My previous Messenger Bag was starting to look a little worn out, so I cut off the hardware and reused the cinch buckle and slide/rectangle ring. The hardware still looked brand new, but the fabric had seen better days.
The fabric I used for this is an organic chambray from Fabric Depot. I bought this in the store and I don't see it available on their site. This fabric is heavier and more coarse than the chambray shirting fabric I've had in the past. It would be scratchy for clothing, but is perfect for a bag!
I should make more of these bags. They really don't take very long to sew once the cutting prep work is done. I did drag my feet over cutting out the long strap pieces (had to make space on my cutting table for the fabric!), but it probably took less than 3-hours to make this bag.
Next I'm going to make another of the smallest size--size 3--like this one.
This zip top bag is foundation pieced to flannel on the exterior and quilting cotton scrap fabric on the lining, so it can fold easily and still have body. It's also kind of a refreshing change to sew a bag this way! It's very easy and fast, and instead of needing to cut a bunch of small interfacing/fleece pieces, you just cut a couple larger pieces of fabric and get to work.
Since it has a few pieces, it also has great patchwork potential:
If you want to use this bag for a tall pouch, and don't need it to fold, you can use interfacing and fleece on the pieces.
The bag has two pockets that are held closed with small tabs with magnetic snaps. This is the first time I've used this detail and it's pretty great. It is secure, the tiny tabs are not hard to sew, and you can use them as design details by making them in interesting fabrics.