Sunday, October 10, 2021

Messenger Bag Progress

I guess I will finish my One Monthly Goal this month. I wasn't sure I would, but my husband went out of town for a week to visit family and I found myself in the mood to sew while he was away. 

I decided to make the Messenger Bag a little bit larger than the pattern so I could carry my extra-wide laptop inside. I needed to add 1-inch to both width and height. It was a bit of a challenge to make sure I adjusted all the affected pieces correctly, but putting everything in a spreadsheet helped.

This is the front flap finished before it was attached to the bag.

I decided to put the pen holder on the inside strip of the bag, rather than inside the flap. I was really pleased with how I managed to line up the seams with the handle strap on the outside.
A little bit like origami to put it together.
The inside is still outside until I finish that last seam.
Normally I wouldn't be able to resist finishing when I'm this close, but I had enough wrestling for one day. I'll try to finish tomorrow.

But I did feel like working on something, so I did a bit of fussy cutting. I will eventually need these.

Linking up with Monday Making.


  1. This is a great bag. It looks very useful! Nicely done with the fabric choices.

    1. I hope to get a lot of use out of it. It will be great to have a homemade messenger bag to keep my computer and other gear when I go for visits.

  2. Wow, what a gorgeous bag - so good that you are nearly finished! I find that the byAnnie patterns go together really nicely - but it takes a while to get through them!

    1. Yes, this bag took me 3 days to make it. The last project took 5! But they finished projects are so worth the time.

  3. Very very nice and neat bag!!