Guess who was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Seamstress Erin's new messenger bag?
Moi, bien sur!
ACHATINA MESSENGER BAG
Don't you love the pattern artwork?
Erin is an indie pattern designer with a funky, fun vibe. She designs basics with a creative twist, and provides lots of options for us to personalize a pattern and make it our own. The Achatina bag is no exception. This is a basic bag pattern that every seamster should have in their repetoire. It can be interpreted in many different ways!
Have an amazing fabric you want to show off, but just can't quite see yourself wearing it as a garment? Make an Achatina bag. Wanting to try out machine applique, but not sure what to applique? Erin's pattern provides cute applique options. Need a man purse? Achatina can easily be made of leather or canvas.
So what did I make, you ask?
I started by making a music bag for a talented young violinist I know, using the music note applique provided in the pattern.
These two are made from cotton blend twill and quilting cotton. The black and white print is actually a music score. If you make an Achatina bag from cotton or any medium weight fabric, be sure to interface the bottom,sides, and strap.
Next I went for a creative interpretation of the pattern sewn from a scrap of vegan leather:
More messenger bags are definitely in my sewing future. Erin offers bonus packs with additional applique patterns on her website, including animal, nature, travel, and other themes. Here are a few of my favorites:
Piper needs an Eiffel Tower bag, non?
Hurrah for indie patterns!
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