Christmas Messenger Bag

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.


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

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.
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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.

Inner Lining

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.