At the same time that I was waffling between a few different bag patterns for a new bag I had promised my oldest daughter, the Oliver and S blog featured a new school bag for S. I was reminded of how much I loved the Messenger Bag pattern when I first bought the Little Things to Sew book by Liesl Gibson.
What a clever pattern this is, with all of the little design details and great curves. I've made several bags, but never used bias tape to enclose all of the edges like this. Liesl's patterns are so well written and flawless in finishing details.
The main fabric is Mochi Linen Dots by Moda which adds some durability to the outer bag. Also, since the dots are a natural linen color (vs. white dots), any dirt is nicely hidden! The lining is a fun print I picked up at JoAnn a year or so ago. I love the punch of color the lining adds when the flap is opened! For ease, I used pre-packaged bias tape and love the contrast added by the navy.
As I researched pattern notes and reviews of several bloggers (thank you!), I followed the lead of Bartacks and Single Track blog to slightly enlarge the pocket flaps and am glad I did. I chose not to apply any closures on the pockets or the messenger flap. So far, that has not been an issue. My daughter uses a backpack for school, so this is her weekend bag. It is perfect for our library trips and I am amazed at how many books she can fit in this bag! Not having a closure on the messenger flap allows the bag to stay flexible.
I made this bag over several days, so the time and various steps were spaced out. I wish I blogged right after I finished in order to capture some more details and notes. I followed the pattern as written, other than enlarging the flaps. I did add some fusible fleece that was not called for in the pattern to add some heft and body to the bag. The pattern offers both large and small options, and I made the large size for my 10-year old. The smaller bag would be perfect for my 3-year old!