 25th

I know I did. So did Amanda. We both have nearly the entire old school set of Nancy Drew novels, thanks to our mothers, and our love of used bookstores. I spent more than one summer afternoon curled up with a Carolyn Keene classic.
Amanda’s birthday was last week. I was stumped on a good gift — but when I saw a little Nancy Drew notepad when vacationing in San Francisco, a sleuth-y idea came to mind.

Nancy drew pouch, front

A colorful pouch featuring book jackets from a few of our faves.

nancy drew pouch, back
Nancy Drew pouch

Once she added a chocolate bar, a gift certificate and a few other goodies to the pouch, the mystery of the birthday gift was solved. Voila!


*I guess we really all do want to be Nancy Drew! I love the comments and email. Thank you! To transfer images (from the web, or digital photographs) to fabric, I buy transfer sheets at Wal-Mart. They cost about $6 for 4 sheets and are found in the craft department. (No Sherlock Holmes work there.) Then I arrange my images in publisher and send one of the sheets through my laser printer. I let it dry for about an hour before crafting with it. It is simple canvas fabric — nonfusible. Then I cut out my image and carefully sew around each edge. If you want to turn these edges under, leave yourself some room when cutting. Viola! The mystery of the transfered images is solved!*

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16 Responses

  1. Brilliant! This is super cool.

  2. great idea. very cute! and unique!

  3. How did you transfer the images onto fabric?

  4. Very nice. What is the process?
    I love your label.

  5. Cute cute! I was more of a Sweet Valley High girl, myself, although I did read “The Secret of the Old Clock”. You’re so thoughtful!

  6. Oh my gosh…I LOVE it!! That is so cute. I adored Nancy Drew when I was a kid. I read every single book and I’m trying to collect them all again (the old editions). The nights I spent with a flashlight under my covers…

  7. You’re so clever! Oh, I miss the excitment of a digging into a new Nancy Drew mystery!!

  8. rohankitter July 25, 2006

    I love it!! How did you do that??!!

  9. Aha. The Case of the Unknown Process for Placing ND Covers on Pouches begins. Who will solve this mystery? where are my pals, Bess and George? And will my trusty (what IS the maid’s name?) _____ fill my knapsack with nutritious snacks so i won’t experience empty-stomache interruptus while i’m on the prowl?

    this is wonderful. sigh. can i use the word clever? it’s already been done. okay, so your creativity is REMARKABLE! i’m so envious.

  10. This is a great project! Very cute & clever. 🙂

  11. incredible… I LOVE IT. (I was a nancy drew fan as a child, too.)

  12. This is a fantastic idea! I’ve done it with other things, but the book cover idea is genius! And on a little bag…sweet! Also, where did you get the cute labels? I’ve been looking around but I haven’t found anything I love.

    Stay cool and safe down there! And watch out for chlorine hair!

  13. Well I feel totally like the cool kid for being the one who actually gets to keep this super fun gift! Thanks again Kel. (although it looks like I could put it up for auction to your readers and make a ton of dough off it! it really was a brilliant idea. THANK YOU!) love you! A

  14. Sarah HB July 26, 2006

    You have a laser color printer?????

    I am envious.

  15. I think this is about the coolest idea I’ve seen in a long time. Great job! I love it!

  16. How flippin’ cool is that?! I love personalized gifts like that. Great idea! I may have to steal it 🙂