Hello and happy Wednesday! I finished my quilted messenger bag, and I absolutely love it! It was so much fun getting to the end of the pattern and seeing how it was all going to go together. Annie is one amazing designer!
here). The bag front flap has a zipper pocket and stays closed with swivel hooks at the bottom. I love the matching zipper pull, too! And the padded handle at the top has been extra handy as well.
The back has a slip pocket that is nice and roomy; there is also a detachable carrying strap with a shoulder pad.
In the photo above you can get a better look at the swivel hook closure…just love it. There was actually one feature I didn’t add to my bag–an optional pen holder you can add in to the back side of the front flap. I figured I could just as easily keep pens in the front zipper pocket so didn’t add that option.
I love the zipper flap inside…such a great idea to keep everything in its place! A Annie’s zippers are the best…they are a little wider than most zippers so are easy to sew without having to use a zipper foot.
Towards the back of the messenger bag there is a padded divider that will stay closed with a Velcro strap. This is terrific for keeping things separated and easy to find.
The front of the bag also has a mesh pocket on the inside. I sewed divider lines which are optional (you can leave it as one big pocket or make it into smaller ones as I did).
The padded shoulder strap is a bonus–and it’s completely adjustable, too!
I really loved making this bag. It’s such a nice size (I made the smaller size, but there is a bigger size that will work for carrying lap top computers as well). Annie’s instructions are well written. I have sewed a lot of her patterns, but I really do feel anyone could could make this in a classroom setting, and intermediate sewists familiar with bag making will also be able to easily stitch this up. It does take some time to get it all together (so plan for that)…I was glad I had everything cut out and ready to go before I began.
Okay…on to the final project before market (it’s a fun gift item you are going to want to make for gifts this Christmas)…thanks so much for stopping by!