I loooove this panda fabric. Had to order it at least a year ago for Natalie. Saved it for the perfect project I think.
I had originally thought I could pull off this messenger bag for her birthday in May, but I'm glad I waited. Sometimes I have a distinct vision of how fabrics will look in a certain project, but other times I don't, and so I wait.
[couldn't help but add the panda holding a balloon patch, I'm a sucker for pandas with pink balloons]
It's the Messenger Bag from Little Things to Sew by Leisl Gibson. A really awesome book that has just about anything you might want to sew for little people. This is the small child size, I can see the adult size being really cool too.
She loved it when I gave it to her last week, she said I was the most awesome mom and was most impressed by the adjustable strap! I love it too, gotta use those more often.
Only thing I would change next time would be to add another layer of interfacing to the back/flap piece to make it a little less floppy, but other than that, it's fun to see it getting toted everywhere.
Panda fabric purchased from SuperBuzzy, the one I have is gone, but here are some more choices
bias tape, handmade using Robert Kaufmann Essex Linen in Hot Pink
Lining is Authentic by moda, out of print, but Sweetwater is coming out with Mama Said Sew which has a couple cute text fabrics
black and white dots, unsure, but they sure are a good staple to have around!
oh, and I almost forgot, the strap is Summersville by Lu Summers for Moda
p.s. I think I'm saving my tutorial that I mentioned for the beginning of next week, I want to sew up more samples!! it's that fun!