Friday, April 26, 2013

Oliver + S Mini Messenger Bag

This week was Kids Clothes Week... A week to sew clothing for your kids. It's been a fun week for instagram- seeing all of the cute clothes that were created! I can't believe how talented some people are! 
Even though I had grand hopes and ideas for joining in, I guess you could say I kinda- pretty much- failed. No cute clothes were made in my home this week... but I did manage a cute accessory so it wasn't a total fail! ;)

Ever since I got the Oliver + S Little Things to Sew book I have been wanting to make the small messenger bag for each of my girls. (it's probably the main reason I bought to book)


I love Oliver + S patterns because they are written so well and the finished product is neat and professional looking. This pattern did not disappoint... I love the way it turned out and so did  the Little Miss! Score!



When I got this darling Thumbelina fabric a few months ago I didn't really have any idea what I would make with it, but I think this project perfectly showcased the print. 



I am head over heels for these birds, hedgehogs, flowers, and polka dots- and Thumbelina riding a bird with a parasol- it doesn't get much cuter than that!


I used Carnaby Street Rose Girl About Town for the interior of the bag, linen for the handle, and Marmalade Stripe in Leaf  for the bias trim


The fabric that I used for the outside of the bag was a pretty lightweight linen and the interior of the bag was quilting cotton so I ended up making a slight change to the pattern- I used duck cloth in between the two layers to make it a little more heavy duty. (I just used the duck cloth for the main bag flap, the side panels of  and the front panel- so I didn't used it on any of the pockets or pocket flaps- the end result wasn't too bulky or heavy- just the right weight.)


This little messenger bag is the perfect size for my tiny 4 year old- big enough to carry her stuff but not too big to overpower her.


Now the other Little Miss is requesting her very own bag as well... Guess it's off the the sewing machine for me- but who's complaining! I love it when they request I make them something! :)

Have a great weekend! xoxo, Ashley

18 comments:

  1. This is so cute!!!! Love the fabrics you used! I recently made a 241 tote for my daughter shrinking the pattern down of course. I have this book maybe I should make this for my other daughter. Thanks for the reminder of this cute pattern!

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  2. Ash, this bag could not be any cuter. The fabric was perfect. I loved seeing a closer look on here. And your little model?? My goodness. She is as cute as they come. Miss you!!!

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  3. LOVE IT! =D I miss sewing. :( My machine is buried in my craft room. I really need to clean it but things keep getting in the way.

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  4. No wonder Little Miss loves it. Gorgeous fabric and I love the fact that there are two pockets under the flap. You've reminded me I have that book... must dig it out.

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  5. The whole bag is wonderful. Great fabric. Great details. Great model!

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  6. Adorable. I love those pictures of her. This is so sweet. I loved seeing the bag in person tonight, too. xoxo!

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  7. just darling! maybe i need to own this book!

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  8. that is the cutest thing ever!!! i just love the fabric..perfect pics...thx for sharing...

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  9. Wow! Not only is it adorable, but you did an awesome job sewing it!

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  10. I love the messenger bag and am sure both of my girls would love one, too! Great work :)

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  11. this is so gorgeous. Fantastic job, love all the fabrics!

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  12. SO cute! LOVE the fabrics! I need to make some of these as well. Inspiring!

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  13. love the fabrics too! Looks great! I loved this pattern, but haven't made it yet!

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  14. Just love, love, love this cute messenger bag! Your little girl looks so pleased with it ... quite the little model!

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  15. This is gorgeous, Ashley!! Your fabric choices are perfect!

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  16. I love this bag so much! Please share it at my Moonlight & Mason Jars link party!

    Xo,

    Jenn Pilgrim, The Newlywed Pilgrimage

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  17. Hi love the messenger bag! I have ordered the book but wanted to get the fabric ready too- any chance you could message me how much fabric is required? henderkim@hotmail.com

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I honestly love reading every single one! If you have a question you would like answered- be sure to include your email so that I can get back to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
xoxo, Ashley