Messenger Bag PDF Sewing Pattern | Sew a cross body style messenger mail bag with an adjustable strap and exterior and interior pockets.


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Sew a medium size messenger bag using this simple SEWING PATTERN.

This bag is a nice size for everyday essentials with room for your wallet, a small water bottle, a book or two, tablet computers or other electronic gadgets, etc.

It has two inset pockets and both have curved top openings so it's easy to slide your hand in and out. One pocket is tucked away under the front flap, and this same pocket is repeated once inside on the back lining panel.

Many people can sew this bag in about 4 - 6 hours. How long it takes will depend on your own personal sewing experience and speed, but this project is not extensive and can be completed fairly quickly.

The pattern document is a paper & ink friendly 18-pages: 10-pages of text instructions along with color photos & 8-pages of black & white pattern pieces.

Intermediate Sewing Pattern: You are comfortable with sewing in general and have experience making bags with hardware. This pattern is not for beginners. Please get in touch if you need help selecting a pattern for your skill level.

Approximate Finished Dimensions: 11" w x 10" h x 3" d (28cm x 26cm x 8cm)

Supplies (Materials You Provide):
• 1 yard 42” exterior fabric
• 2/3 yard 42” lining fabric
• 2 yards 20” woven fusible interfacing - Pellon SF101
• 1/2 yard 42” fusible fleece - Pellon 987f
• Ruler and/or yardstick
• Chalk or fabric marking pen
• (1) 1.5” cinch buckle -
• (1) 1.5” slide -
• (1) 1.5” rectangle ring -
• General sewing tools/notions

Sew It & Sell It: Bags made using this pattern can be sold in your own shop. Please offer Michelle Patterns design credit in any written description.

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Average review
Great pattern. Easy to follow instructions. I made a great, functional bag, think I'm gonna love using it.
May 4, 2018 by Laura K. Thompson
Great Pattern! This pattern was easy and fun to sew! Well done! I made it for my daughter so she could carry her kindle and headphones on a plane ride. Perfect!
Apr 5, 2018 by hlgrogg

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Digital documents can't be returned, so there are refunds or exchanges for patterns.

Please download, save, and store your pattern file(s) somewhere safe (i.e. not on your computer).

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If you want to keep these files indefinitely--or at least longer than your next computer crash or upgrade--the best option is to have a data backup system running, or store the files online. Storing them online can be as simple as emailing them to yourself at a gmail type account, or using a service like Drop Box or

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Additional policies

Please credit Michelle Patterns in all written item descriptions. For example when selling online please include the following sentence, or other similar wording in your item description: "This item was made using a sewing pattern." A link to my etsy shop would also be greatly appreciated.

All items for sale must be handmade by you. Contracting with others to mass produce the designs is expressly prohibited.

Distribution of the pattern pieces and corresponding instructions is expressly prohibited.