Today is the day – off to school!  Yesterday we went and got new shoes for each of the girls, happy smiles all around.  Shortly after school ended in June, Ella and I talked about a new bag for her.  She decided that she wanted a messenger bag, and I asked if we should make it.  Being my assistant and seamstress in training she was happy to accept!

Of course I left it until the week before school.  Of course!

I gave her some Oz yardage, and had her cut out some flowers and leaves.  I had been saving a link to a messenger bag tutorial, so that was easy.  I love it when other’s do the math for me!

She’s quite happy with the outcome!  The only change I made to the tutorial is the strap – I cut it twice as wide and folded it to the center.  I detest turning tubes around, it’s just a little extra fabric, and a sturdier strap in my opinion.

The exterior is linen, to show off the applique, but the interior is happy yellow floral.

I’m actually tempted to keep it as my own, but I know that Ella will take good care of it and really enjoy using it.  The appliqué there on the flap, is simply flowers from a large scale print.  I zig-zag appliquéd them into place after we starched them a number of times, per Natalia’s suggestion.  Ella’s had fun showing her friends here in the neighborhood her new bag, and excited to go to school today!

Sneak Peek::

My next quilt project in progress —

I’m a bit further since I took this picture…I love chain piecing!

I hope you are well and blessed today ~


PS – I found Oz fabrics available still here, here, and here.