Let me just say..."I love this bag!" I checked out various different tutorials I could find on craftster and other blogs, and websites and put together my very own bag with the things I needed to be in it. The lining is made similar to a jordy bag so that I could put in a zippered divider, interfaced with fleece...however, I wanted the oustide to be a gusseted bag without patch pockets. (Sorry, but I'm not a big fan of patch pockets) So I put two different style messenger bags together to come up with one perfect bag! :) Maybe I'm biased, who knows??
This first photo is the outside of the bag...my favorite piece is the bright red and white buckle that once belonged to my grandmother, whose favorite color was red. After she passed (13 years ago), some sewing notions were found and they went to my mother, who, incidentally does NOT sew much. So, when I began making bags galore, my mother scavenged through her things and let me have whatever I could use on bags. I found these two buckles (there's another red one I got as well) and knew they would one day grace a bag I would make for myself. This is truly a vintage piece that my grandma purchased back in the 60's.
To the left of the bag on the side, is a cell phone pocket, there's a magnetic snap flap closure with a zippered closure on the top of the bag.
A close up of the vintage red and white buckle that once belonged to Grandma...
This is the front of the bag, under the flap. I added a zipper pocket and just below it is where the magnetic snap closure is. Although, you cannot see it in the picture.
The zippered closure on the top of the bag. This is the first time I have done this on a messenger bag. It was quite the challenge but it turned out well!
A zippered divider with room on either side for my laptop or a 3 ring binder.
This is the back of the bag, which I made into a flat pocket meant for magazines, notebooks or papers...whatever you need.
This is the other side of the bag where I put a cell phone pocket. It's the perfect size for my cell phone, altough there is not a flap to keep the phone in place...I'm hoping the snug fit of the phone in the pocket will help keep it in place. I'll update sometime in the future to let you know if this works or not.