Monday, July 13, 2015

The Campfire Messenger Bag by Anna Graham

Front of bag
I got way behind and wound up doing the March Bag of the Month last. It is the Campfire Messenger Bag designed by Anna Graham and you can order your pattern here.

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!


  1. Its lovely and love those fabric. I've only made the Jan bag by Samantha so far so I've got alot of catching up to do.

    1. Maria, thanks! You have a bunch of fun in your future. All the bags were fun to make and have a lot of variety. I learned a number of new techniques doing the 6 BOM patterns. Currently cutting out my 2nd Pick A Pocket Wallet by ChrisW Designs. Really like that one also.