(finished bag, how awesome is this fox??)
Paper piecing intimidates me. Shew, got that out in the open. I'm sure I could probably do it, but for now I'll stick with straight lines in easy patterns for my quilting. (Although there is a Tardis block that would make another awesome messenger bag...) Just look at how cute this one is!
One quilted panel - 15" x 11" plus 6" x 15" strip to attach to the top. (Alternatively, make the original panel 15" x 16 1/2" or cut a piece of fabric to this size for non-paper pieced flap) Mine was pre-quilted for me, but if you are making it yourself, you can quilt or leave plain.
Outer fabric - 2 yards cream canvas
1 yard green bottomweight cotton fabric (slightly thicker than quilting fabric)
lining - 1 yard quilting cotton
--If you aren't doing the quilted panel, you will need extra outer fabric, 1/2 yard should be more than enough.
1/2 yard shapeflex or midweight interfacing (for lining pockets)
1 yard craft weight fusible interfacing
1 yard fusible fleece. Alternatively, headliner foam or soft and stable foam could be used for the outside, but will need to be tacked down.
Velcro - 3/8"x8" sew in Velcro (more if you want to close pockets with it)
18" or longer separating zipper (these are the kinds used for jackets)
Other supplies - thread to match fabrics, zipper foot, pins or clips, sewing machine, rotary cutter, quilting ruler and self healing mat (not absolutely necessary, but it will make life much easier!), tailors chalk or disappearing marker/pen
(more instructions to follow, with LOTS of pictures!)