My brother turned 22 last week! He mentioned that he could use a new messenger bag. He has been using the bag I made for myself to carry books and whatnot during college. I knew I still had the pattern too, which made it easy, Butterick See & Sew Pattern # 4583. Not sure if it’s still a current pattern, but there are plenty of similar messenger bag patterns out there.
Since it was my second time around using the pattern, I figured I would actually follow the directions correctly. I tend to start with the directions, and then eventually abandon them to figure the steps out on my own. Not a bad technique, but I’m starting to use patterns more as teaching tools to learn new sewing skills.
I wanted this bag to be extra strong too, because my brother was born for academia! I’m sure he is carrying around much bigger books than I ever did! So I used a heavyweight fusible interfacing, and doubled up on it, fusing it to the outside and the lining; whereas the pattern only calls for one layer of lighter interfacing. It made for a pretty sturdy bag; we will see how it holds up! I added a zippered pocket inside, and made another pocket into a pen holder, making it a perfect school bag!