P&B Pattern Shop has some really cute bag and stuffed animal patterns. This cute mermaid messenger bag was the first P&B pattern I tried, quickly followed by the pirate bag.
My daughter wanted to be Ariel for Halloween when she was three, so of course I made her costume and bought her the funniest red wig! For twelve years I have held on to the left over fabric from that costume. This mermaid bag was perfect project for the fabric and absolute proof that it is necessary to save every scrap of fabric!
The pirate bag was up next, and since I have all girls it was made with a rainbow hologram skull, which is not the easiest thing to photograph.
When I think of pirates, I think treasure maps. So, for the lining of the flap I made a treasure map. I cut the flap lining out of felt. I then cut out various shapes of felt for the water, palm trees, compass and red X. I stitched each piece down using my sewing machine. I used embroidery floss to hand stitch the red line. The first time I made my map I accidentally sewed it upside down, so remember that with the bag open your velcro will be at the top of your flap.
My girls love their new bags!
Pattern: Mermaid Messenger bag and Pirate Messenger bag from P&B Patterns
Modifications: Lengthen the strap as needed.
Recommendations: These bags are great for using fun fabrics. You can even try your own treasure map!