I was asked by a friend to do two custom bags for her and her daughter. She gave me an army bag and mail bag to create a messenger bag and her father’s military bag. I planned it out and when the design came to mind I went for it. I created a super cute messenger bag with a big front pocket, utilizing the print from the mail bag. I used the adjustable strap from the army bag and some leather of my own. I took the pockets from the army bag and sewed them inside for a cell phone, make up, whatever. It’s utilitarian, feminine and chic.
For the military bag, I was really nervous to do anything to it. I am a very sentimental person and was scared to make the first cut. I reinforced the bottom with leather and added a strap and a little peace dove wooden zipper pull. I thought it was perfect.