Friday, March 1, 2013

My New Messenger Bag

Two years ago I made this bag:

It was a great bag for a while. I made up the design myself, which is good and bad. I made mistakes on this one. One of my worst mistakes was using light-colored quilting weight fabric rather than home dec. The bag wore out quickly. After just one washing it lost a lot of its body and just slumped after that. It lasted about a year and then went on the top shelf of the closet. I held onto to it for that day when I wanted to duplicate it, since overall I really liked the design.

Fast forward a couple years. I wanted a new bag. I have been purse shopping multiple times recently. I found a few purses around $350 that I liked, but have no desire to pay that much money for a purse. Nothing in my cheap price range fit my needs or my personality. Seriously, why is it so hard to find a purse with pockets? I finally decided to remake the old messenger bag. I love having a cross-body bag when I'm out with the kids. I don't have to worry about hanging onto it while chasing watching them. I bought some Joel Dewberry Notting Hill home decor fabric and dived in. I did lots of things better on this one. There is still more I could improve on for the design. There are a few very thick seams that my machine absolutely hated. I'll think about fixing that problem when I redo this bag again in another two years....


Back:
There are pockets all the way around the bag body. I love these back pockets for individually wrapped hand sanitizing wipes. It's easy access when I need them for the kiddos.

Front, under the flap:

I kept the zipper pouch divider, but did it a little different this time. I like that part a lot.


 
All loaded up. I found four pens in my other purse while transferring my stuff. Last time I needed one I couldn't even find one in there. I should probably clean out my purse more often.

There is still plenty of room for a couple water bottles and snacks when we head to the zoo if the darn weather ever warms up around here.
I think I'll really like it!

Finished dimension: 12 1/2" wide, 4 1/2" deep, 10 1/2" tall

I do have a tutorial in the works. I've had multiple requests for a tutorial for the last messenger bag (which I never got around to doing). If you want to sew along, I'll be posting the tutorial as a series of entries in a few weeks. I'd guess this to be about a 6-8 hour project. (It took me around eight hours, but that included taking pictures and writing notes). It's not a starter bag, but it's not the Weekender either. This is a very sturdy bag. I wouldn't recommend doing this bag unless you have a walking foot. Some of the seams are just too thick for a standard sewing foot. While I'll post a full supply list in about a week, I thought I'd give a quick rundown of what I used in this bag. I'll give more detailed info in the official supply list.

1/2 yard neutral cotton duck fabric
1 yard Notting Hill Tartan print
1 yard Notting Hill Primrose print
1/2 yard Notting Hill Pristine Poppy print
1 yard mid-weight fusible interfacing
Piping
Magnetic snap
Strap hardware & key fob
2 zippers

Have a great weekend!

27 comments:

  1. What a fabulous bag! My first messenger bag is slouchy and has no form, too - what a bummer. I think I'll sew along with you and make another! Where do you find your strap hardware?

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  2. This is an awesome bag! I love the design and the fabric is so fun!

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  3. Seriously! Purses/bags are so crazy-expensive these days, aren't they? This is a wonderful messenger bag - really looking forward to your tutorial on it. Thank you so much for going to the work to share with us all.

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  4. WOW! Love, love, love your bag! I can't decide if it's the many pockets I love best or that amazing fabric! Probably a combination :)

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  5. You've made a great bag, and I love the fabric choices! It would be perfect for a diaper bag too. I love the zip in the centre divider, good use for otherwise wasted space. I'll look forward to your tutorial.

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  6. Amazing bag. I love that fabric, I must look into buying some. I do like that central zipper pocket divider. I will look forward to seeing how you did that, so I can incorporate it into my next messenger bag. I have to say that one I have doesn't seem to be showing any signs of wear at all, probably because I used denim, fusible interface AND fusible fleece. It is so damn tough it could take on the Terminator!

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  7. This looks great, Kati! My last messenger bag met its untimely demise on an airplane when it met the large drink of the person in front of me. Maybe I'll get brave and sew along with you!

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  8. Looking forward to sewing it! Thanks;)

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  9. Wow, this one is SO much better than any one you could have bought- in my opinion! Enjoy!

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  10. This is fantastic, Kati! Looking forward to your tutorial.

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  11. What a great bag! I love the zipper pouch in the middle.

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  12. Oh I so need a new bag. This one looks awesome. Can't wait for the tutorial!!!

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  13. i love this so much.
    i can't wait for the sew along and/or tutorial. exciting.

    thanks!

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  14. Yay! I bought a fat quarter bundle and some extras to make a QAYG Weekender of the orange Notting Hill. I will try yours first and have cute matching bags :)

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  15. Looks great! I love how you can customize your handbags to fit your own needs when you them yourself :o)

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  16. What a great bag! Looking forward to the tutorial so I can give it a try.

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  17. What a great bag! Looking forward to the tutorial so I can give it a try.

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  18. great looking bag! I'll keep an eye out for the tutorial...I need a more casual bag to carry my camera in, so perhaps I'll pad it as I go.
    I love that we all compare everything to the difficulty of THE WEEKENDER (caps are deliberate, it screams 'daunting')

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  19. Beautiful bag, Kati! Looks really great! I like the zipper section to separate the bag in two and all the pockets are important! x Teje

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  20. I just found your blog and love, love, love your bag! So looking forward to the tutorial. How can I follow you?

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  21. Gorgeous Kati! I love all the pockets! You are so kind to offer such an awesome pattern as a tutorial. I don't think people understand the time it takes to make a tute!

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  22. Your fabric choices are just stunning! I especially liked the part where you said "this is not a weekender." Been there, done that. I would love to try this one!

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  23. Woo hoo! Thanks for sharing! Excited to make one; will definitely check back. Yours looks great!

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