Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Introducing the Amaya Messenger Bag

I'm excited to be releasing the Amaya Messenger Bag! This bag was the brain child of my dear friend Amy's daughter, as she wasn't able to find the exact style of bag she wanted for school. Amy is also an amazing bag maker and Embroidery Designer wiz, and also happens to be one of the most amazing people. If you embroidery or just like super cool stuff, you can check out her stuff here.  I was excited to design a bag just for her daughter, Amaya. Thus, the Amaya messenger was born!
This is a messenger style laptop bag, that was designed for maximum functionality and organization. The two flap design allows you to keep a laptop up to 16" stored securely in the hidden pocket, and also keeps it separate from your folders, books and files. So often laptop bags are designed just to hold laptops, and leave very little room for any other items you need to tote with you. 
The bottom flap also doubles as a large zippered pocket, the entire size of the flap. This is perfect for those of us who have a perhaps, large pen or pencil collection (hey, I'm a sucker for fun pen colors!). 
Under the bottom flap, are yet more pockets! 4 slip pockets that are perfect for keys, phones, pens, or anything you want to keep in easy reach. 
The lining continues with more pockets! A large zippered pocket for important or discreet items, and a large divided slip pocket in mesh or vinyl, which is perfect for storing chargers or components neatly. 
Secure your bag with a swivel hook and D ring combo, or bling it up and use side release buckles, either would work perfectly and you'll see my testers used both!
The approximate measurements of the finished bag are 16" W x 12" x 3" D. 
I used Michelle of Barabooboo finished bags for the cover of the bag and in the shots above. If you haven't checked out Michelle's work, you are missing out! Her bags are always show stoppers and this one is no exception! She used waxed canvas and this stunning Tula Pink fabric on hers. 


Mary of Nellie Blue's Place did another gorgeous Tula Pink combo, this time paired with leather! It's so sleek with the black and purple! Check out more of Mary's fab work on facebook and Instagram






Barbara of Made by the Bag Lady chose to use cotton and denim on hers, and this robot print is adorable!! She also added a handle to hers, which is a wonderful touch! She also added a small hidden pocket inside the laptop pocket for a super secret surprise pocket!




Natalie of Sew Hungry Hippie made this super luxe faux leather version and it's so super HOT!  If you don't know Natalie, you are missing out!! She is an amazing designer, a super inspiration and sells the most INCREDIBLE vinyl in her shop! It's so awesome to work with, and adds some posh to each bag! Check her out on facebook for some serious eye candy, or check out her website to get your hands on some awesome patterns and vinyls or just check out some of her awesome tutorials. 


Abbe of Just an E knocked it out of the park by showing how awesome a large scale print looks on this bag! She opted to skip the long strap closure to showcase the print, instead sewing the strap closure piece into her flap. You can check out more of her awesome work on Instagram here.


Tara of Uh-Oh Creations knocked it out of the park with this incredibly classy leather version! It's so perfect for a professional, and shows how this is a perfect unisex pattern! Tara just released her latest pattern, and it's so fab!! You can check out her makes on Facebook or grab her patterns here




1 yard of Exterior Main Fabric
 .5 Yard Exterior Accent Fabric or Vinyl 
2 Yards of Lining Fabric 
6 Yards of Woven Fusible Interfacing (such as Pellon Shapeflex 101)
.5 Yard of Foam Stabilizer (Such as By Annie’s Soft and Stable or Pellon Flex Foam) 
17” x 8” of Clear Vinyl or Mesh 
.25 Yard of Fusible Fleece 
(1) 14” #3 Zipper 
(1) 10” #3 Zipper 
(2) 1.5” Swivel Hooks 
(1) 1” Swivel Hook 
(1) 1.5” Adjustable Slider 
(2) 1.5” D rings or Triangle Rings 
(1) 1” D rings or Triangle Rings **Note: you may wish to use a side release buckle in place of the 1” Swivel Hook and D-ring** 
17” Double fold bias tape (or you may make your own)
This bag is rated for an intermediate sewist, but a confident beginner should be able to complete this bag, as long as they are familiar with easing curves and installing zippers. 
You can grab this pattern on the website, and on sale for a limited time for 6.95 USD. The bag will go up to regular price on 8/26/19. The pattern includes full color photo instructions, and all pattern pieces to make this bag. 
I do hope you like this pattern and I would love to see what you make!!! Grab your copy HERE

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