I love messenger bag style purses and was excited to try out Jen Gidden’s Classic Messenger Bag pattern. I have made her Pleated Tote pattern and really liked it. Very simple and clear instructions.
I used decorator weight Lovesme Lovesmenot in Leaf from Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush collection.
For the inside lining, I used a polka dot from American Jane Patterns from the Look and Learn collection by Sandy Klop. There is just a simple pocket inside, but you could really customize here adding a zippered pocket or specialized pockets for your phone, etc.
For the interfacing, to give it body, I used Pellon 809 Decor Bond. This made the flap a little stiff. Currently, it looks very nice, but I wonder how it will really stand up to real world use.
All in all, this was a very fun project and pretty much instant gratification, which was exactly what I was looking for!