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with Annie Unrein
Online Class

Sew Sturdy: The Multitasking Messenger Bag

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Follow along with expert designer Annie Unrein as she guides you to sew a comfortable messenger bag complete with pockets — including a mesh one for your laptop — an adjustable carrying strap, zippers and dividers to keep your things neat and organized. Plus you can customize it for both men and women. Along the way, learn Annie’s trademark techniques for bias binding, handbag zippers, detailing and more.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h16m

Included in this Class

1. Cutting Fabric, Sealing Edges & Bias Binding

1. Cutting Fabric, Sealing Edges & Bias Binding

Meet designer Annie Unrein and start with a tour of your project: a stylish and functional messenger bag. Annie discusses the best fabrics and stabilizer to use, how to layer them and "seal" the edges with stitching, before making custom bias binding.

2. Handles, Straps & Tabs

2. Handles, Straps & Tabs

Annie guides you to prepare a slew of bag parts that require similar construction techniques, including the Carrying Strap, Strap Tabs, Handle, Back Strap, Swivel Hook Tabs, Inner Divider Strap, and the Padded Handle.

3. Pockets & Inner Divider

3. Pockets & Inner Divider

Next, assemble the Front Pocket and Back Pocket of your bag, as well as the mesh Side Pockets and Inner Pocket. After that, make the Inner Divider, which is designed to protect and hold a laptop or notebook.

Recommended with this class

  • Fusible interface
  • Strapping
  • Zipper
  • Chalk marker
  • Washout marking pen or pencil
  • General sewing notions and tools