Waverly Fabric and a Messenger Bag

05 September

Did you know that Waverly is turning 90 years old?  They must be doing things right, keeping a strong longevity making linens, stationery, fabric, wallpaper, and more.  Waverly has some beautiful home decor fabrics available at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I just used some to make this beautiful yet sturdy messenger bag.

Messenger Bag made with Waverly fabric from Jo-Ann's via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #waverizeit

The Jo-Ann folks sent me a couple yards of Waverly Button Blooms Spa, a 100% cotton home decor print.  My challenge was to transform something in my life through sewing using this Waverly fabric.  Well, I happen to be in the final stages of designing my own messenger bag pattern, so a messenger bag it is!  I gathered my Waverly fabric and some linen, and started to play, err “work” 😉

Messenger Bag made with Waverly fabric from Jo-Ann's via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #waverizeit

Simply gorgeous fabric, huh?  I love the cool colors.  And the blue is so “me”.  Home decor fabrics make a nice and strong bag, while keeping things stylin’.  Though pretty heavy, the home decor fabric is easy to handle and the non-directional print made sewing easy.

White all-purpose thread worked great throughout – I love not having to change thread in a project.  I used a 12 Sharp/Microtex sewing machine needle at the beginning, then switched to a 16 Jeans/Denim needle later in the bag assembly as the layers began to build.

Also, the blind hem presser foot works great for perfectly straight edgestitching, FYI.

Messenger Bag made with Waverly fabric from Jo-Ann's via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #waverizeit

Linen sides and a pretty little linen pleat 🙂

Messenger Bag made with Waverly fabric from Jo-Ann's via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #waverizeit

My comp book day planner and my iPad fit nicely.  A dotted quilting cotton worked great for the lining.

Messenger Bag made with Waverly fabric from Jo-Ann's via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #waverizeit

The front and back exterior pockets would hold a Kindle, iPad mini, Moleskine journal, or a paperback book.

I’ve made a few prototypes of this bag, but this is the first time I’ve used home dec fabric.  I LOVE the results.  A heavy-duty bag, for sure!  I also love that there is absolutely no hardware on this thing.  All you need is fabric and thread 🙂  And the handle is adjustable – just tie it in a knot to your desired length.

I just might be super-close to being ready for pattern testers.  If you’d like to volunteer your time to make this bag for yourself, contact me.  You would receive the PDF sewing pattern, make the bag and share your honest feedback, and send me digital pics of the finished bag to share on my blog.

Messenger Bag made with Waverly fabric from Jo-Ann's via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me #waverizeit

If you’d like to “Waverize” something of your own, enter the Jo-Ann and Waverly Facebook contest.  During September 1 – 22 2013, you can enter a creation of your own, with a chance to win $1,000 in Waverly fabric and a $250 Jo-Ann gift card!

Jo-Ann and Waverly Facebook contest | joann.com

So, enter the Jo-Ann and Waverly Facebook contest, let me know if you want to test my messenger bag pattern, and check out hashtag #Waverize on your social networks to see what other folks are Waverizing!

 

4 Responses to “Waverly Fabric and a Messenger Bag”

  1. Amy 09/05/2013 at 1:20 pm #

    I love the bag and fabric too, very pretty! Can’t wait for the pattern, Id love to make one!

  2. Xenia 09/10/2013 at 11:38 am #

    The bag is just wonderful, I would very much want to have one like this for myself. I even envy those testers a little 🙂 I don’t have that much experience in sewing, and I guess the volunteers need to have some… Otherwise I would gladly be one of the testers. It must feel great to contribute to such projects. Anyway, I wish this really beautiful bag to pass all the tests successfully 🙂

  3. Donna Boyer 10/08/2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I have been looking everywhere for a perfect sized sling bag for my ipad an new Kindle. This would be perfect!! If you are still looking for pre-testers I would love to try this pattern/tutorial out! Please keep me in mind 🙂 thanks 🙂

    • Angela 10/15/2013 at 3:08 pm #

      Hi Donna! I’ve got you on my list now! I’ll be in touch when we’re ready 🙂

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