This is my latest project. I call it a hand-messenger bag hybrid.
I took my boyfriend to the fabric store with me the other day and he picked out these and I have to say, he has good taste! I love the way this came out, so clean and *I guess* pro-looking. I love it!
I didn't use a pattern, and I am in the process of making a larger one for my mom, so I would LOVE to post a tutorial, but only if someone is interested.
Full of stuff and with some support
Thanks so much!
Like I said, this one is for my mom, so I made is a little larger, added more detail to the inside pocket (she's a nurse and needs spaces for her pens) and made the strap slightly longer.
These are the dimensions that I used:
-Front/Back- 14" x 15"
-Sides- 4" x 15"
-Bottom- 4" x 14"
-Front Pocket- 14" x 11"
-Inside Pocket- 12" x 5 1/2"
-Flap- 13 1/2" x 11"
-Strap= 40" x 3 1/2"Step 1:
Cut out your interfacing *I do this first because I use my interfacing as a sort of template for my other pieces* and your fabricStep 2:
*Depending on what kind of interfacing you have* Iron on or sew interfacing to your fabric.
This is what you will need, once the interfacing is attached:Step 3:
Assemble your front pocket by sewing your two pieces, right sides facing ONLY ALONG THE TOP. Flip the fabric right side out and sew again along the top.
Steps 4 & 5:
Assemble your flap the same way, except, sew along three sides *the two sides and bottom*, flip right side out, then sew along the same three sides.
And your inside pocket the same, except sew along ALL sides, leaving a small hole to flip it right side out. Stitch up your little hole once you have flipped it.Step 6:
Pin your inside pocket into place in the center of your back lining piece.
Sew into place, then sew your lines for the individual pockets.Step 7:
Sew your outside pocket to your front outside piece, as shown.
Sew your flap to the OTHER outside piece but ONLY along the top.
Now you are ready to assemble your bag. Pin your sides, bottom, front and back and sew together. Repeat with your lining. MAKE SURE to leave a small hole in your lining to pull the bag through. *I always forget that part*Step 10:
Sew your strap, right sides facing.
Flip right side out and sew along the longest sides. At this point, it is ok if you have raw ends on the strap, you won't see them in the end.
Place your strap inside your outside fabric, like so:
Pin the strap in place, only so it doesn't fall in when you put the lining in. Put your lining inside the other piece, on top of the strap, make sure the right sides are facing.
Pin around the top, removing the pins from the strap as you go.
Sew around the top and pull lining out.
Now pull the ENTIRE bag through the small hole you left in the lining.
Stitch up the little hole you left, tuck the lining inside. Sew around the top, to keep the lining from flopping out.
AND YOU'RE FINISHED!