Children’s Messenger Bag

One of the first bags I’ve ever sewn was this kid sized messenger bag.  The tutorial was very detailed and easy for a novice sewer to figure out and I was quite proud of my results. Below is my first attempt at the tutorial and is a present I gave to my god daughter.  I asked her what color she likes and she told me yellow so I used this mustard colored linen Japanese fabric for the outer flap and interior.  The instructions called for round stick on velcro tabs which were not good at all.  I’ve tried these velcro tabs twice and they just do not stick well.  I ended up hand sewing those tabs on to stabilize but they are still so flimsy and probably have already fallen off.

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I next tried to make the same bag for little e.  I used a navy blue canvas for her and she chose the Liberty fabric I picked up in London.  I love perusing the Liberty for London Haberdashery section on the fourth floor.  One side is all fabrics and notions while the other side is full of Rowan yarns.  I used to go just for picking up yarn for my mom who loves knitting, but now, I also spend hours in the fabric section, debating which print to purchase as they are quite expensive compared to the other fabric I typically purchase. Little e has expensive taste, I guess, pulling out my most prized fabric from the stash.

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This bag is actually the perfect size for a kid, I think.  It’s big enough to fit a hard covered book, some note pads and pens.  Little e carries this every Sunday to church and it fits her hard covered bible, some pens, and her little wallet.  I’m glad to see it getting good use.

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It has no pockets or zippers on the inside, though.  I haven’t yet attempted a more complicated bag because I’ve since then got caught up with making clothes for little e. However, I have so many ideas of bags that I want to make.  I wish that there were more time in the day!

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