When I made my first Messenger bag, back in the day I didn’t know what I was doing! Instead of researching how to make a messenger bag, I went full force and attacked it using trial and error. I mean…mostly error…but I got there eventually =) And since I never wrote down directions on how I got there the first time it was mostly error until I got around to making one for myself.
Of which I only learned tips and tricks because my seamstress auntie was in town from Kentucky and thought she’d throw me a bone!
Since then I’ve held on to her advice and tips and messenger bags are not the bane of my existence anymore. I feel about them how I feel about my totes, when I get an order for one I get excited! (Not completely freaked out and creatively suicidal.)
Although these two bags are same on a lot of levels, they came together very differently. The Red and White Free City bag came to me right away when I saw all the fabrics. I almost immediately pulled out all the red and white I could find and said
“messenger. awesome. done.”
The Yellow and Orange Freemind Messenger came together more slowly. It was one of the last combinations that I put together and even when I went to sew it I realized I never cut a piece for the flap part of the bag! Luckily I still had some orange fabric left to make the closure! Otherwise it would have had to be revamped into a tote =)
I also used two different types of interfacing so the bags have much different looks in person. The Red and White bag has a lighter weight interfacing which allows it to hang looser and still look soft like a t-shirt, whereas the Yellow and Orange bag is interfaced with a much heavier interfacing and has a more stiff look.
Can’t decide which I like better!
Anyhow, thanks for stopping by!
*****Each product is handmade and re-purposed from second hand clothing and fabrics and is completely one of a kind, I couldn’t duplicate any of these bags even if I wanted too! It’s my way of going green and staying in style.
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