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
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.
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
Strap hardware & key fob
Have a great weekend!