Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Security Pouch

So last week when I received my invitation from the White House, the invitation clearly stated that purses were not allowed. Panic set in. What woman can be out and about without a bag of some sort?? (Still cameras were allowed, but I was afraid to even take my camera bag.)

I came up with a solution: a clear vinyl bag with all of my contents visible. It would be like a glorified sandwich baggie.

I sewed a vinyl zippered pouch using my walking foot and the vintage bias tape with black loopy loops trim.


And then I got an email from the Army stating we could take purses ...

Just in case, I filled my zippered pouch with everything I would need (cell phone, Lip Shimmer, a tissue pouch and vintage hanky, and some cash that my FIL insisted I would need as he handed me some) and stuck it in a small brown purse. I decided ahead of time that, if needed, I would ditch the brown purse at the security checkpoint. (I didn't need to do that, by the way.) And you know what? It made passing through security a breeze. The man took out the bag, looked at it, put it back in and let me pass through the metal detectors.

(And it turns out I did need money. At the end of the White House tour as we were leaving, I needed a drink of water and bought a $2 bottle of water from a snack vendor.)

12 comments:

Katie Jean said...

well that is a good idea! Those would be good for flying too!

Emily said...

Your FIL had experienced the WH tour!

What a smart idea - that plastic pouch!

nikko said...

Very cute. I love the black loopy trim.

How in the world did you make your corners (the upper ones where the zipper ends are) so nice and square? I've got to practice this zippered pouch thing. My last one turned out fine, but those corners were all rounded and wonky.

Karyn said...

Yet ANOTHER great idea Lera!

I love it!

Little Munchkins said...

Great idea. Wish I had thought of it when we went overseas last year. Must remember this for next time.

jessi said...

ingenious! No one can say that you aren't creative.

Gail :) said...

I love the black loopies. The pouch takes me back to my window dressing retail days. I wasn't allowed to bring a purse into the stores? Crazy! But they allowed the clear bags. I never thought of using them through security check points GREAT idea!

laeroport said...

You are too smart.

Stacey said...

Brilliant idea....as always! :) I loved your story about the White House. What a moment :)

hooli said...

That's delightful. I'm wondering... where do you get that vinyl?

Melanie said...

Hia -lovely idea. My children have basic bought ones for exam times. Just caught up on your week. Love the new dress- she shape really suits you. It must be odd adjusting back to being "just you" after 12 years of sharing your body with your children. Such a change.

Glad the White House was enjoyable. Love your finds too.

amandajean said...

sewing on vinyl with a walking foot is a great idea. I'll have to try that next time!