I love making bags. I always want something fun, tough and new which can be tricky to find or expensive. There are two main types of messenger bag I like to make. One is more utilitarian. It's bigger, it's tougher, it's my biking, hauling, ass kicking bag. It's in the Chrome Industries direction. The other type is a bit smaller, more stylish and while not a purse (I have too much stuff for that), I can wear it with a pair of heels. Think Queen Bee bags with a bit more edge.
It's essentially the same pattern and with some variables. And once you get the idea, you can make the perfect bag to carry you life in.
If it's your first time making a messenger bag, this is a good pattern to go with since it can be pretty forgiving, but, like most utility sewing, it can be rough on a machine if you use heavy weight fabric.
*** Per the urging of my friends, I've got a couple of bags up on Etsy that you can check out here