Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Sewing Messenger Bags
I'd been obsessed with making messenger bags this past week. Well, I should say I was more obsessed with trying to figure out the best way to do it than the actual bags themselves.
Based on the following must haves for me, I drafted the pattern and made the design.
1. Not too many compartments. I hate bags with lots of compartments. I'm too unorganized that I'd spend forever looking into different pockets for things.
2. But, separate pockets for the 3 things I use the most, phone, keys, and wallet.
3. Absolutely a zipper at the top that closes up the bag so I can just throw things into the bag.
So I designed a big pocket at the front that can be easily accessed under the top flap. A line is sewn down the middle to divide it into one pocket for keys, one pocket for phone. The bag itself has a zipper at top, and an inner pocket for wallet. Rather than rectangular looking bags, I also decided I wanted more rounded corner ones
The first bag was made with yellow canvas material. I was happy, but when I was top stitching the zippers I realized another way to streamline the steps. To prove me theory would work, I made the Chevron bright color one. Because it took me some thinking during the making process, it didn't go super fast like I thought I would. I then went on to make the third one with patterned upholstery fabric which came about smoothly with the patterns and steps finalized.
I love my bags. My favorite one is probably the zigzag bright colors one because I just love the fabric pattern. I totally did't need these many bags, but I simply couldn't stop making them.