My step-granddaughter is turning 9, and I wanted to make her something unique. I found this kid's messenger bag tutorial and decided to give it a go. The fringe flowers are embroidery designs from Embroidery Library...my first experience with fringe. So cute! I'm adding hot fix crystals to the flowers later today.
From start to finish, including the embroidery, the bag went together in a day. For fabric I used an old pair of my jeans and a remnant from a dress for her baby sister. I removed the jeans pocket and reused it on the back of the bag.
For the strap, I cut the batting strip in half lengthwise to reduce bulk. Hindsight shows the batting probably wasn't needed at all due to the weight of the denim (Levi's). The flap may need some type of closure, again because of the weight/bulk of the denim. Something to keep in mind next time.
I like the way this came together so much that I might enlarge the pieces and make another one for myself to replace the pricey Le Sac bag I bought for my Macbook Air. For that project, I'd rotate the pieces to make a vertical messenger bag.
To all the folks out there who take the time and trouble to post tutorials like this one, mega THANK YOU! Ya'll are the best!
Note: I added the crystals today and it's amazing what a difference they make. I'll add new photos tomorrow!