We were allowed to make only ONE thing for the Awesome Swap...since my partner, sheepblue, needed a messenger bag for her school supplies, books, etc., I decided that would be my one project...
I rarely make these because they really are a lot of hard work--so many parts and pockets, zippers, etc.
I started by making a quilted panel that I wanted to use as an outside pocket for the bag. Sheepblue is an awesome artist and does these fantastic altered puzzles, so I tried to mimic her technique by edging the rectangles with black fabric paint and embellishing them with some embroidery, beads, felted flowers, etc. The fabrics themselves were art since they are from my Kaffe Fassett collection. I used heavy duty denim as a base since I knew it would get some pretty hard wear from the books and from tossing on the ground (hey--I was a student once! )...there is a water bottle holder that I lined with rip stop nylon on the side.
And here is the other side which I loved because it was her avatar and logo!
I put in a full zipper at the top because she did not want stuff to fall out...there is a zippered pocket and three other pockets inside. The shoulder strap is adjustable and padded for comfort...nothing like a full custom bag to meet a person's needs and wants!
It was a labor of love, but tons of fun to make for a special person!
(photos taken by sheepblue)
More pics can be seen at the swap