Wednesday, September 18, 2013

An Epic Bag of Holding

A while back I used this awesome tutorial to make a messenger bag and a smaller purse.  They were both a lot of fun to make and I decided that I needed to make a bag for myself!  But this wasn't going to be an ordinary bag... no.  It was going to be epic.

I mulled over the design for months.  I inventoried everything that I regularly carried in my old, too-small purse and made sure that I designed a spot for everything.  I caluculated the ideal dimensions for a bag that would be large enough to comfortably carry everything I needed, yet not be overly bulky.  I strategized ways of adding zippers and secret pockets so that I could maximize the interior space.  The easy part was finding the right fabric... I had plenty of the soft brown corderoy left over from the messenger bag I had made my sister and then I had two shades of a lovely leafy-green print in my stash that I had been saving for something special.

Once my plan was made and once I had the free time, my Epic Bag came together very quickly!

For the front flap I used a reverse applique technique to create a leafy twig design.  I had fun "sketching" the outline of the leaves and stem with machine sewing.  The slight fraying along the edges adds just enough texture and character.

I also added leaves in a vine-like pattern around the strap.

This vine pattern was also used to quilt the back and sides of the bag.

But the really fun part is on the inside!

I made custom pockets on the front that comfortably fit my phone, ipod and camera so that they are always within easy reach!

There is a zippered pouch on the front for more easily-accessible storage and then I added a large zipper over the main compartment too.  That way, important things like my keys and wallet won't go flying if I happen to drop my bag.  

The main compartment is divided into two sections.  The back section is specifically for a notebook for jotting down crafty ideas or inspiration... because I always seem to think of great things when I am out and about!

Then there is obviously a spot for a pen or pencil and another small zippered pouch for important but not always needed things like nail clippers and band-aids.

Well there you have it!  With my Bag of Awesomeness I always feel well prepared.  Even if we're just going to the park.


  1. Wow! This is the BEST version of the messenger I've seen. LOVE what you did with it!

    1. Aww, thanks! It helped to have a great tutorial to start from. :)