Friday, August 21, 2009

Taryn's Bag

It's back to school time and my niece Taryn wanted a school bag that wasn't like everyone else's, and really, who could blame her? She wanted something that wasn't pink and she likes the messenger bag style (thank God, I don't think I'm ready to make a backpack yet!) She brought me a sample bag and should be what she liked and what she didn't. She chose the main fabric and I found a matching corduroy for a little strength. I interfaced the whole bag heavily, but it should soften up with use. This was my first experience with inset zippers and seams, but I think they turned out pretty well.

I left the edges of the peace sign raw so that over time they will fray a little bit, a peace sign shouldn't be perfect.

Inside there is another pocket, and a hook for her keys (the red thing to the left.) The outer edges have elastic in the seams to hopefully keep things from falling out.

I'm going to give it to her tomorrow, I hope she loves it!

Many thanks to Larissa at mmmcrafts for her messenger bag tutorial, which is where I started. Obviously I veered off into my own world and didn't follow her exactly, her bags are super cute though, so go take a look.
PS. The yard is crooked, not the bag.
PPS. If you are interested in your own custom bag let me know!


  1. So great! Your niece is sure to love this bag!

  2. Taryn LOVES the bag! She can't WAIT to go to school now!!!!

  3. I really like this, Lisa. What are the dimensions on the bag? I'm seeing possibilities for a LisaH bag of my own . . .

  4. This is gorgeous! I'm on the constant look out to buy a bag like this and you made one yourself! I'm so impressed, if not envious! ;)