I'm a student teacher, so when I'm not carting around students' work it's folders and notebooks galore. I teach English as a Second Language so I often take random stuff to lessons for inspire conversation (cooking equipment/legobricks/small furry friends). I had a satchel for two months but it just fell apart due to the daily weight of my stuff - time to make one I thought, and properly reinforce it!!
First, three things you should know:
1. I've never made a bag before (or finished a crafting project)
2. I got excluded from textiles classes in secondary school because I argued with my tutor and so...
3. My sewing knowledge (and common sense levels) are almost nil!
So with that impressive C.V stitching a bag should be no problem, right?? I am always so inspired by what I see on Craftster (and usually too scared to post - everything here's so good!) Anyway I took a look at a tutorial for a basic satchel (do you guys call them messenger bags?) and scaled it so that it would fit A4 folders and other bits and pieces. I found a beautiful idea for the bag front from a blog called montessoribyhand and adapted everything together to fit. This is the result of my first DIY pattern, I hope you like it cos I'm in love with my creation!
The finished product:
To give you an idea of the strap length:
Inside, a little birdie pocket:
Full of all my 'teacher items' - it's roomy! :
It has a good sized back pocket too, but my camera batteries died before I could snap that sorry!
I enjoyed making this so much that I'm going to have a go at another bag (plus I now own a sewing machine, the best impulse buy ever ) so please give any comments or suggestions (good/bad!)
Thanks and happy crafting