The fact is that I value my sketchbooks and pens over carrying anything else. I wanted a messenger bag that would suit those needs and accommodate a good range of sizes for sketchbooks. Where I wouldn't have 25 different pens and pencils floating around in the nether regions of my bag.
*warning* I am not a seamstress of bags. Period. This took me a good 7 hours from pattern to finish. I forgot to sew in the sides and the inside front panel... so that was done after most of it was done and even then... I don't know what i was doing seriously. I'm just happy and more than a little shocked that I made something useable. (Though after that Seven hours I would of still used it even if I'd accidentally sewed a few tampons to the outside of it)
Commence with the evidence:
Open her up
Peek inside, notice the nice finish.. (haha) There is however a divider to separate sketchbook de jour from other stuff (small pocket and elastic for securing of some pens/pencils in there too)
Here is that front inside panel I had to hand sew as an afterthought, or as an OOOPS there is a part left! I can fit a small sketchbook in there too and it stays nicely. Pens/Pencils, erasers etc can fit in those loops... though I want to sew more size loops. This area can use much refining, but I liked the idea.
The handles etc are all "recycled" from other bags etc. I wish I was a better seamstress like my mother or many of you, but this works for me. I may be sending my ideas to my mom and seeing what she can do with it. Really like the idea of a messenger back tailored to the needs of the user. Which reminds me that I forgot the most important feature... Chapstick holders!! I think I'll make a little baggie that hooks to that clip just for my various chapsticks (weakness).
thanks for looking and I'd be so gracious to have anyone give me some pointers, tips, and ideas... Because if I make another one of these it definitely needs to be done differently as far as process goes!
(I haven't tried a zipper yet, thats on my list and I know everyone is worried (not) but the sewing machine did survive... that little trooper!)