Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Finished bag

I finished the messenger bag and it was quite a challenge. There were virtually no instructions on putting it together.  I just had to wing it to figure out how to put it together. I added the lettering and swirls after the bag was put together. Some of it didn't turn out quite the way I had intended but I still think its passable for a bag.  The crow was first stamped and then painted. All lettering was done with brush pens.

I decorated the straps with little swirls. This is one of those projects that I think I could evolve over time. The bag piece under the flap is not decorated but I think it might be fun to decorate at a later date.  It might be fun to put an inspiring quote that you'd see every time you opened the bag. For now I think I'll use the bag and see how I like it.


  1. It looks great. I love the swirls on the strap. It is the extra little touch that is sometimes forgotten. Beautiful!

  2. It looks great. You could add stitching from the machine to add interest, or some hand embriodery to some places. Add some beads to others, paper or clay beads would be cool.

    Good Job!

  3. Cute stuff ! I would never be able to just wing it on my own - my sewing skills are pretty limited but what you have created looks great !
    Happy and creative Thursday !

  4. Kim,

    That is what annoyed me about Somerset Workshop, the articles are supposed to be more in depth. Like being in a workshop, but this was really lacking in instruction. A person with limited sewing skills would be lost.

    Peggy, Adding sewing and beads are both great ideas.Thanks.

  5. Kate, your bag turned out great! The colors are beautiful and I like the words you chose plus the swirls. Adding beads or embroidery as Peggy suggested would be a nice touch, too.

  6. your bag looks beautiful as well as practical! good job.

  7. Hi Kate,
    You are always doing great projects. I love messenger bags,especially good for travel.
    Yours is great!
    I like blogging more than FB.

  8. Love the blue in the bag and I think it's a great idea to put an inspirational quote under the flap to see each time you open it. Good job!

  9. It turned out great! Your letters look great! I especially love your swirly strap idea. Very clever. My strap is just a boring old strap! Have I ever told you that YOU ARE AWESOME? It's true, you are.


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