Bag It Up

During last week’s Thanksgiving sales I took advantage of $6 per yard corduroy and 33% off your final purchase coupons. How could I not? I found this uber soft blue cord and a few yards of fabric here and there. I decided to buckle down and try my hand at sewing a zipper, among other techniques. Months ago I bought Sew Liberated’s Messenger Bag. Forget that I was hardly what you would call a “novice” at the sewing machine. Forget how easy I thought zippers could be.

But the cord called out and it was time to make this bag. With a little push from Meg herself and a zipper tutorial that she recommended, I was on my way. On day one I did cut all the pattern pieces and ironed on the interfacing. Then I took a day or two off because I could not understand the instructions for the zipper. On day two, (yesterday), I jumped in with both feet and did the sewing while Scout slept.

Success!!! I finished the bag during her two hour nap, (good thing she took a full nap, right).


That’s the front sans the button closure, (I still have to find the “right” button.)


The paisley fabric is by Marcus Brothers. The white is Kona cotton. The cord? Well it was a designer cut. I actually went back to buy more for a pair of pants, that’s how much I love the cord, but there wasn’t enough.

Anyway, getting over the beginning of the obstacle course proved the hardest. But once I got that zipper in the bag was a breeze. I absolutely love it. It’s perfect to take to French class. It’s perfect to use as a knitting bag. It’s perfect as an everyday throw-as-much-as-you-need-in-it type bag.

I’ll have to make another. Another six. One for each day of the week.

Don’t forget the contest.