The first two messenger bags I made using the pattern from Oliver + S book, were gifts for my nieces, but I loved the design so much, I wanted one to keep. Liesl has given the messenger bag in two sizes, so this time around, I made the bag in the largest given size. No matter which size you make, this design is a fantastic canvas for combining favourite fabrics and/or embellishments.
(another from my bountiful thrift stash) and just removed the prong that would secure the buckle to the holes in a belt. This way the strap will slide smoothly through the buckle, just like a slider is meant to. I also included the inset zippered pocket on the back of my bag, bringing the total number of pockets on my bag up to six. I like to keep the contents of my bags organized so I can't have too many pockets!
wallet and other purse paraphernalia (such as this matching wristlet), from the one I made last year, into my new bag.