Amy Butler: Messenger Bag
Hello my wonderful blogger friends.:-) I have been working for weeks on an Amy Butler Messenger Bag with matching Sweetheart Hat. I finished the hat earlier this week and finally finished the bag today. YAY!
Thank-goodness it’s done!!!” Wow! What a lot of work that project was. I am VERY glad to be done and a little leery to ever work on another one again. This particular bag took me at least 40 hours to put together. That was in part because it took me a while to interpret the pattern.
I know that future bags will go a lot quicker. However, I think this bag needs a few revisions. First… with the many layers of interfacing and canvas used to create this bag, it weighs about five pounds completed – and that’s not filled. Should I fill this bag and carry it around all day, I could see getting a cramped shoulder and sore neck.
Hmmm…. I wonder if there is a way to use stiffer interfacing without adding more bulk and weight. Maybe a way to put a little of the inside contrasting fabric on the outside of the bag for fun.
The inside pocket is also very cute. This bag has a hanging pocket which has slots for pens, a few larger items, and a zippered compartment for objects like Nook’s or other e-readers. The outside of the bag has two compartments for water bottles or other easily accessible items. However, as a busy Mom, a few bigger pockets and zippered pockets attached to the inside lining would be much more useful. My mind is already whirling as to how I can figure that one out. 🙂
I love this matching Sweetheart Hat. Raspberry twill fabric coordinated with a delicious Amy Butler print. Yum! I’ve decided to keep both the bag and the hat for myself. They match. How cool is that!