Last year, I visited the Stich Lab in Austin and purchased a pattern for a messenger bag.
The pattern comes with a medium size and a large size pattern.
I used some gingerbread fabric that my sister gave me, along with a candy cane and also a polka dot remnant.
I wanted to make the purse a bit firmer, so I used interfacing and canvas.
I pieced the flap in order to add some festivity and color.
Polka Dot lining
I think I will use canvas for the next messenger bag I make.
I had seen some pretty canvas at Hobby Lobby.
Well, sort of…
Even though today’s high was 80 degrees, I am in the Christmas frame of mind.
The morning was brisk and clear, so I took my husband out for a birthday brunch.
He bought me these James Avery earrings for HIS birthday!
When we returned from our celebration, I started a Christmas messenger bag for myself.
I found a pattern posted by Larissa Holland.
The directions are easy to follow and there are great diagrams.
I added interfacing to make the bag sturdier.
I had purchased this black tree fabric a while back and I questioned why I bought it.
I love polka dots, and the little trees have polka dots.
After pulling out all of my Christmas fabric, I thought this combination would work.
All the pieces were cut and prepared.
The strap is double sided and made with the outer fabric and the lining fabric.
Double Small Pockets Back Pocket
In order to brighten up the black, I pieced a red and white polka dot fabric.
I appliqued a tree with a green fabric.
Buttons…I just love buttons!
To my surprise, and dismay, the red and white polka dot fabric bled when I sprayed starch.
I tried covering the area with more buttons, but I don’t know if I just called more attention to the area.
Oh well, the buttons are cute.
The inner lining for the flap is the same green fabric I used on the tree.
Now, I am ready to go downtown to the San Antonio River Walk and take in all the Christmas decorations.
My son and his wife will be in town for a conference, and I am so looking forward to spending time with them.