Monday, October 1, 2012

The Mini Messenger

I know... I know... I have been a blogger M.I.A. for the past few weeks- but with good reason. Over the past month we have had 3 fun visitors come into town to spend a week each. It has been so fun! 

Our first special visitor was my little sis Heidi. We had such a great time together! She had been wanting me to teach her to sew something for over a year now, but we had never gotten around to it until this visit... And to our surprise this gal is a natural!

When deciding on a project to have be her very "first sewing project" we were back and forth between making a blanket, a skirt, or a bag... We ended up deciding to make a bag since she was in desperate need of a new one. 

We headed off to my favorite fabric shop and although it was a tough decision to decide on only one fabric with a shop full of awesome fabrics, she fell in love with this darling  print by Amy Butler. I knew that I had some matching fabric and trim at home to go with it so we headed home and got started. 

It was a lot of fun because we both worked together to come up with the pattern for the bag. Essentially it is the same as the Little Birdie told me Messenger bag so you could definitely follow that tutorial but just modify the measurements to make this bag. We wanted the bag to be tall and skinny instead of a wide bag so the width and height measurement flip flopped and we ended up making it approx. 12x15 inches.

She honestly sewed the whole bag except I put the zipper pocket in for her  (with the help of this awesome tutorial) and helped her a bit with the mini pom pom trim (tricky stuff to sew on! ha ha) but other than that- this was her deal... She was a total natural! She sewed a straight line immediately- something I had to practice! I was so impressed!! It was so fun helping her and seeing someone else enjoy sewing as much as I do. 

While at the fabric shop we found this cute Vallori Wells Little Wallet Pattern- so she used it to make this cute matching wallet to use inside her bag. I loved the pattern. It was so user friendly and would be the perfect beginner project for anyone- even kids. I can't wait to make one for myself and I think it is perfect for a little gift for someone.

Love spending time with my sister! We laughed more than I have laughed in a year. I am so glad to call her "my little sis". 

Watch out "Sewing World"- there is another awesome sew-er on the loose! ;)


  1. love the print AND the bag! I wish my big sis was a great sewer and could teach me too lol :)

  2. Looks great, Ashley! Love the pom pom trim... a perfect match.

  3. I love it! Especially love the little wallet to match. Great print selection :)

  4. New follower!! I wish I could sew.. that is SO stinking cute!


  5. What an awesome bag! I LOVE this print... Thanks for the tutorial at the top, I will definitely be putting this on my to-make list!

  6. Your sis is absolutely adorable, so is that bag! Love that fabric, and the mini pom pom's are so cute! Lovin her pants, too, match that bag nicely;)

  7. Did you use home decor weight fabric? Or quilters weight and use interfacing??


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