After my Octobag, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=264300.0
, I realised "yes, it's pretty and practical, but I use my messenger bag more, so why didn't I make one of those?". ...So I did. My local market has yet more amazing material in, and I found this brown and red lobster print (I'm a bit of a sea creature freak).
I used the tutorial on the same webpage as my octopus bag's, Heart of Mary's blog. The tutorials are very clear and detailed, although there was a slight error in the first few steps of the messenger bag that led to me unpicking and resewing twice before I realised it! I adapted the pattern slightly, making the bag wider, using a different strap, and making all of the outside patterned. Oh, and I am NEVER putting an inside zippered pocket in a bag again. That caused me far too much stress, especially as my zipper foot decided to hide until after
On to the pictures!
The bag being modelled by my door (again):
The strap was actually an adjustable holding strap type thing my dad was using to keep some bookcases together while we redecorate, and he thought it'd work as a strap for by bag. The metal rings and magnetic snap were poached from an old hangbag I didn't use anymore.
The front with the flap back to show the pockets:
(That's a hoodie underneath. My bedcovers are nowhere near as amazing)
...Yeah, not that exciting. My desk, after a couple of days of crafting. It's really too small for a sewing machine or to cut anything big out on! The rice is for stuffing chickens, and the things under the desk are waste paper bins...
And the Peg Bag of Awesome I made for my Gran. I ripped open two plastic wallets to use as a waterproof lining. Material, once again, courtesy of Leeds Market
The poster in the background is a Discworld Map.
...And I am a donkey and just realised my last photo is the wrong way round. D'oh! The Peg Bag is clearly so Awesome it can defy gravity...
Thanks for looking!