After I made the parts of the bag (exterior, interior, pockets and straps), but before I sewed it all together, I peeled off the backing (and printout) and ironed the applique to the contrast panel.
I'm not at all girly (pink is not a favorite color), but I do love the juxtaposition of the zombie on the very girly tote.
All of the swap items were sorted (by category) into plastic zip-lock bags and placed in the tote, which fit perfectly into a "medium" flat rate Priority box.
I found an aged index card graphic and added various bloody smears and splatters (5 or 6 different styles) and made one card per category. Most of the items could be used for any purpose but could also be used in a real emergency kit (power outages, etc.), so I explained what was in each set and what else in that category could be added to a real emergency kit.
Because this swap is for knitters & crocheters, we know these crafts to be highly portable, helpful for relaxation and they yield a usable item when the work is done (hat, etc.), so yarn was a necessity.
- He’s Dead, But He Won’t Lie Down (Gracie Fields, 1938)
- RE: Your Brains (Jonathan Coulton)
- Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
- The Gonk (Herbert Chappell, Dawn of the Dead, 1978)
- Zombie Me (No More Kings)
- Zombies Ate Her Brains (The Creepshow)
- Return of the Loving Dead (Necromant
- Walk Like a Zombie (Horrorpop
- Early Sunsets Over Monroevill
e (My Chemical Romance)
- Thriller (Michael Jackson)
- Here's a Litte Something For Ya (Beastie Boys) (not-zombie themed, but it mentions a shawl, and again - this is for a knitter or crocheter)
One of the reminders on the card was to remember to pack all your meds, so I got a pill box and put a few stitchmarkers in each slot.
- Apocalypse Chow: How to Eat Well When the Power Goes Out - I have this book and thought it would be a fun addition.
- P38 Can Opener with directions
- Various treats - candy, trail mix, jerky & chocolate milk straws (I really wanted to include chocolate, but it will melt in transit).
- Finally, I put together some directions for making a stove out of tin cans, cardboard and wax.