I must be some sort of sadist. It seems the work and stress of getting a family of five all packed and ready for a big trip isn't enough for me. It's becoming tradition to also try and make myself a new complicated bag right before we leave. There was the Supertote before Disneyland. This time around it was the a messenger bag right before a 4,000 mile road trip.
(Photography and photo styling by my 10 year old, Anna.)
There was really no choice, though. My everyday Supertote is a year and a half old. It was definitely looking it. The handles were all frayed. One of the magnetic snaps had ripped out. It was dirty. It just would not do. I tried stores. Everything was too big, too small, too strappy, not strappy enough, too ugly, or too expensive. I guess making my own bags has made me pretty dang picky when it comes to purses.
This one, though. This one is pretty much the prefect size, the perfect strap, the perfect fabric, and plenty of pockets.
Pattern- Campfire Messenger Bag by Anna Graham.
Changes I Made- Added two inches in width to the gusset- I wanted to be sure a knitting project
Added two inches in length to the flap- to cover the extra inches added to the gusset.
Moved the zippered pocket to the lining rather than the exterior.
Used D-rings instead of metal rectangles because that was what my fabric store
had and I didn't have time to order any.
Lengthened the strap
What I Wish I Had Done Differently-
Adding width to the gusset worked ok. I wish though, I had left the flap the original size and pleated the gusset at the top. It just folds together or bows out anyway.
Moved up the strap holders. The top of the bag tends to fold to the inside right where they are connected. It wouldn't be as much of a problem if they were higher.
Either used metal rectangles or sewn a line of stay stitching as close to the D-rings as possible. They tend to turn sideways and scrunch up the strap holders.
Taken some photos before the 4,000 mile road trip. It still looks good, but it's definitely not as crisp and clean as it was. Its been battered about and stepped on had frozen lemonade dripped on it.
Looks like I'm going to get the chance to make those changes and try and downsize it somewhat- Ellery and Anna both want one.