Denim Messenger Bag

By Judith on January 1, 2021
2 Comments (Leave comment)

To enter my 10 year blogiversary giveaway click here.

Happy New Year everyone!!

I love new year, so much more than Christmas. It’s a turning of the page, a new start, fresh hope, renewed motivations and goal setting!

Bringing in this new year definitely feels a lot different from previous years, but positivity and hopefulness are generated from gratitude and thankfulness. I hope like me you can find many things to be thankful for as we start a new year together.

A good friend of my daughter’s very kindly invested her time and expertise in my stunted photography skills a few months back.

So when I heard she was in need of a laptop bag for Uni ……….

I based this new bag on a previous laptop bag I made, just reducing the measurements a little to accommodate a smaller laptop (everything is getting smaller!!) and leaving off the front pockets.

Denim is strong and durable so I’m hoping this bag will stand the test of time (just like the previous one has done!).

Of course I couldn’t resist adding in the characterful features of the denim and a little Italian wool for strokability!!

This is my first time using a buckle clip. I think this chunky one suits the robust-ness and proportions of the bag.

And just in case you thought the bag was getting too masculine, check out the lining, in the recipient’s favourite colour!!

This fabric is ‘Joie De Clair Woodland’ by Art Gallery Fabrics (and is available here).

I’ve included a slip pocket for the laptop, which is secured with a velcro tab. And I repurposed some pockets from a denim skirt to make a double pocketed section on the other side. Lots of storage for notebooks, pens, phone and leads!

I’m delighted to say my daughter’s friend loves her new bag! Yay!

This bag was my last finish of 2020, a year in which I didn’t complete a single quilt!! But it seems it was a mostly bag kind of year!

I hope you have a creative start to 2021!


2 Comments (Leave comment)

Denim Hexie Messenger Bag

By Judith on June 10, 2020
0 Comments (Leave comment)

I’ve been working on a few gifts lately, and now that one has been received I can show you it here.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


This bag was made as a special thank you to a lovely lady who enjoys repurposing textiles as much as I do!


Denim Hexie Messenger bag


I had a few relaxing evenings making up the EPP hexies, but with no other plan in my head than that!

So when I had 2 panels made to a good enough size the old design juices started flowing.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


I got the panels quilted on to Flex Foam which I think really adds some lovely texture to the hexies.

I had a vision of a messenger bag with curved corners this time.  Once the gusset was in, the bag really started to take shape.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


Getting the depth and style of the flap was important.  I didn’t want anything too fussy, so as not to take away from the hexies.  So a few lines of Aurifil 12wt wool thread in contrast gold did the trick, with curved corners to mirror the bottom of the bag.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


When it comes to bag linings, I love the surprise of opening up a bag and getting that ‘wow’ factor from a stunning lining!


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


This lining is Autumn Nectar Honey by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics and is available here in my shop.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


Doesn’t it just bring a blast of sunny colour to the inside of the bag!  And the purple tones are the perfect match for a cheeky Liberty key fob tab!

No funtional bag is complete without a handy slip pocket.


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


And the adjustable cross body strap means you can get out and about hands free!!


Denim Hexie Messenger Bag


I’m delighted to report that the new owner loves her bag and says it was a timely gift as her old bag was in need of being replaced! Yay!


I love it when my ‘play time’ repurposing textiles brings happy smiles and pleasure to faces!


Happy sewing!


0 Comments (Leave comment)