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I am from the northwest, but have traveled extensively and lived abroad for a few years, which was wonderful. I have now settled in the northwest and am glad to be back in the melting pot I call ...

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Petal Pusher Messenger Bag Tutorial

from Fluid Metals Studio
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Petal Pusher Messenger Bag Tutorial
Petal Pusher Messenger Bag Tutorial Petal Pusher back
Petal Pusher Messenger Bag Tutorial Petal Pusher front
Petal Pusher Messenger Bag Tutorial Making Petal Pusher: leather
Petal Pusher Messenger Bag Tutorial Making Petal Pusher
Petal Pusher Messenger Bag Tutorial Petal Pusher interior

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You should already know how to cut and sew binding strips
  • attach binding
  • basic sewing skills
  • prior experience sewing in a zipper is recommended
  • cut fabric using a rotary cutter and mat
  • free motion quilting knowledge, as I do not go over this in the tutorial
  • how to baste/make a quilt sandwich
  • previous experience sewing on a curve is recommended

Pattern Description:

This is a fun take on the traditional messenger! It is a bit smaller than the average messenger bag, so it can be used as the "go-everywhere" bag. It features a large back zippered pocket, two inner pockets, and card holders built into the bag. It also has elastic pockets on the side plus leather detailing!

This is an in depth tutorial, explaining every step with pictures! It is 144 pages of how to combined with 157 photos!!!

However, this pattern assumes basic quilting and sewing skills. (Such as binding: I do not go over this in great length in this tutorial)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 7" x 9 1/2" x 4"


  • sewing machine
  • quilting foot
  • zipper foot
  • 1 strawberry FQ
  • 3 charcoal FQ's
  • 1 Polka dot FQ
  • 1 Raspberry FQ
  • Light gray fat eighth
  • 1 Nu-buck fat eighth
  • 10" x 3/4" no roll elastic
  • 24" x 9" one sided fusible stabalizer
  • 2 6" x 10" natural muslin
  • extra scrap of fabric
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • 27" x 46" low loft batting

You Will Also Need:

  • 2 D rings w/1" opening
  • bar link w/1" opening
  • 9" coil zipper
  • magnetic snap
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • quilting thread
  • sewing thread
  • basting supplies
  • light and dark marking pencil/water soluble pen
  • freezer paper
  • tracing wheel
  • fine tip marking pen
  • 6" x 24" acrylic ruler
  • 9 1/2" and 6 1/2" acrylic rulers square
  • 5" x 9" acrylic ruler
  • You can get by with using only the 6" x 24" acrylic ruler, I added the others because I use them in this tutorial