Another great pattern that you can find in Issue 15 of One Thimble (affiliate) is the Military Messenger Bag by FABulous Home Sewn. This pattern is a twist on a traditional messenger style bag. It includes two different front flap styles (I did the asymetrical version with the single pocket) and a front bellow style pocket. What’s neat about the strap is that it goes completely around the whole bag. I sewed my own strap out of the main fabric, but there are also instructions for using 2″ wide webbing instead.
This pattern is a good purchase for anyone who is just beginning to construct bags. There isn’t a lot of expensive hardware required (just some rectangular rings and a slider for the adjustable strap). No zippers or complicated closures required! The simple design means there aren’t a ton of pattern pieces either, so it comes together quickly and I was able to complete it in a single evening.
The bag is sewn from a fun IKEA border print. The bag is interfaced with fusible fleece and has a nice structure to it. The fabric strap is stabilized with medium weight fusible interfacing. I lined the bag with a chartreuse coloured quilting cotton in a waffle print.
The bag is sized for an older child, teen, or adult. My daughters are still arguing over who gets to use this bag, and I would like one myself, so I think I may be sewing more of them!
You can either purchase the Military Messenger Bag as a stand alone pattern or purchase the whole issue (a great value) of One Thimble here! Click the links to read more about the other items in this outfit: the Gracious Threads Dax Trousers and the Thread Faction Studio #116.