I decided that I wanted a bright, cheery messenger bag for Spring. I came across this terrific tutorial at No Time To Sew, and got crackin’. This is, by far, one of the best tutorials for this sort of thing — great pictures, taken on a grid so it’s pretty clear what’s going on. Big thanks to Aleah for posting it. Also, I’ve never done an interior pocket by doubling over the fabric and sewing it shut to finish (as in the tutorial) — it’s a great way to do it.
I used Moda High Street fabrics, Pellon SF101 interfacing for the interior and zip pocket, and Pellon Craft 801 interfacing for the flap and exterior. I usually prefer woven interfacing because it gives strength but also avoids that weird creasing caused by other interfacing. It came out fine, however.
The (really nice, shiny, nickel) hardware came from Michellepatterns on Etsy. It was surprisingly difficult to find good hardware. Joann has stopped selling it for the most part. The source Aleah gives in her blog were out of 2″ rounded hardware, though their stuff looks good and I may try them again. Their customer service is terrific, but they got back to me to say that they’d be out of slides for another month (!). I buy zips from ZipIt on Etsy. I was lucky I already had the right color (do a custom order and get a bunch, then practice without fear, because zippers are just fab).
Now, if I could just finish up that quilt…we never had a winter, and I just couldn’t get it together. Hopefully soon, as I hate clutter.