Messenger Bags

4:02 am Crafts, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Sewing
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Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills.

I’m proud to say that it’s been years since I’ve given my family members a store-bought gifts. My gifts vary depending on the person and which craft I’m into at the time. Last Christmas my family received scrapbook calendars. I designed each scrapbook layout depending on the month’s holidays, birthdays and past trips we took that month. For birthdays this year I made candles and candle holders. For Mother’s and Father’s day I used Mod Podge and scrapbooking paper to decorate Paper Mache frames.

Now that Christmas is over, I can blog about what I made this year! This year I’m into sewing. Since everyone is carrying their laptops everywhere, I made messenger bags to tote them around. I used the Stitchin’ Post Messenger Bag & Quilted Laptop Pattern. This pattern was easy to understand, even for a novice sewer like me. But an expert sewer could use this pattern as a template to customize their bags.

I had fun picking out the fabric from each bag. I choose quilting fabric because I wanted something bright and fun. I used interfacing to make the fabric stiffer and so the bag would hold its shape. I followed the pattern and made one large pocket, and a divided inside pocket.

Now that I’ve already made a few bags, I’ve got a ton of ideas to add to my next bag. Which just so happens to be for me :) I would like to add a side outside pocket for my cell phone. Also I want it to close by sewing a loop to the bottom front seam, and a button on the top flap to button it closed. What would you add?

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The name says it all! Mable Crafts-alot is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Mable has never met a craft she didn’t like! Mable spends her free time attending craft classes at local community centers, and even teaches a few. When she is not crafting she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and gardening. Mable loves to connect with other crafters to share project ideas, discuss craft trends and chat about favorite crafting tools and techniques. To learn more about Mable, become her friend on Facebook!

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3 Responses
  1. Tammy :

    Date: January 26, 2011 @ 12:44 PM

    Love the red messenger bag, great choice of color and fabric. Looking forward to seeing the next blog by Mable.

  2. Kathy :

    Date: January 26, 2011 @ 3:12 PM

    I love to make bags! I recycle fabrics from goodwill or thrift shops. I especially like bags made from old military fatigues/uniforms.

  3. Kadee :

    Date: January 27, 2011 @ 1:09 PM

    Those are great looking bags! I’m sure you’re family really enjoyed their hand-made Christmas presents. :-)

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