|Front of bag|
It is a messenger bag with with a flap, two large pleated pockets and a zipper pocket on the front under the flap, a slip pocket on the back, two slip pockets inside and an adjustable strap. The flap is closed with two snaps for security and a professional appearance. It finishes 9.5" wide x 11.5" high and 2.5" deep, so is a nice sized bag to carry. There is an option for a top zipper closure that I chose not to do. It would also be very easy to add additional slip and zipper pockets inside.
I chose to use a printed denim fabric for part of the exterior, a solid twill or trigger cloth (I am not sure which, it is a vintage fabric from my stash) for the rest of the exterior and a cotton blend for the interior. I also had a premade double-fold bias binding that was the perfect color, so did not make any bias binding for this project. All three fabrics and the bias binding worked well for me. Anna's pattern and directions were very clear and easy to follow with excellent diagrams for each step. The bag is very straight-forward and went together rather quickly. I would say that advanced beginners-intermediate sewers or above would have no trouble assembling this bag.
|Back of bag showing bound slip pocket|
|Closeup of bag front with the flap open showing the roomy pleated pockets and the zipper pocket|
|More distant photo of front with flap open and tucked behind adjustable strap|
|Inside of bag showing slip pockets and nicely bound top|
This bag also offers potential for use as a school bag, a bag for your favorite man (done in faux leather, leather, camo or other manly fabrics). The flap could easily be embellished with embroidery or quilting. I found it a lot of fun to make. Again, you can order your own pattern here.
It is the first Anna Graham (noodlehead) pattern I have sewn, but it will not be the last.
Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!