The flap was pieced and quilted separately and I really like how it turned out. I did some outline & FMQ on a handful of the herringbone units.
I followed the tutorial from Marion over at My Quilt Diet here. She does a great job of explaining just what a temple bag is, and I L-O-V-E this oversized messenger bag!
|Pocket #1 Back exterior|
If I make it again (and I'm almost positive I will) there are just a couple of adjustments I'd make. On the flap, I'd made it about an inch wider and shorter. It doesn't quite close up as tightly as I like. I'd also place the largest inside pockets up about an inch and bring them in about an inch on each side so they're just a tich smaller. This is because when I boxed the corners, it got caught. Not a huge big deal, but easily fixed.
|Pockets #2 & 3 Back interior|
|Pockets #4 & 5 Front interior|
|Pocket #6, 7, & 8 Front exterior (under flap)|
One thing I wouldn't change ... the pockets--8 of 'em! I'll definitely use her technique for zipper pockets again and I love how some of them were pockets inside pockets. This thing is so sturdy, too. I feel like I could use it as my subbing bag and it would do just fine hauling around all my every-day stuff (which is why I'm seriously thinking about making another one.)
This is a great sized bag that measures 12" tall x 18-1/2" wide x 5-1/2" deep. The strap finishes at 45" and hangs beautifully at my hip.
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