Alternate title: Skylar’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Bag
The first problem was my solution to the what-the-hay-is-hair-canvas problem. I wanted the messenger bag to be sturdy, so I chose some thick Pellon fusible. After ironing it onto all the fabric, I immediately regretted this decision. I spent the afternoon wishing I had chosen something (anything!) else. I had the worst time during construction ever. Except maybe the last time I tried to use the same type of Pellon. I learn from my mistakes about as well as my fifth graders.
The Pellon was so thick I had to use a jeans needle after I broke a regular needle the first time I had to sew two pieces together. Also, I am now averse to gussets. Curves + Pellon = lots of shouting that may have scared my husband.
The bright side? After all the adjustments, yelling, and spending essentially an entire day on something that should have taken a few hours to do, I now have a pretty fabulous messenger bag for work.
I do love the D ring on the side so I can clip my keys on. I think in the future I will add some pockets to the front beneath the flap, and also on the inside. Maybe some little ones perfect for pens and pencils. I used a fabric fusible Velcro for the closure, and I am never sewing on Velcro again! I love this stuff! I was skeptical at first, but now I’m a convert.
Have you had a project that went awry? Let’s learn from each others’ mistakes.