Happy birthday, little brother!

My youngest brother turned 30 recently and for once I actually sent him something for his birthday. We don’t normally exchange gifts any more, but Mum was going to be visiting his family, so I decided I would make him a bag. This was partly a selfish choice, as I have been wanting to make some bags geared towards men and he will be a great tester. He also has a new baby, so the bag could double as a diaper bag for him – that way he doesn’t have to carry the purple floral bag I sent his partner! Admittedly, he really liked the original bag, but still! There was no way I was going to pass up such a good opportunity to use the Joel Dewberry wood grain print I picked up a few weeks ago!

I modified my messenger bag pattern, changing the overall size and pocket configurations to accommodate his needs. In addition to the diapers, wipes, change mat, change of clothes, toys etc, he also needs to carry his insulin and testing equipment, so I incorporated appropriate pockets for these items. The bag has a wide, adjustable strap, so it can be worn on one shoulder, across the body or even over the stroller handles.

Andrew's man bag

Interior

Pockets under the flap

The bag has several pockets under the flap, two wide and deep pockets inside and a large pocket across the back of the bag. I use three coordinating prints, two from Joel Dewberry and another striped outdoor fabric which should be very hard-wearing. It isn’t always easy to find fabrics that suit a masculine aesthetic and are still appropriate for bag construction. Considering how much he liked the other bag, I don’t think he’ll mind the small touch of flora in this. I am really pleased with how it turned out and hope he is too!

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~ by Pip 'n' Milly Creations on June 15, 2010.

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