Denim Messenger Bag


By Judith on January 1, 2021
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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 thoughts on “Denim Messenger Bag”

  1. I love this bag. I made my own messenger bag pattern a few years back and made it up in Irish tweed for my hub
    He thinks it’s too good to use!! I think denim is a good choice. As you say Jude robust and very wearable. I have denim… I love making bags. I’m a lot slower on the quilts

  2. Bags are one of my favourite things to make, along with cushions. This year I made a baby quilt, two lap quilts (my favourite size), cushions, a huge floor cushion, pincushions (I seem to make some every year), and EPP bunting. I usually have a big making session for Christmas and while the end of their did include 2 quilts, 2 cushions, and bunting I gave myself permission to do something else for a change and some people received hampers of homemade chutney,marmalade, and granola instead of the usual pouch or similar. Giving myself permission not to sew as many gifts was less stress inducing, crafting shouldn’t be stressful but was becoming that way some years.

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