Fabric Selection for the Achatina Messenger Bag

Choosing fabric for the Achatina Messenger Bag is pretty easy – because it’s a bag and not a garment there are a TON of different options and the fact that you can interface for added stability and strength (more on that in a future sewalong step) further widens your options. I talk through options and what to look for in the video above. For the main fabric, you want to choose a midweight (up to almost a heavyweight) fabric with minimal stretch. A tiny bit of mechanical stretch is okay (like the super 1970’s polyester I used for all of my original bags), as long as it handles like a stable woven when sewing and carrying it. Within the realm of midweight, you can choose almost any fabric. The most obvious choices are midweight cotton fabrics like denim, canvas, and twills. Just about anything that weight works, so consider other alternatives …

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Achatina Applique Expansion Packs

The whole reason I designed a messenger bag with a big empty front flap was so that I could appliqué fun designs to the front (more about that in the introduction post). When I was getting ready to release the pattern for the Achatina Messenger Bag, I had a hard time deciding on which appliqué patterns to include so I decided to cluster the patterns into expansion packs so that I could release ALL THE PATTERNS! The patterns are all sized to perfectly fit the front flap of your Achatina Messenger Bag but can easily be scaled and used wherever you can imagine them! Appliqué patterns contain from 1 to a dozen pieces per pattern and include order of application and placement marks. Without further ado, here are the 6 appliqué packs currently available, each with a DOZEN unique appliqué patterns!: Tattoo Appliqué Pack: Inspired by popular old-school tattoos this collection …

Achatina Messenger Bag Testers

As I say with every pattern release, no pattern would be possible without the awesome help of my pattern testers, and of course my Achatina Messenger Bag is no exception. It’s always so inspiring to see testers’ lovely versions – I hope you find them inspiring as well! Dangerously Alice used an adorable camera-print Echino cotton with a quilting cotton for her lining. The star appliqué she used can be found in the Tattoo Appliqué Expansion pack. She suggested a bunch of fun ideas for customizing future bags including adding a key clip, adding pockets to the outside of the bag (under the flap), and making the strap adjustable. (Find Alice on her blog, instagram, or twitter) Carolyn made a super fun pirate themed bag out of a denim outer and a thrifted cotton sheet lining (seriously, how awesome is the pirate print!). She comments that the “pattern is well …

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Introducing the Achatina Messenger Bag Pattern

I’m excited to introduce SeamstressErin Designs’ latest pattern – the Achatina Graphic Messenger Bag. It’s a large messenger bag that’s easy to sew and all sorts of fun to customize. Like the giant snail shell for which this bag is named, you’ll want to carry this bag with you wherever you go. The front flap makes the perfect canvas for graphic appliqués or for showing off unique fabrics. It closes with a velcro tab and has an interior pocket with an optional zipper closure (for intermediate sewists). I first designed the bag many years ago when my Great Aunt gifted me several bags of polyester fabric that had belonged to my Great Grandmother when she owned a fabric store in the 70’s. I couldn’t bring myself to wear the thick polyester, but it turned out to make the most wonderful bags that I sewed dozens of them. And of course I couldn’t …