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How to Make Messenger Bags

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This now includes pattern pieces for the small saddle bag version with or without fringe. Both sizes feature 3 compartment interiors, including a central zippered compartment. They also have zippered back pockets. I've been making custom messenger bags for years. It is a style that is loved by the women I know. I am excited to show you the tricks I have developed to make these fun and useful bags. For myself, I developed the smaller sized bag to wear as a hip pack while I am hiking. I also needed an evening bag I could carry as a clutch or on a chain. I love that you can show off gorgeous and expensive fabrics in the clutch size using just an 18" square of fabric. The flap gives you lots of opportunity for embellishment in both sizes. It's a fun and easy project. You will want a couple for yourself and more for your friends. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS small bag 7" x 5" x 1.25" medium bag 8" x 9.5" x 2"

Recommended with this pattern

  • flex foam 1/3 yard - 1 yard
  • 3 fabrics, details on pattern, depends on bag size
  • 2 yards of webbing or 1.5 yards of chain

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Like so many sewists I know, I have been sewing since the age of 6. I started at my mother's feet, fashioning her scraps into doll clothes. By age 16, I was spending Summers sewing my wardrobe for the coming school year. I was known as a creative dresser. I wrote my first sewing pattern in 2006 as part of applying for a patent. Now I have thousands of satisfied sewing pattern customers and am very happy to be part of the online sewing community. See books that feature my work and follow my various adventures on my blog. Find printed versions of several of my patterns in the current Simplicity Catalog.