One of my coworkers came to me this winter to find out if I had time for a commission piece – her 3 year old son was asking for a purse for Christmas, since his mom and his sister both have one, and she was hoping to have a messenger-style toddler sized bag made for him in some boyish fabrics. After finding a couple of tutorials online – I ended up using the measurements from Zaaberry and Merriment Design… and of course, modifying them. I added an interior slip pocket, a magnetic closure, because velcro is evil, and then I added a top zippered gusset, a la Noodlehead’s Campfire Messenger Bag, and also attached the flap in the style of that bag, rather than sewing it into the top seam – I thought it would create too much bulk with the zippered gusset.
For the outer fabric, I used a cotton khaki ripstop fabric for some fun durability, along with a small Flash patch. I’m sure it’ll give somebody hives that I combined Marvel and DC Comics in the bag – the lining is a retro Marvel comic fabric, but my coworker doesn’t mind, and her 3 year old doesn’t care!
I like adding zippered gussets to bags – especially bags for kids, because honestly, now often is a kid’s bag going to stay right-side up? I also added a small interior slip pocket
She gave me permission to share his photos on here, so you can see how much of a success it was!
This big smile was Christmas morning! I made sure to make the shoulder strap long enough to be worn cross-body for easy toting around. It sounds like I’ll have another in the works shortly for this little guy’s older brother 🙂