Bag Lady

One of the most unwelcome things about motherhood is the fact that I have to lug a huge bag full of stuff around with me EVERYWHERE I go. 

Admittedly it’s not as bad as it used to be, but I still routinely have nappies, an Elmo beaker, snacks, assorted books, bibs and cutlery, wipes etc. etc as well as all my own gubbins dangling about my person. 

My old velvet carpet bag bought on Portobello Market is finally giving up the ghost and so I desperately need a new bag.

If it were winter I would be buying this gorgeous hand-felted messenger bag by the super-talented Jamie Irene. (I first saw these at the Urban Craft Uprising and they’re marvellous – beautiful soft felting with really lovely heavy distressed leather straps).


If I didn’t have to lug so much stuff I’d buy one of her Sweet Thang bags, but I’m a bit afraid things will fall out the top, and I really need a messenger to keep my hands free.








And if I were having a winter wedding I would definitely consider one of these.









Unfortunately, having said all that we’re just, finally, coming into summer, and it so isn’t the season for felted wool.  Has anyone got any good ideas for where I can find a gorgeous summer-weight messenger bag?



  1. says

    I love Black Bags (seller) on Etsy and as they’re based in the US anyway, should be able to find something lovely for cheaper than here! Otherwise, I always look in American Apparel when I’m in the US – cheap range of groovy things that don’t fall apart the minute you get them home. Not sure on their bag range though…

  2. says

    I picked up one of Cote Bastide’s linen summer bags when I was in the South of France recently and it’s been a godsend! I’d really recommend it – not only does it hold everything, but its beautifully soft and looks fab! As far as I can tell, you can get them online in the UK at

  3. lissie says

    “Has anyone got any good ideas for where I can find a gorgeous summer-weight messenger bag?”
    No, but it’s keeping me awake at night, so do put me out of my misery…

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