I received a request for a Messenger Bag tutorial. Yay! I love requests!
I wanted to do this today but discovered I had only small pieces of interfacing left. So I came up with a miniature tutorial! I had just enough for a tiny bag (plus I had a few scraps of that super cute Valentine fabric left too).
Because it is a miniature tutorial I will not give any measurements. This bag is so flexible, really any size will work!
Here it goes:
::Messenger Bag Tutorial::
You will need~
2 squares of outer fabric
2 squares the same size of lining fabric
2 squares the same size of interfacing (for the lining)
1 square slightly smaller in width than the above, of outer fabric (this will be for the flap)
1 square slightly smaller in width of lining (this will be for the flap)
1 square of interfacing (the same size for the flap)
1 longer strip of outer fabric for handle
1 longer strip of interfacing for the handle
OK I hope that all made sense.
I drew a pic to show you what I mean
First, iron on all of your interfacing to the back side of appropriate pieces.
Fold long strip lengthwise for the handle and sew down on either side.
Now sew the Flap. Place right sides together and sew around three sides.
Turn it right sides out and top stitch around the perimeter.
Sew the two outer fabric pieces together on three sides (with right sides facing each other)
Then I chose to box the corners. This is optional.
This is how it looks on the bottom when it is turned right side out after I clipped the triangle corners off.
Put that aside.
Now sew 3 sides of the lining (right sides together) and box the corners.
Once that is sewn, keep it inside out (right sides together) and place outside of the Outer fabric.
Next pin the flap (with raw edge up) right sides together to the outer fabric which is inside the bag. Tuck flap down inside.
Then pin the handle onto the outer fabric (which is still inside the lining). Make sure to tuck the loop of the handle way down so you don’t catch it in the seam (not shown in picture).
Starting in the middle of the front of the bag, which is opposite the side with the flap, (leave a couple inch space for turning), sew around the perimeter making sure to pull out the pins as you go (don’t sew over them).
Pull the bag through the hole. Push the lining inside. Top stitch around edge (closing up the hole) and you are done!
If you have ever made a tote bag, this is essentially the same thing. Only instead of just the handle(s) getting pinned to the inside, you pin the flap as well.
I hope the tutorial didn’t make it look too difficult. It is really not at all. But when you start listing the actual steps to do anything, it always makes it seem much harder.
Leave a comment with any questions you may have….
and Happy Sewing!
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