A while back I made this little messenger bag for a friend using this tutorial at NoodleHead (minus the pin tucks). I liked the size of it, but wanted to make a few changes, like make the flap wider and longer.
I had added pockets too, to the one I made for my friend but they went
right to the seams and I thought they either need to be in the seam
allowance all the way or farther away from it, so that was another thing
to work out.
Another reason to make another was that my friend was asked by someone
who liked her bag how much it would cost if I made another one for this
friend. (I discovered while making the pattern again that it is a moot
point, as the tutorial is for personal use only, so I can't even make
one on commission.) In order to know for sure the cost, I wanted to
start from scratch to get the cost of it from start to finish. Thread,
needles, fabric, interfacing etc. Then time it to see how long it takes
me from purchasing to last pressing.FYI, all said and done, it would be
around $30 for materials (rounded up to the nearest dollar) and $40 for
time (5 hours x CA minimum wage of $8p.h.)
$70 for that little bitty bag seems a little crazy to me, but I
passed along the info anyway. I also passed along the tutorial link,
since it is a fairly simple bag to make. She may want to just make her
And having made it again, I still want the flap
wider, I forgot to make it longer so that change still stands and the
pockets seem to be ok, if a little small. I need to put it to use to see
how they work.
I LOVE the fabrics (2 of which are from Bonnie &Camille's "Scrumptious" line), especially that stripe. I really want to go buy the rest of that bolt, but that is not an option.
I am going to enjoy this little bag, even with it's quirks.