i reeeeally enjoyed making this bag! i told my friend i would make her a diaper bag and asked her what colors she wanted. colors. that's all i wanted and i'd figure out the rest. she told me she wanted a pirate bag! i nodded and smiled. inside i thought, this is crazy. where do i even find pirate fabric?!
that's when i discovered how rad amazon is. and online fabric shops.
i found this tutorial long before i had the idea for this bag. i knew the next messenger bag i was going to make, i wanted to use this tutorial.
i used a lot of fusible fleece left over from making a yoga bag.
since the layers were so thick, i didn't want to have to pull everything Right Side Out and then stitch around again. i decided to use (gasp!) store bought binding. it actually worked out pretty well!
the strap... i actually stole from another messenger bag i had. one of those bags they give away at conferences. BUT i found this nifty site and i'm definitely going to use it soon.
the bag is a hit! it's back in my shop for some more pockets on the outside. i insisted. mama didn't want to give it up, i basically had to wrestle her for it back :) it's a good thing her baby is cute.
the rest of this post is heavy with pictures. enjoy!