Last summer, my sister Abbey asked me for a drawstring bag. Sure, easy enough, I thought. Problem was, she wanted to carry school books, library books, and other "stuff" in it. So it had to be lined, for strength. The drawstring would have to be thick. And it had to be big enough! I wasn't ready at the time to commit to buying a pattern that I didn't know anything about, for something that I may never make again, but all the free patterns I was finding were for kid sizes - not something that's going to be right for a teenage girl.
I thought a messenger bag seemed like a better fit. Sturdier, bigger, and more comfortable to carry a bunch of "stuff" around in than a drawstring would be!
I found a free tutorial here, and I followed it almost exactly. I was working with half yards, so I had to adjust the size of some of my pieces just a little. If I make it again, I'll definitely have a yard cut on hand for the back and flap piece, because that front flap could stand to be a little longer. :)
|A little outline topstitching on the strap, for detail.|
But I think Abbey will love it! The outer prints came in my fabric order from Lani (aren't they cute??) and when Abbey saw the fairy print she claimed it instantly, so I had to make it work! The lining fabric I had sitting around in a tote, and its unobtrusive color and print made it the perfect choice - it doesn't compete with the other two at all.
Abbey's been waiting a long time for this bag, and I think it's perfect for her. She likes reading and drawing, and the pockets on the inside are just the right sizes for a novel and her drawing pencils. The inside is roomy enough for a combination of school books and sketch pads. And the strap is nice and wide, so it'll be comfortable to carry even when loaded up!
She's been so very patient, and I can't wait for her to finally get her custom bag!