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High Street Messenger Bag… kind of

messenger bag
messenger bag
I’ve been making some messenger bags for Etsy and the Beehive Bazaar all week. My kids and their friends each have their favorite bag picked out- this one with the owl is getting the highest score so far.
I’ve been using the Amy Butler High Street Messenger Bag pattern- not so easy to follow, let me tell ya. And I’ll tell you why: instead of printing a picture to go along with every step, there are a few steps pictured and a wordy explanation for the rest of the steps.
It is so much easier to follow illustrations for each step- like a regular sewing pattern. It’s like trying to teach someone how to tie knots with only words and no pictures- 100 times harder without the pictures. Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’ve followed too many Butterick patterns over the years.
So, after picking out lots of mess-ups, I finally got it right. Now I have been altering the pattern a bit here and there. I changed it to a squarer shape, added a tiny cell phone pocket on the side, took off the magnetic tab on the front for closing, to keep the magnet from perhaps harming a computer, if put inside.


  1. CarrieAnne

    November 23, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Can you make a hot pink one with black skulls on it? Or a black one with hot pink skulls? Just the combo of hot pink and skulls…can you work with that?

    I’m not too picky. 😉

  2. Sunshine Abby

    December 21, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I was hoping I could still buy one of those owl messenger bags. I missed the show but I’ve been trying to find a bag like that everywhere!

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