Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Another Messenger Bag

My sister asked me recently to sew a new messenger bag for her for work. She takes the subway to work and always has a number of extra things to tote along. She needed a new hands-free bag.


She chose the fabric and had it shipped to me. Because she didn't want the bag to show dirt, she choose Alexander Heath in Gray for the exterior. This fabric is not what we expected. It is not gray. When it arrived I thought they had shipped the wrong fabric, but after some research realized that other shops listed this fabric as gray/taupe or gray/natural rather than just gray. It's very much natural/taupe/tan. Gray would never come to mind when looking at this fabric. The unfortunate reality of shopping online is that some things don't arrive as expected. It was still usable, just not exactly what she was hoping for. The quality is excellent and will hopefully hold up well over time.

I used my messenger bag tutorial. I messed up a couple things because I didn't follow my own directions. It's funny how you seem to make more mistakes when you're sure you know what you are doing. Luckily they were all fixable.

I changed up the key fob for this one, making the strap longer and skinnier so the keys rest on the bottom of the purse rather than pulling on the back of the bag. My sister reports this works great for her as she doesn't even have to take them off the key fob to open the door. She also slips her metro pass into one of the front pockets and doesn't have to remove it to get through the turnstile. She simply puts her bag in front of the scanner, and she is able to pass right though. It makes me happy that the bag turned out to have added benefits for her that I didn't even think about.

I'm in the process of making myself a new version of this bag as well. It is still my favorite bag pattern, although I plan to make even more improvements in my next one.

9 comments:

  1. Nice bag! Happily, I no longer commute but I can really appreciate the features that your sister likes ... handy keys and no groping around for the metro pass.

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  2. I love this bag but I know what you mean about colour, grey and beige/taupe often look the same online.

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  3. This is lovely! I love the pop of color inside the bag!

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  4. This looks great and I love the pop of color inside the bag. Professional looking yet fun!

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  5. Funnily enough I thought she'd chosen the perfect colour to hide the dirt, until I read it wasn't what she expected! It looks great though :o)

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  6. I like the hot pink trim on the outside pockets. It's a nice accent, without being distracting or overwhelming. Even though it's not what she expected, I think it still looks really nice.

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  7. I thought the color would be perfect for dirt-camouflage as well! It looks great, even if it isn't gray. I love the lining fabric. Nice job, Kati!

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  8. Gorgeous! So beautifully made.

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  9. Beautiful! I have fabric cut out to make this but need more hardware. I was having a hard time finding everything when we were in the US, now that we are overseas I haven't even bothered to look. I am thinking of sending my Mom to JoAnn's with a picture and she can mail stuff to me. LOL

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