Messenger Bag

ES Messenger Bag

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.

ES Messenger Bag

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.

ES Messenger Bag

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.

ES Messenger Bag

Do you sew bags? Do you find it easier, harder, or the same as clothing?

Happy Sewing,


Fabric: Stash- Denim exterior, Red linen interior

Pattern: ES Messenger Bag




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  • Amy Mayen July 19, 2015, 1:52 pm

    Very cute, and it will go with everything. I dragged luggage around when my baby was small, you are so smart. This bag will go with everything!!
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  • Rebecca July 20, 2015, 2:08 pm

    Love it! And the straps are awesome. I like the accent stitching. And I guess congratulations on the coming baby!!
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  • Vicky Myers July 20, 2015, 4:33 pm

    I know what you mean about your machine not being too happy about sewing a denim bag!! I love the shot of pink, a greta fabric for lining. I made my transition into sewing through making bags… I now attempt clothes too:) I love being able to sew bags. As busy Mums we are inevitably going to have spilt toddler drinks over bags, home sewn fabric bags can be easily freshened up in the sewing machine:)
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  • Carrie B July 21, 2015, 1:25 pm

    This looks great!! I do not love sewing bags, and while my machine tolerates it, I just get frustrated with so many layers. I like just sticking to clothes 🙂

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