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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Messenger Bag Done

I am pretty excited - I finished up my messenger bag today.  I got the pattern at Pretty By Hand.  The directions were very clear and easy to follow - lots of pictures, which helps a lot!  I added a pocket with a zipper to the inside - and I used the quilt as you go panel directions found here.  They didn't differ too much from the way the bag pattern was written, but since I had a lot of canvas and not much fusible interfacing, I used the method that uses canvas.  Anyhow, here is the finished bag:
Front view:
And here's the back:

I had some old vintage embroideries that I added.  These pieces all had stains, so I actually soaked them in coffee to make them darker, and then cut them apart to use on the bag.  I was able to work around the stains.  I used raw-edge applique for the pieces on the front, and just basically sewed them down with a straight stitch.  I am hoping the edges will fray a big.
On the back, I stitched along the lace, so there shouldn't be any fraying going on with this side! 
I apologize for the poor pictures - so hard for me to get a decent picture this time of year!
Anyhow, this is a great pattern.  I will definitely be making this again.  I think next time, I will make the shoulder strap adjustable - the pattern doesn't give directions for that, but I have other patterns that do.


Sharon said...

Wow, what a cute messenger bag! I love your use of the vintage textiles! Cute AND practical! Thanks for the links, esp. the one for the quilted panels.

joe tulips said...

This is so wonderful. You do the most awesome stuff.

Glinda ♥ said...

It's wonderful, Karen - zipper, pockets, coffee staining ... there won't be another like it! Clever lady :)

Browndirtcottage said...

You are just too creative! I bet you have people on your travels eyeing and commenting on it.