Why Designing Your Own Bag Is Better? By: Connie Isidora In the world of fashion, you can design your own bag. Each year, there are fashion shows and runway events to tell you what’s in and what’s out. The probably with some of these fashion styles is they are expensive to own. When you have the opportunity to embrace the seasonal trends on your own, it gives you more creativity. Messenger bags are one of the most popular types of bags for men and women. It’s a classic design that’s easy to wear. The fact that it’s gender neutral makes it that much more desirable. When it comes time to shopping for one, it’s best to plan on designing your own bag. What is a Messenger Bag? A messenger bag is named as such because it’s the same style as bike messengers carry. There’s a wide shoulder strap that can be worn across your body. It can hang down by your side or you can sling it across your back. The messenger bags are typically rectangular. This provides plenty of room for magazines, books, envelopes and even an iPad or laptop. Often you can find three sizes – small, medium, and large. This gives you the chance to choose the size that you want. If you have a lot, then you can opt for the larger size. If you only have a little, then there’s no need buying larger than what you actually require. The closure of the messenger bag will greatly depend on the manufacturer. The front flap will either use buckles or Velcro in many cases to stay closed. Some will simply flop over, too, with no formal closure. The kind you choose will ultimately be based on your personal style. Why You Should Design Your Own Bag Creativity and self-expression is important. When you want a stunning bag to carry all of your belongings around town, you may not want to go with a name brand bag. This may be due to the high costs or simply because you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for. Both of these are reason enough to take matters into your own hands. There are a lot of fashion shows on television that show people creating their own fashions. Why? Because they have decided to take matters into their own hands. If you don’t like what you see on the shelves of your favorite department store, then do something about it. Creating your own bag is actually easier than you might think. You will need to decide if you want to create the entire bag or just design the outside of it. Either one is acceptable. It will all depend on your level of skill and the time you have to dedicate to the project. Sewing Tips for a Messenger Bag When you design your own bag, there’s no rule that says you have to create all of the designs from scratch. It’s important to try and simplify the process as much as possible. This means starting with a pattern to help you out. Check out the basic design and the dimensions on the various patterns before you buy one. Consider the type of fabric you want to use. This is your messenger bag and so you’re in control. Some of the most popular materials include: - Leather - Canvas - Cotton Take a stroll through a store that sells some different messenger bags. Look at what you do and don’t like. Read the tags to see what they are made of. Identify all of the characteristics you do like. This will make it easier to integrate the designs into your own bag. To design your own bag, you will need a sewing machine. If you don’t have a sewing machine, it doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy one. There are many fabric stores that will rent the machines by the hour. The benefit to this is that there’s always someone around to ask for help from when you need it. If creating a messenger bag from scratch seems too far out of your league, then look for one that is already made but provides you with a blank canvas. This will allow you to add all of the decorations and applique that you want without having to worry about actually manufacturing the entire thing from start to finish.