Messenger man bag project for Sewing world magazine

This was the first project I wrote for a product suitable for a guy. It was printed earlier this year in Sewing World magazine.

Whether you are a male sewer wanting to make something for yourself or someone wanting to make a man a gift hopefully this project ticks some of those boxes.

I made this in a woolen fabric lined with a designer striped shirting fabric. I was temped by a canvas version with a quirky cotton print lining. Its great how the fabric you use can change the personality of an item and therefore suit everyone’s taste.

I found an amazing source of bag clasps and fittings which makes designing bags for anyone an easy task. Grizzly Green has all the bits and pieces you would need to make most styles from functional to decorative bag types for girls, guys and kids!

If you would like to make this project but missed the magazine you can buy back issues of the magazine from the Sewing World website. I am of course always happy to help you make the project at my classes too!

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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