Keeping a Gift for Myself

Last year, I made this messenger bag with every intention of giving it away as a Christmas gift.

Instead I decided it didn’t suit anybody on our list and tucked it into my closet. Surely, I would find somebody to give the bag to next year.

That year is this year. The gift list has been made because I’m crazy about Christmas and love to start shopping in late summer.

The result is the same though. I’ve made several excuses as to why I can’t give the bag away. It all comes down to the simple fact that I don’t believe anyone will love the bag as much as I do.

So, I’m keeping it.

Pattern: Messenger Bag by Sew Liberated

Fabric: Denim recycled from an old pair of jeans, 100% cotton in polka dots purchased from Pottstown Sewing store and 100% cotton in pink elephants purchased from Walmart

I found the section on the making of the exterior pocket to be confusing. I actually had to recut the pattern pieces because I had stitched it inside out or maybe upside down. It’s been over a year since I made it. I forget what I did wrong.

The rest of the pattern was straight forward and I do love the way the bag turned out. I suppose that’s obvious since I refuse to give it away.


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