Since it’s a frozen tundra out there and I have no desire to leave the house this week, I managed to finish the messenger bag!
This bag is pretty small, but completely awesome and adorable! I’ve been trying to carry smaller bags so don’t load them up and then have to carry a heavy tote, so smaller is good right now. It’s just that this is not a “stuff it with everything you’ll need for the day bag” It’s more like a “run into the grocery store hands-free” bag.
What I liked:
I thought the outside elastic pockets would be time consuming and not so useful, but I love them! I put my mini water bottle on one side (the mini-sized bottle is from Traders, again I use them so my bag is not as heavy) and my reusable grocery bag is on the other side. Inside is my notebook, keys, wallet, keys, wipes, pouch with my meds, inhaler, etc. a brush, pens, etc. The inside is about the same size as the other Keyka Lou bags, but the pockets on the outside add a bit more room. I also LOVE the strap length, as it fits cross-body even with my heavy winter coat. I’ve been taking my wallet and phone out of my bag when I run into stores, but then I forget my list, coupons, wipes, etc, or my pockets are full. This way I have all the essentials and I’m completely hands-free!
What I added:
I added a zippered pocket on the back. Next time I think I will put the zippered pocket on the inside and leave the back open for receipts and stuff. I added a key ring, although it’s a bit too long and perhaps not in the best spot. I need this or I can never find my keys. I made the strap, instead of using webbing simply because I could not find webbing locally. Next time I will order some. I also added a velcro closure. I used extra interfacing because I did not have heavyweight fabric. I used a lightweight twill and then used a layer of fusible fleece on one side, a layer of SF101 on the other and peltex on the bottom. My new machine sewed right through it, so that made me very happy. My other one would have choked 1/2 way through :)
What I would do differently next time: I’m going to use an enlarged version next time, even just 110%. I feel like just another inch will be perfect for me. I find that I am in my bags constantly for wipes (Can you hear me laughing at the Monk jokes?) or my phone and stuff falls to the bottom of this bag because it is narrow. I packed it full to the top, so I had to take stuff out to get to what I wanted. This is normal for me, which is why I tend to carry larger bags :) Making it a bit bigger will be perfect. Also, I won’t use twill. I thought the twill would be more durable but it’s really not. I think I got it at Hobby Lobby. We don’t have a great source for quality fabric around here, except a few quilt shops that carry quilting cotton. This bag would be fantastic in corduroy! I have a few different ideas, so I will be making more of these!
Final thoughts – I highly recommend this. It’s extremely customizable and easily modified to fit your needs. I can see this as a great mini diaper bag or a touring/travel bag or just great for any time you need to be hands free!