Presenting The Button Tab Messenger Bag . . .My kids are no longer ‘little’ kids. They are definitely medium sized and it has been a while since I have needed to bring nappies, wipes, tissues, etc with me every single time I leave the house! My gorgeous patchwork bags were too big so I wanted a neat little hand bag to hold my essentials.
My stash is full of gorgeous fat quarters that I bought because I fell in love with them but, without a specific project in mind, they have remained unused in my stash. This pattern is perfect for using up one of those fat quarters. Throw in 1/2 yard for the lining fabric and you may well be able to pick out the rest of the fabrics from your scraps.
When choosing the buttons, I highlighted the accent colours of the main print.
How cute is this fabric? I couldn’t resist adding a bound pocket inside the bag. Not only is it handy for storing coins and keys, but I like the idea of these little cats lurking away inside the birdy bag!
The Little One loved this rabbit print, which I got from Village Fabrics at a sewing fair. The Little One is still animal mad! I paired black and white with the buttery yellow colour of the main bag and I was happy with the effect.
Initially, I added proper button-holes to the tabs but it was fiddly to do up and undo the bag so I changed the design to use snap fasteners which works much better! I added the buttons to the front of the tabs just for decoration. As you know, I’m always happy to buy more buttons!
This is the view of the back of the bag. It is a quick bag to sew and is a good choice for those who don’t have much experience of bag-making as the pattern is so straight-forward.
Get your copy of the Button Tab Messenger Bag now!
Check out my other bag patterns! The best-selling Pinwheel Bag and the large Apple Tote Bag.
What type of bag do you use most often? Do you have preference on how it is closed? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!
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Sparkle On with Abbie says
Your button bags are fabulous Sandra!
I so love kitty fabric and the little one’s rabbits are adorable.
These are a perfect Christmas project.
Sandra Healy says
Thanks for your lovely comments, Abbie! My daughters always love choosing fabrics, just like their mother!
Leanne Parsons says
I love it! What a beautiful, simple but elegant design 🙂 I would definitely prefer the snaps over buttons, but the buttons make for a great design element.
Sandra Healy says
I’m delighted you like it, Leanne! I thought the secret snaps was a good compromise between design and functionality. The bags were fun to make. Thanks for taking the time to comment!