Originally created for hard-working couriers, the classic Messenger Bag has been in circulation for several decades. Known for its long-lasting rugged durability and distinctive envelope styling, the classic Messenger has been adopted around the world as the everyday all-purpose carryall. Make a simplified version for yourself in hemp, similar to the featured tote from eco-friendly, Ecolution.
approximately 4 in. x 11.5 in. x 14 in. [10 cm x 29.5 cm x 35.5 cm]
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
There wasn't any drawing; only a photo of a similar product. However it came together as it should, with the exception of the size. It is NOT 14 inches wide but rather 15...bigger than I wanted.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't think so as sometimes the terms used to refer to one pattern piece changed within the instructions. However I did the steps I understood first and then went back to the rest, and it all came out fine in the end.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: It comes out well and is pretty basic. The pattern is free-it is provided on the website and instead of downloading you draw it out onto graph paper. Dislikes: I didn't care for having to add my own seam allowances, although it was ok as they were all straight lines. I didn't like how it called for you to trim one of the zipper pocket pieces down after cutting- it would have made the zipper pocket very shallow. Instead I kept them the same size. Because of how it is sewn together, this made the seam come out on the side instead of the bottom of the zippered pocket on the flap - you can't see it unless you look inside though. I didn't like how the finished measurements differ from what was listed.
Organic brown cotton canvas and brown hemp for the lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
It has one zip pocket on the flap and one lining pocket. I also added a tab to hold keys that fastens with velcro. I eliminated the 2 inch wide belt tip hardware from the end of the bag strap because there were none to be found in stores here.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It's a gift for my husband and he loves it. I'd make it again for him but smaller-it was really hard to roll up the excess of the bag when I was sewing in order to get it through the machine after the interfacing was in! I'd also add more design details like buckle sliders to hold the straps on. I'd recommend it to those who want a basic messenger bag pattern and have made a few bags before so are comfortable with pattern instructions that are a little opaque in places.
I love free patterns and I'm happy with how it came out. I also loved working with hemp for the first time - it's very similar to linen.