I had a few wonderful days of creative output, and I have to admit, it was worth every minute!
This messenger bag is for a friend here at IWU. She is an English major and chose this classic upholstery fabric; it's soft and thick and totally fits her. I knew what I wanted for a strap, but couldn't find anything that would work at the store, so I asked Simon if I could have the belt he was wearing. PERFECT!
She also chose some feaux leather for accent pieces. I used them here and for the bottom of the bag:
The interior is a bit more playful and bright than the outside. I like surprises.
I actually used the same pattern I have used before for diaper bags, so I was very familiar with it and made a lot of fun little changes along the way. The thick fabric didn't always get along with my sewing machine, but I'd rather not think about those times right now.
All in all, it was time well spent, and there's a handsome little bag to show for it!