School starts here in 19 days. Can you believe it? It's the price we pay for starting vacation in mid-May I guess. I'm on top of things for once though and managed to make Avery's requested school bag with plenty of time to spare!
Avery originally wanted a tote with a zipper closure on top, but I convinced her to try a messenger style instead. Since we only had a half yard of the Appleville fabric she wanted to use, I put it front and center on the flap. We then decided on a dirt-hiding grey linen for the body of the bag. The flap is lined with Sevenberry school supplies fabric, the lining is a green seersucker, and the straps and outside pocket are Timeless Treasures organic crosshatch. Yummy!
I used this messenger bag tutorial by mmmcrafts but enlarged the length by 5 inches and the width by 2 to allow for more room. I also increased the seam allowances to 1/2 inch because of the fraying nature of the linen. One thing I wish I could change is the floppy nature of the bag. I interfaced it with fusible fleece, but looking back, I should have also added additional interfacing to stiffen things up a bit. I think I'll tack a fabric-covered piece of plastic into the bottom to add structure and experiment with a different interfacing in the future. The pattern itself is very easy to follow, and the bag came together in a single naptime.
Avery loves it too, although you'd never know it from her serious pre-teen expression.