This is my Leather Messenger Bag, I wanted something that I could carry my laptop in and also use to carry just about anything else in. I have used distressed cow leather in a burgundy colour. I wanted something that would stand up to years of use but not something that I worry about it getting marked up.
This is my own pattern that I designed as I went along to be able to add everything that I wanted in it.
I have a pocket that the computer slides into that I have added a leather strap that holds it closed so my laptop stay in place. I have a large zippered pocket, that stays flat until you place things in it and then it expands as it is pleated at the bottom. I have also added a leather strap and toggle hook to hold my keys so they don't end up at the bottom of the bag. I used a fusible fleece attached to the lining and added horse hair interfacing, it is free floating from the top of the lining front to back to help the lining not stretch too much when the bag is fully loaded. If I make myself or anyone one I will go looking for a heavy fusible Pellon interfacing. I have a hard time finding it in my area.
I suggest when sewing with leather to check your bobbin regularly. Back stitching on leather while top stitching never looks right. I always tie off my ends instead of back stitching while top stitching taking the extra time produces a more professional look.
Now to add a little bling to the bag by adding purse jewellery. I was able to try Janelle's new "handmade" hardware. Janelle from Emmaline will have these in her shop soon. She also came up with a zipper flog that says handmade as well. I'm in love with this purse jewellery, I can see me adding these to more items in the future. I think these take your bags to a whole new level, maybe even making people think that it is a name brand. I didn't want to take away from the Maple Leaf or the handmade hardware, so I used magnetic snaps as the closures for the bag.
Well I'm now Traveling Handmade for the Sewing Summit, I can't wait.