I finally got a purse cut out to try out the pattern and see if it looks like the messenger bags I like. After looking through all the purse patterns to find a purse with a front flap, McCalls 6176 seemed like a good bet:
I’ll make the first one just like the pattern except for that little handle on the flap, but next time I want to make the strap adjustable. I’m using some denim I got at the thrift store for this version. Right now I’m trying to decide what kind of pockets I want on the inside.