:rofl: I'm laughing 'cause this is SOOOO fun!! Thanks for the props, everyone!
Meghan: no pattern, no blog/website, just did it outta my head (which can be dangerous sometimes ). Went to Goodwill (oddly enough, the best picks for me are right when I walk in the door), and on the 1st trip totally scored: the sweater used for the messenger bag is a nice 100% lambswool mens (Large) sweater, and also got 2 (TWO!! :cheering: ) women's cashmere sweaters which I'm planning on felting for shibori later on. Not bad for $3.50 each :happydance: (but wish Goodwill would have dollar days, I seem to be hooked on this!). I just picked the sweater 'cause it was 100% wool, good quality, and cabled all over... waited until it spoke and said "make me a messenger bag!" :teehee:
I felted the entire sweater first, then cut out the front and back. The back I cut out the entire panel, and folded over enough to make the flap and cut it there. Used these shapes to cut out the interfacing (and lining) and ironed the interfacing on. Then put both wrong sides tog and sewed it up (tried doing it in a slightly trapezoidal shape - not entirely successful, but oh well).
I then cut out and sewed on the pockets for the lining, guesstimating where they needed to land (thankfully, ok position). I then put the WS of the lining to the WS of the bag, and sewed it in (w/machine) on just the rim of the bag (i.e., top rim of front panel, and edge of trapezoid flap only). I read alot on the internet that folks handsew it in, which is great if you don't want the seam to show - in my case, I folded over an edge of the sweater (seam allowance) over the lining and interfacing edge, and sewed/created the seam (chk pics out for better idea).
I did add the button (for leather ties - inside flap) before sewing the very top edge of the flap tog, and added more interfacing for the back of the button to the lining to make it sturdier. The copper flower's a pin, so easy. And the suspender attachments were awesome!! - just push a tack thru the material and the outside button locks in! I'd been scratching my head on the straps - didn't have a clue how to do 'em as I hadn't planned that (bad). Worked out great!
This was the first time I'd EVER created a bag like this, took lotsa head scratching :??: and visualizing, and some sketching. Maybe a little ambitious to start with. I searched alot on the web just for ideas, but then came up with my own. Hope that helps!!
Next project: felting another GW sweater, into a rounder bag (this may be done more 'conventionally' - sewing first, then felting. We'll see!).