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The Unflappable Messenger Bag is one of my designs that’s been hanging on my wall for years waiting to be written. I’d been using it for the school run recently since it fit a small pouch with a couple diapers and wipes fit in the darted front pocket. We live in a scenic tourist area and an area full of deer that run across the road – both reasons you often need to stop fast when driving here – and I remembered why I set the bag aside: It didn’t have a zip, so any time my bag went flying off the front seat, everything fell out. It did have a magnetic snap, but you couldn’t really close the snap when the bag was full. So I decided it was time to zip it up! I LOVE the hidden zipper on the front pocket. It’s absolutely my favorite feature of the bag. I sized the pocket to fit my favorite panels from Geek Garden Fabric. I love that I get so much impact from a single front pocket panel!
The Unflappable Messenger Bag pattern has been available for a while (CLICK HERE for the product listing to read more about it, see more photos, and purchase the pattern) and many of you have already seen or made it, but the reason for this blog post is this: while testing the pattern, some friends suggested making a smaller one, and I thought it was a great idea to try out a few different fabric combinations. Well, I LOVED it. The small size is just perfect! (And so were all the domestic-friendly vinyls and water resistant canvas lining!) So I wanted to share in case the mini version is more your style.
Sometimes scaling bags more than 10% up or down can require modifications to get them just right, and I found this one did need some minor tweaks and a little math to make everything fit together perfectly. I’ve documented my mods here so that you can make one too! CLICK HERE to download the PDF with the suggested modifications for the MINI Unflappable Messenger Bag. I’m happy to answer any questions and please tag me if you make one!!
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Erin, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for adding the modifications here. I’m not on Facebook and I was bummed the modifications weren’t available. I appreciate your hard work, taking the extra time to add info here and your continued “useful” creativity!!!