I’ve sewn this messenger bag for someone special who got 18 years old a few weeks ago and who will be finishing high school in a few days. I decided to make her this bag to highlight those important steps in her life. She had seen my purse last summer and she had asked for one with pastel colors. She got a rain coat in coral earlier this spring. So, when I saw the print I used as for the flap, I thought it would look lovely together. The print is from In My Room fabric collection by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabric The remaining outside fabric is Essex linen by Robert Kaufman in flax. The lining and side pockets are from a older collection by Robert Kaufman as well, Made in Japan. I just love that wood grain print.
I followed a pattern by Michelle Patterns to make the bag. I had bought this pattern a few months ago just for this. Unfortunately, I can’t give you the link to the exact pattern, because it was retired recently. But, Michelle Patterns just got a new messenger bag pattern out! I can say that I just love using her patterns, always filled with pictures and clear instructions.