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I have designed this sewing guide to show you how to create a simple but stylish messenger bag. I really enjoyed working on this design, it's so versatile and really very straight forward to make, just an afternoons work.
The bag has an adjustable shoulder strap, gusset base and it’s totally reversible so you can really indulge your sense of fashion by mixing and matching fabrics to create two looks in one bag. It can be used as a shoulder bag too by adjusting the strap to make it shorter if you prefer not to wear it across the body.
The step-by-step guide is illustrated with lots of close-up photographs and easy to follow instructions in simple text. It is suitable for anyone who knows how to use a sewing machine to stitch straight seams and follow basic sewing instructions.
I have used a medium weight cotton furnishing fabric but you can use almost any non-stretchy fabric of your choice from tweed, denim and velvet to corduroy and cotton etc. A wonderful winter version could be made from a heavy wool fabric lined with a sumptuous velvet.
The finished bag measures approximately 40cm (16”) tall from hem to opening and 35cms (14”) wide.
All measurements are given in centimetres and inches so whichever you use there won't be any need for you to convert the pattern.
Materials needed to make one bag:
0.50cms (20”) x 1m (1yd) wide fabric for the outer
0.50cms (20”) x 1m (1yd) wide contrasting fabric for the inner
155cms (59”) webbing for the strap, 2.5cms (1”) wide.
4 ‘D’ rings
2 lobster clasps or fasteners
1 strap adjuster
Some iron on interfacing to reinforce the top if using lightweight fabric (for example, quilting cotton) and a small piece (20 x 40cms) for the tabs.
Basic sewing equipment such as scissors, iron, pins, fabric marker.
The 'D' rings, Lobster Claw fasteners and strap adjusters can be bought from most hobby and craft stores.
There are two basic pattern template shapes and they easy to measure and draw out but you will need some paper, large rule and pencil. Please note that printable templates are not included in this download but they are quick to make.
The pattern is available for instant download once your purchase is completed. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send me a message.
Thank you for visiting my shop, be sure to check out my other bag designs and remember you can purchase the whole set of all my patterns at a greatly discounted price (see 'full set' listing)
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