Imagine my delight to find I'd been paired with an amazing knitter! (Unfortunately she doesn't have a blog but you'll see for yourself when I show you what she sent me!) I've been coveting a cosy pair of knitted socks forever so I knew exactly what I'd be asking for.... In return, Claudia, my partner asked for a bag - across the body, big enough for books and with somewhere to keep her travel pass handy.
I've never made a bag before (other than the occasional tote bag) but I found this simple tutorial for a messenger bag that I thought would fit the bill perfectly. Here is my finished version of the bag -
The fabric is a heavy weight one from IKEA.
The bag is fully lined with some stripey fabric from Sweetwater's Sunkissed range. There are 2 inside pockets and I also added a little key ring clip, handy for keys...
There's a big outside pocket on the bag too -
The tutorial didn't include any kind of closure for the bag so I decided to add a button and make a buttonhole. I used a self-cover button and covered it with red felt. I also used red to do all the top stitching on the bag as Claudia said she liked grey but also bright colours.
And in return.....I received these gorgeous socks!
Pretty and pink.
And here they are being modelled -
And cosy :)
Thank you Claudia! (and Fran for organising the swap!)
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