Friday, August 16, 2013

Puppy Love Messenger Bag

A couple of years ago I discovered the wonderful messenger bag pattern in  the book
My first version is shown here and the second version is here.  For both of these bags I featured owls, but with my latest bag being a gift for a "puppy crazy" niece, I came up with something special.
A (fussy cut) sweet pup with a monogram seemed the perfect adornment on the front flap
with another wee pup on the back of the bag.
Open the flap on the bag ...
to find cute puppies everywhere!
Couldn't resist stamping a special label. ;o)
A peek at the stamps and fabric pens I used to stamp onto twill tape to make my custom label.
This is the third time I've paired corduroy with quilting cottons to make this bag and I love the results.  Other than adding the inset pocket on the back of the bag, I followed the pattern.  Ahem, although there was my "brilliant" (choke, snort) idea to add fusible fleece to the bag.  It is not something I will repeat - good thing my trusty old Singer doesn't balk at lots of layers.  Even though the fusible fleece gave lovely shaping to the finished bag, it also made the bag sides resist the draping of the flap over the front (which is why you can see the pockets when the bag is closed ... leading to me adding a magnetic clasp).   If I was to even consider fusible fleece the next time I use this pattern, I would extend the length of the flap to avoid this problem.
Love that vintage strap slider from my stash!
 Oh, just so you know, Liesl's messenger bag pattern also includes an adult sized version (which I've also made... shown here).  It's a brilliant pattern that I obviously love. :o) 

Linking up my happy finish with Amanda Jean's


  1. Katherine, this is so fantastic! Great pattern and you have chosen best fabrics. The dog label and your stamped name are the cherry on the cake! x Teje
    Ps. has a good link party for bags on Tuesdays!

  2. Gorgeous! Love all the detail! The ones you made with the owls and the one for yourself are fantastic as well!

  3. Awwwwwwwwwwwww Auntie Katherine - you made ME a puppy dog messenger bag for YOUR birthday - how thoughtful of you - thank you! It's just right - I can't wait :D Oh --- it's for a DIFFERENT S??!! *grits teeth and kicks the sand* Well - it's still adorable - the doggy appliques and embellishments add just the right finish - your niece will love it :)

  4. Aw, that turned out so cute!! Great job - and good tip about the fleece! Being an auntie is awesome, eh? :-)


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