Saturday, May 17, 2014

His: Saturday Snapshots - Messenger Bag

Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.

A couple of months ago Amanda asked me if I could make her a messenger bag. Many of the ones she had seen in stores were not the right dimensions so making a custom one sounded like the best option. I thought it would take a few hours but it ended up taking a lot longer. I had never made a bag before, and I didn't use a pattern since I could not find a suitable pattern. After many hours I finished the bag on Wednesday evening and is the topic for this week's Saturday Snapshots.

 Amanda chose the fabric for the bag. The blue is for the interior and the outside is brown with a light blue print. Above is one of the pockets that went into the interior of the bag.

I padded the strap so it would be more comfortable to wear. I used some extra quilting batting that I had, and it was perfect for this project.

To give the bag some stability and so it would stand up on its own I lined it with iron-on fusing. I learned that I should have done this before I sewed all of this pieces together as trying to do it when the outside of the bag was all together was pretty tricky.

The interior of the bag has 7 pockets including one that has a zipper. The ones at the end are just the right size for your cell phone.

The completed bag with the flap open. It is able to hold a lot of stuff and is perfect for Amanda's field trip and as her carry on bag for when we fly.

The completed bag with the flap closed.

The bag took many hours to finish but it has all of the features, and is the exact size that Amanda wanted. It may be a while before I attempt another one but I am happy that I was able to create something this detailed just a few months after I started sewing. What is your favourite craft project that you have made?


  1. Impressive! I would love to be able to do something like that! I am handy with Vinyl lettering but thats about it ;)

  2. What an amazing bag! I want one...LOL!

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. Great bag! Amanda is one lucky lady!

  4. That's a terrific looking bag, and so functional. Thank you for sharing the steps. You should be proud of yourself for creating such a polished finished product, especially as a beginner seamstress without a pattern to follow. Good job!

  5. Amazing... just a few months after you took up sewing. This is beautiful and looks so practical with seven pockets. Thanks for sharing your creation! ;)

  6. You did so good. That bag looks awesome!!

    Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!!

  7. Very craftsy! I like that you show us the steps to this creation.

  8. Very nice! Sometimes you just have to design it yourself to get what you want.

  9. What a great project. I am impressed. Love the fabrics, and it looks tricky with all those extra pockets.

  10. A labor of love! Looks great and a lot of hard work to make!


  11. What fantastic job you made of it- it looks great- custom made and designed!

  12. Cool! I am thinking about designing a bag that has compartmentalized insert for my camera, a guide book, and my small travel wallet. When we travel, it seems I am the one stuck carrying the maps, guides, etc and jumbling things all together in one bag is a hassle. You've inspired me!


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