I just finished this messenger bag. ~Whew~ I make tote bags for sale on eBay but this is my first attempt at a messenger bag. I used coordinating Amy Butler fabrics. I machine quilted the strips. The front and back is the same. I also added some vintage aqua and brown chenille. The brown chenille was hand dyed by me. The bag has a decorative mother of pearl button. At first, I made the flap too short. It was a pain to unstitch the top part of the bag...I became too familiar with that darn seam ripper!! Overall I think it came out so/so. I don't like the flap, I think it leaves a gap between straps. I'm not sure what I did wrong. I'll be more careful next time. My 12 year-old daughter wants a smaller one for back-to-school she may have to wait a bit!!
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