The Stem Messenger Bag is by Larissa Holland from mmmcrafts. I tell ya, I read several other blog posts about this project before I dared begin, starting of course with Sew Sweetness, who reminded us about the correct way to measure a gusset. Didn't want to make that mistake again! From The Patchsmith, I garnered the tip to leave at least 6" to turn the final bag. I was super cautious and left 8" and really had no trouble. Where bluepatch quilter missed the step about top-stitching the top of the pockets, I managed to miss the step about sewing the pocket onto the lining all together. Uh oh and oh well.
Anyway, back to the basics. The body and strap of my bag is made of Essex Linen in Putty - lovely to work with. The lining is one of my favs, a brown Wordplay by Michele D'Amore (love her name!). And the leaves on the flap are bits of shot cotton - also a pleasure to incorporate in any project.
A last detail shot before I wrap this post up, showing a peek of the lining and the bag pocket detail.
Linking up with LRstitched and pretty darn proud. Also linking up with Made By ME and amylouwho's sew & tell.