I’m trying to remember what order I made these bags in now, but they have sort of blurred a little in my mind. One thing I do know is that this foxy messenger bag was one of the early ones, as I surprised, no maybe completely shocked my best friend by giving it to her for Christmas when I saw her in October. Yes… I know… but having made it I couldn’t wait until December… 🙂
My friend got a kind of cryptic email in early October with photos of my fabric stash and asking her which fabric she liked best. She chose Mr Foxy and so this bag was born.
Being an early one I took quite a few photos of the process:
I forgot to mention making the strap and how I made the piping but in a nutshell that was sort of how I made the Mr Foxy bag, my first attempt at something a little bit complicated! And it seemed to work – Hooray!
I also made this Owly tote bag for another friend around the same sort of time, but I forgot to take many photos:
I learnt quite a lot from making this bag… most notably about use of interlining. The stuff I used for this bag was way too stiff and crinkly. Plus the flat bottom of the bag is a bit wider than I intended. I carefully measured it to the exact size I wanted and then forgot that the finished bottom would be double this width. Ooops.
And finally for this episode folks… I don’t really have an ‘ugly’ for you, but I do have my speed makes, that I made in a super hurry about 3 days before Christmas with some left over fabric that I bought to make some goodies for my children. (more of that in a future post…) I had some very lovely panda fabric left over from making my daughter a kindle cover – which I ordered from New York as she loves love loves pandas. And not wanting to waste it, I made her this little messenger bag.
And for my son, I bought this monster fabric on a whim while in Sew Contemporary in my local town looking for zips… he requested a bag of his own having seen all the others I have been making. So I made him this messenger, the same pattern as the Panda one – with a pocket on the back too. He loved it, bless him and as soon as he opened it on Christmas day – he used it to put all his other presents in until it was bulging!