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  1. Meet the Team

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    The PlayBag Company is a small family run business in Northamptonshire. Here is a short biog of the main team players.

    Debbie

    That’s me! I am the owner and driving force behind the company, and handle the designing, making and selling side of things. I love the whole creative process from coming up with the ideas, drawing up designs, creating patterns, sourcing the best fabrics to finally putting together the final products.

    When I’m not busy creating PlayBags, I can usually be found indulging in one of my other passions: either woodcarving in my shed at the bottom of the garden, or watching Bollywood films.(On the odd occasion I find any spare time in between all the other wife and mother duties of course!). I have also been known to throw the odd baton twirling costume together…!

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    Caitlin

    My fourteen year old daughter and right hand woman! She is also my sounding board for any new ideas, proof-reader, photographer and she sometimes consents to being my model! Caitlin is also a fresh pair of eyes when it comes to quality checking – and trust me! She has an eye for detail and will pick up on any missed stitch!

    When she is not helping me with The PlayBag Company, or working her way through her massive load of homework, she is passionate about baton twirling and trains sometimes six or seven times a week, so we can often be found around sports halls. Hence one of the main reasons for creating the PlayBags in the first place!

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    Peter

    The inspiration behind the company and chief tester! He is always giving me new ideas for PlayBag and features. He is also very happy to test them out for me and make sure that they are robust enough to handle the rough playing of a four year old boy! Also The PlayBag Company’s top model.

    When he is not busy testing PlayBags he is mad about tractors and basically anything with wheels. He also loves going to steam rallies, and generally anything that involves getting outside and muddy!

     

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    Bye for now!

    Debbie

  2. The PlayBag Story

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    Hi, and welcome to the first PlayBlog! I thought it appropriate to introduce ourselves with the story of how the PlayBag came into existence!

    There are many reasons for the creation of the first PlayBag. The reason I usually use is that three years after my son, Peter was born, I decided it was about time to visit the hairdressers! I did not have anyone who could look after him for the hour or so needed, so had no choice but to take him with me. The night before, as I was putting him to bed, I was busy thinking over what I could take to keep him occupied, knowing that he would not just happily sit and colour in being the energetic young boy that he is! By the time I got downstairs, I had formulated a plan in my head of a bag which converted into a play mat. It would carry all his toys, be something to play with, and be compact and easy to tidy up afterwards. It had a road, stream with an island and, a helipad. That evening, I gathered scraps of fabric, and some old curtains, and threw together the first PlayBag. It was such a hit with him, and other children who passed through, although I never thought about making them commercially at this point.

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    Peter with the very first PlayBag!