Friday, August 12, 2011

Super Cute Messenger Bag

With only a month left of school to go last spring, my daughter's backpack just pretty much disintegrated.  Straps, handles, and zippers were breaking left and right. I decided she couldn't wait until next year for a new one and really didn't want to shell out a bunch of money (sheesh, backpacks are expensive) for another one that will fall apart. So I started a hunt online to see if I could find an easy tutorial for some sort of bag I could make.  After much searching I found this fabulous messenger bag

It was perfect! The tutorial was very thorough and easy to follow, and I'm probably maybe a beginner-intermediate sewer. My only problem came with the interfacing. I had about as heavy as you can get interfacing and for-the-life-of-me, I could not get the handle turned. I had to peel the interfacing off and put on a lighter weight interfacing. I also had a little trouble in the same way with the flap, but eventually got it turned and luckily my tear is on the inside. I just told my daughter not to ever let her teacher see the inside of the bag. :) It was a fun little project and only took a few hours. Now another daughter has just informed me she wants one for school this year, too. Mark that down as one more thing to jam into the next week and a half.
Oh, a couple other notes to mention, the bag is big enough to fit a folder in (exact dimensions are in tutorial), perfect for a grade-schooler, but not really big enough for my older jr. high daughter (who REALLY wants one) who's bringing home lots of books and stuff. I also made the flower from this tutorial as a pin so I can remove it to wash the bag if I need to.


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19 comments:

Mom said...

You are so clever! I'm happy that you are turning out to be a sewer, in addition to all your other crafting talents.

Jacque said...

Hi, my name is Jacque. I'm visiting your blog from "Family Ever After". I just wanted to say that this bag is so cute. I love the colors and the design you have chosen for it.

I also wanted to say that I'm your newest follower. Please stop by and visit my blog. I would love to see you there!

Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor
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P.S. I host a link party every Sunday. I'm sure the ladies over there would love to see any of your crafts or recipes.

femmefrugality said...

Super cute! I love how you don't have to be an expert to make one! I used messenger bags the last few years I was in school...they are infinitely better than backpacks.

Alyssa - Live, Love, Craft said...

Thanks for the kind comment! I'm following you now :) Also... pretty soon I'm going to have a week about getting 'big' and blogging stuff.. so be sure to check back and see it!

Micha @ Cookin' Mimi said...

That is too cute. Interfacing can be a pain in the neck to work with but the final product is usually worth it.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Well if that isn't the cutest thing in the world! And the bag is pretty cute too! How fun to start school with such a fun bag!

MGM

Katie said...

I have been looking for a good bag tutorial to make for my daughter and this is perfect. I love the fabrics you ended up using--so bright and fun!

Katie
Sweet Rose Studio
www.sweetrosestudio.com

Susan @ Second Chances by Susan said...

This turned out super cute! I love the fabric choice. Much better than a store bought backpack! And, your daughter is adorable!

Shannon@ Cozy Home Scenes said...

Doesn't it make you feel good when they really like something you made for them? I think most little girls would like a colorful bag like that. Your model is precious!
Thanks for visiting my blog. Shannon

kasia said...

Great job! Thank u for sharing

Alicia @ Sweet Ava Kate said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment. I just love this messenger bag and the model is a cutie too! I'm your newest follower!

Leslie said...

I love this bag. I love the fabric and I love the flower. I need to make some of those flowers for some upcoming fall outfits, I think.

P.S. Thanks for the brown fabric paint. It worked perfect in covering up the extra Batman gray!

Lindsay said...

Wow, what an adorable bag! The final product is so wonderful!

By the way, I am hosting my very FIRST link party and I would love to have you link this to it--
http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-1.html

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

This is such a labor of love! Thanks for sharing your creativity at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Lindsay said...

Newest follower! Yay!

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

It is awesome! I agree back packs are EXPENSIVE. Love this one, it is so much cuter than the ones you buy at the store :) Thanks for linking it up with us!
Britney
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

Hyphen Interiors said...

That bag is adorable!! I love it. What a lucky girl!

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

With such cute bags, your girls will never want store bought bags again.

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

What a super cute bag! The flower you added is perfect!

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