Bag Lady

13 Dec


Bag Lady…that’s me.  I have a thing for purses, sacks, bags and wallets of any kind and apparently I was born this way.  My mother tells me that when I was a little girl I had a mountain of purses that were filled with bags that were filled with wallets.  And I can honestly tell you that it is still the case and that I have one daughter who seems to have inherited the same fixation (better than booze or drugs, no?).


 Last week I finished up sewing my first messenger bag.  It involved a pattern of approximately 30 different pieces in three different materials (not including the interfacing).  It took me over three hours to just cut it all out!  The bag is completely reversible and has 8 pockets.  I used a polka dotted linen that I bought in Japan last spring for one side and a striped canvas from Max Mara for the other side.  It’s gorgeous. 1-IMG_4633Considering I put 6 hours into making this messenger bag I’m not sure how many I’ll be sewing up in the future.  Here is a great tutorial for a simpler version of a similar messenger bag (without pockets).

1-IMG_4627Now off to wrap it up for my fellow bag-loving daughter.  I think she’ll be able to fit at least 6 more bags inside this one.

ps…I’m over on the wonderful Tasmanian blog The Brothers Trimm talking about Christmas traditions…go take a peek!


10 Responses to “Bag Lady”

  1. GrammaO December 13, 2012 at 13:43 #

    Such a great bag with a really interesting choice of fabrics. And yes, your past is littered with “wonderful containers” – not only bags, but boxes, envelopes, file cabinets. This purse is one of your best (hint, hint, your Muma loves it)

  2. giova brusa December 13, 2012 at 16:19 #

    That is so funny, I was a bag girl too when I was little. My radio, pens, paper and mint cigarettes. Super cool messenger bag, and in love with the fabric!

  3. corinnepaulette December 13, 2012 at 17:16 #

    That bag is just beautiful! You are so clever. What a lucky daughter…

    • Jillian in Italy December 13, 2012 at 22:18 #

      I’ll give it as a gift to my daughter but I have a feeling I’ll be using it a lot as well….

  4. cilia1cilia steyaert December 14, 2012 at 09:07 #

    dag jill
    wondermooi zou ik dat patroontje eens mogen lenen?

  5. cilia1 December 14, 2012 at 09:08 #

    zo wondermooi
    zou ik dat patroontje eens mogen lenen

  6. Deepa December 14, 2012 at 11:23 #

    I’ve been thinking about making a diaper bag from a simple tutorial I found on Pinterest, but I find the prospect daunting. Now your thirty-piece messenger bag makes me feel like a wimp! What an amazing job you did!
    P.S. I’m a bag lady too. I think I got it from my mom 🙂

    • Jillian in Italy December 14, 2012 at 17:45 #

      Hmmm…making a diaper bag is a big project. And there are so many beautiful ones out there on the market (that probably cost way less than making it yourself). I have to admit that I would probably just buy one. Wait a few years and make the little one a bag for the first day of nursery school!

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