My New Bag

by Nicole

When your husband suggests that it may be time for a new bag, it’s a good sign that it’s time! My husband made that comment a couple of months ago and I just got around to making a new one this weekend. I will admit that the bag I’ve been using is a bit worn and ready to be retired.

A few weeks ago, I went searching for new fabric for a bag and picked up these lovelies at my LQS. They are from Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee collection. They waited patiently on my table while I went through my string quilt frenzy.

Msg bag supplies

Look what they became – my new messenger bag!

Msg bag

Although I don’t consider myself a huge orange fan, I love this shade. It is a rusty, golden type of orange, a color that reminds me of autumn, making this a perfect bag for the upcoming season.

I used a pattern from 1, 2, 3 Sew by Ellen Luckett Baker. It’s a great book for learning basic sewing projects. From napkins to baby blankets, this book has clear and simple instructions and helps you to build your sewing skills.

I adapted the pattern so that instead of pleats, I made the front flap plain and a bit longer than in the pattern. I also added interfacing and an interlining of canvas to give the bag extra structure and metal feet to protect the bottom of the bag.

I placed a couple of pockets inside and a loop to attach my keys. They’ll be no more fishing around for them in this bag!

Msg bag inside2

I finished this bag just in time for the start of a new work week and the return of {Sew} Modern Monday!

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Foster September 17, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Very pretty. I love the simple, red fabric. I also like your photos. What do you use for the white background?

Valerie September 17, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Great bag! I have the same red fabric that I have not had time to cut into yet, but it is waiting patiently for me :). I love it!

Gertie Pye September 17, 2012 - 2:54 pm

My goodness it is a brave husband who says his wife needs a new bag! But I'm glad he did because this bas is great. My next project is a bag with Melody Miller fabric – I am a bit scared of messing it up but I am going to take the plunge!

Jennifer September 17, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Very pretty! That is one of my favorite prints from Chicopee because it's not too orange and with just enough red. Well done!

Jennifer πŸ™‚

Lori September 17, 2012 - 3:05 pm

This is very pretty.

Diann September 17, 2012 - 3:19 pm

That's a good looking bag. I agree with you about the color.

Debbie September 17, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Very nice and was cool tweaks to the pattern to make it your own! September 17, 2012 - 5:25 pm

What a great bag!! Its time for me to make a new bag, too. I'll have to check this pattern out!

Elisabetta September 17, 2012 - 5:34 pm

lovely, my mother-in-law would apreciate it a lot, she's mad with reds

Toni September 17, 2012 - 6:02 pm

It is beautiful! I think that is one of my favorite prints from Chicopee. And yes, if your husband notices you need a new bag it is definitely time!

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop September 17, 2012 - 8:46 pm

Love how neat it is.

Cherie September 17, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Wow what an eye catching bag! =D

Katy Cameron September 17, 2012 - 9:03 pm

It looks fab, your husband is obviously a wise man ;o)

Megan September 17, 2012 - 10:29 pm

Lovely bag – it looks like the perfect size! And great to put in a loop for your keys – fishing for those in your bag must rate as one of the most annoying things ever!

Heidi Staples September 18, 2012 - 4:53 am

Beautiful job, Nicole! I love the colors you picked!

Joy September 18, 2012 - 5:09 am

Awesome bag Nicole πŸ™‚

Kelly September 18, 2012 - 8:55 am

Amazing bag Nicole. It's beautiful!

Molli Sparkles September 18, 2012 - 12:04 pm

Nicole, darling, when the husband says you need a new bag, you just need to ask, "Which man shall I get it from? Louis, Gucci or Prada?" He is so lucky that you make your own, don't let him forget!

felicity September 18, 2012 - 4:27 pm

This bag is totally awesome! I love everything about it!!

Sherri @ September 23, 2012 - 11:13 pm

gorgeous! I love the color!

Lindsay Conner September 24, 2012 - 1:47 am

Congrats on your finish! A messenger bag always comes in handy, and I love your fabric choice. πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up to Craft Book Month!

Kati October 5, 2012 - 5:06 pm

I love how this turned out Nicole! That orange print is one of my favorites from the line. It's such a perfect bag for autumn!

Bianca Grove October 17, 2012 - 9:18 pm

Orange and green make a perfect combination – they somehow remind me of a water melon. Hehe. At first glimpse, I thought you bought the whole bag from a classy shop. You certainly did a fantastic job with it! It’s beautiful. πŸ™‚

~ Bianca Grove

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