I recently had the opportunity to test a new pattern that is being released in issue 12 of One Thimble! One thimble is a digital sewing magazine with genuinely useful articles and trendy modern patterns according to their website and I have definitely found that to be true! Their website is filled with even more useful information and articles for the modern sewist and sewing blogger. I have learned quite a bit about bettering both my blog and my sewing from their site.
The pattern I tested is from Fabulous Home Sewn and it is a versatile messenger bag pattern inspired by classic military messenger bags (but much cuter of course!). There are two different front flap options, a symmetrical version like the one I made and an asymmetrical version. Both options have room for optional front expandable pockets, two on the symmetrical version and one on the asymmetrical, that have grommet details.
I made the symmetrical two pocket version and it turned out to be a very easy to make, functional bag! My fabrics were both quilting cotton weight premium designs form JoAnn Fabrics and, although they are super busy, I love how they coordinated together and this has become my day trip, car bag. The pattern is sized to be a book bag for a pre-teen but I think it would honestly work well for anyone. The fusible fleece that is used as stabilizer in the design makes the bag very soft and flexible. The only adjustment I would make when making this pattern again would be to lengthen the strap just a wee bit but I think that that is very subjective from person to person.
The pattern calls for the use of 2″ webbing for the strapping but I ended up having a hard time finding that and made my own two inch strapping from the lining fabric that I purchased. It worked just as well and was super easy to do. It is by no means as durable as the webbing would be but I think, for my bag, it ended up being much cuter. The metal sliders that I used were purchased from amazon and the grommets (and grommet applicator) were purchased at JoAnn’s at the same time I bought the fabric.
There are no inside pockets in this bag but I did add a simple slip pocket to increase the functionality of my bag. I think that the omission of pockets encourages creativity and means you can make a bag even more tailored to your own specific needs.
Pattern: Military Messenger Bag
Designer: Fabuslius Home Sewn
Style Made: two pocket symmetrical
The Good: The bag is incredibly functional and I like that it used fusible fleece instead of soft and stable to keep it flexible. The opportunities for customizing are seemingly endless.
The Bad: The pockets are a bit tricky the first time you make them. I made a practice one first before I cut into my “good” fabric. Also be sure you insert your grommets the right way! I may have messed up one of mine…
Documentaries watched while sewing: one and a half (about two hours worth of work)