Friday, April 4, 2014

Midtown Messenger Bag

The April Bag from the Bag-of-the-Month Club is the Midtown Messenger Bag designed by Betz White. I made some changes as usual.
I  used my scraps of brown fabrics to create a quilt-as-you-go (qayg) flap to the messenger bag.
Instead of sewing accent strips down the flap I chose to add some rickrack for an accent and added French knots. A decorative stacked button in the center. I used a magnetic snap in the center because I didn't have thumb catch closures. Plus I think it's easier to access inside the bag with a magnetic closure rather than the 2 thumb closures.
I used one D-ring and sewed the other end of the adjustable strap in to the side gusset on the other side, instead of using another ring.
A fun cat print for the lining. A large slip-in pocket is under the flap in the front.
A recessed zipper under the flap. I added a zipper tab on both ends of the zipper so that I have something to grab onto when zipping.
Inside the bag is also a pocket that is padded with batting for holding a tablet. I don't have a tablet though.
Here is the tablet pocket opened. I added a snap closure rather than a Velcro closure.
Here is the snap on the tablet pocket.
The back of the bag has a large slip-in pocket. 
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26 comments:

  1. Very nice. I love the quilted look on the flap and all of your extras.

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  2. I'm so impressed Daryl. I love the flap and all the modifications you made and may copy some of them. The lining fabric is so cute too. After seeing your bag I want to make mine.

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  3. Love the colors and how you did the flap, I am surprised the designer wanted to put velcro inside of the tablet pocket, your changes are much better, and I like saving on hardware too :)

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  4. Beautiful job! Love the kittie fabric!

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  5. I really like your fabric choices and you mods too. That's the best thing about making purses....you can tailor them to your preferences.

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  6. Once again dear you have created a perfect bag with fun fabrics and your great style. This is Santa Fe Bliss! I don't have a tablet either...unless you count my spiral bound steno book. Fabulous job my friend...

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  7. Fabulous! The flap is so artsy--love it. You are the Queen of Bags for sore and that one is a beauty.

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  8. I think my very favorite style of bag is the messenger bag, its so comfortable to carry across your body and then it lays nice and flat. I really love the contrast of the strips used on the flap with the solid color bag. the accents of rick rack and embroidery make it so unique and its a lovely detail. The closures, zipper and pockets make the bag very functional. you did an excellent job as usual and the results are perfection.
    Tara

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  9. Great messenger bag, I love all the pockets and zips too. I really like the padded pocket for the tablet, I like taking mine with me.

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  10. Awesome bag Daryl and fabulous fabric!
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  11. I can't believe you have Aprils bag done already..I haven't even picked my fabrics!! LOL
    I am convinced you don't sleep!!! LOL

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  12. Great job Daryl! and good changes to make it your own!

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  13. Great bag! I'd love to see you join link up with us at the Inspire Us Thursdays! link party at www.theinspiredwren.com.

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  14. What beautiful work Daryl and love the scrappy look! Thanks for sharing.
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  15. What a great bag! I like how it has a zippered top and an adjustable strap.

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  16. Your bag is wonderful! I love the QAYG flap... such great colors and fabrics!

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  17. That bag is the cat's meow, baby! Sew pretty and lovely features!

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  18. So cute... love how unexpected (to me anyway!) that delightful lining is. That really makes a bag extra special and I must remember that when I venture into bag making.

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  19. Darn Cute! What a fun purse!! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. You are seriously so talented Daryl! I love the pop of the kitties inside. Kinda adds a happy surprise!

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    1. This made a perfect addition to our Tuesday Archives Chevron Theme this week! Thanks for rejuvenating it! :)

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  21. What a stunning flap with the chevrons, ric rac and French knots... LOVE it!!!

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  22. I know this isn't the one you made for the tour, but I really love this one! The chevron piecing is beautiful!

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  23. I really love that bag... especially the lining fabric.

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