messenger bag in perfectly perfect kokka fabric

messenger bag from a happy stitchI made another messenger bag.   I made it as a sample for my upcoming messenger bag class at rock paper scissors which is really exciting because the fabric was given to me.  It also means I don’t actually have it in my hot little fingers just yet because it’s busy showing itself off in the shop.  I’m so happy to be teaching at rock paper scissors, it’s such a warm & happy place.  And, what amazing fabric I get to play with.  Isn’t that that most beautiful fabric?  It’s part of the Folk Modern line designed by Ellen Luckett Baker of The Long Thread for Kokka the Japanese fabric company.  I loved her first fabric line, Stamped, and this set of fabrics is just as beautiful.  It’s a thicker weight fabric but not heavy duty thick and the colors are wonderfully bright but playfully sophisticated.  I love it.

messenger in kokkaThe pattern is one I created a while ago because so many people were requesting a messenger bag class and I couldn’t find a bag pattern that I liked enough to ask people to buy it.  It’s one thing to buy a pattern and have it turn out to be a dud but another thing altogether to knowingly ask people to buy a dud pattern.   In the end, I’m so glad I ended up making the pattern because I really love it.  It’s the right size for a slightly girly messenger bag.

Inside the Messenger Bag from a happy stitch

If there is anything annoying about making this bag is the amount of time spent ironing interfacing.  There is a lot of interfacing in this humble bag.  It uses a magical combination of heavyweight Heat N Bond as well as mediumweight and lightweight Pellon interfacing to give it shape without being stiff.  I love when I find the right combination of interfacing to give a bag structure without any weird creasing that screams “This bag has interfacing in it!”.

My plan is to write up a messenger bag pattern to add to the shop this winter.  Of course, I have lots of plans and I never really know which one is going to bubble up to the top.  One of the things holding me back is I have to figure out how to make pdf pattern pieces that are larger than one page.  Anyone have experience with that?  I’d love your assistance if you do.


5 Comments on messenger bag in perfectly perfect kokka fabric

  1. Daniela D
    October 13, 2013 at 9:15 am (4 years ago)

    Can’t wait to take the class! I’ll email you about the pdf pattern. Think I can help you with that.

    • ahappystitch
      October 13, 2013 at 11:18 am (4 years ago)

      Can’t wait to have you in class! How fun! Thanks for your offer to help with the pdf, I will take you up on that baby.

      • Daniela D
        October 14, 2013 at 11:49 am (4 years ago)

        I promise I will behave in class. ; )

  2. Jill @ Made with Moxie
    October 14, 2013 at 10:06 am (4 years ago)

    I’d ask Rachael of imagine gnats. She tiles her patterns seemingly easily. My pattern is six pages, but I drew it tiled then digitized it instead of vice versa. Will you tell me the secret once you’ve figured it out?

    • melissa q.
      October 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm (4 years ago)

      OOh, good thinking. It’s looking like my lovely friend Daniela might just do it for me….so that could be the secret!


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