I’ve been bottle and diaper free for a couple years now, so this Fall I’m going to need a new diaper bag. Personally I still carry a purse, because without fail if I’m playing the wallet shuffle game I’m going to end up somewhere without it, like the grocery store checkout.
That being said I’m not looking for a bag the size of overnight luggage. The ES Messenger Bag is a nice sized bag with lots of options for pockets a super important feature for me. The more I can compartmentalize the easier I can find it.
The pattern is intermediate. I think that’s fair for those of us who don’t normally deal in bag construction. I would guess if you’ve sewn a few bags or purses this would go together quite quickly. I have a few spots I would like to be a bit cleaner on the sewing front, but for a first effort I’m happy with the result.
I sewed my bag out of a heavier denim. My machines were not pleased. I managed to send one to the shop- it’s still there and I’m missing it dearly. Not, of course, the patterns fault but an important lesson on driving my machine way over the speed limit with tricky fabrics.
I added a side and front exterior pocket to my bag. I’m planning on making a second with two side pockets and interior pockets also. It’s nice the pattern has the flexibility to load them as needed.
The pattern also includes a changing mat and bib that I haven’t had a chance to make up yet. I like being able to tuck a roll up changing pad into bags so I’m planning on sewing up a couple.
Do you sew bags? Do you find it easier, harder, or the same as clothing?
Fabric: Stash- Denim exterior, Red linen interior
Pattern: ES Messenger Bag