I’m posting Wednesday’s entry a bit early because I’m so excited to share my new messenger bag. I am very happy to report that my High Street Messenger bag is finally complete!
It took a bit more time than what I had expected it to, but the final product was well worth it! Amy Butler’s previous messenger bag (now out of print) was floppy in comparison, had very few pockets, and was a little on the small side. However, this bag was so well thought out. It has pockets galore (and even some with zippers to keep items from falling out), is sturdy (even with cotton fabric and canvas it still holds it’s shape well), and is large enough that a 14″ laptop can fit inside. I can see that this bag is going to hold up for years to come! So let’s take a better look at this bag:
The back of the bag has a large zippered compartment:
When the bag is opened, the inside flap has another zippered compartment while the outside has a pleated pocket (the pleats are difficult to see because of fabric print):
The inside of the bag has a zippered, hanging tool pocket so that everything has a place – even your pens!
I imagine that when I make this again that it will sew up considerably faster. However, if you’re planning on making this bag as a gift, don’t start it the night before – you’ll never get it finished on time! I do see this a great graduation gift and plan on using it when my sister-in-law finishes up college this spring (but in more subdued fabric). You can read my writeup of this pattern on Pattern Review here.