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Sewing has always been my hobby and my profession. I first trained as a tailor as a young girl after which I worked for some fabulous designers. To fit work around my son I became a teacher of ...

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Messenger Bag / Book Bag

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Messenger Bag / Book Bag
Messenger Bag / Book Bag Messenger Bag
Messenger Bag / Book Bag Messenger Bag
Messenger Bag / Book Bag Messenger Bag
Messenger Bag / Book Bag Messenger Bag/ Video Example
Messenger Bag / Book Bag Messenger Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Dart Construction
  • Sewing straight lines
  • Sewing around curves

Pattern Description:

This pattern includes PDF pattern files for both letter size paper and A4 paper.
Step by step video instructions are now live on You Tube at this link: (Just click the blog link at the top of this entry)
There are also detailed photo instructions for the times when you haven't got access to the internet.

For this summer my sewing course ladies have asked me to do household items like bags, purses, peg bags and the like. So this is the first one to go out. A practical and stylish bag you can make in oilcloth or heavy weight linen/cotton mix fabrics. I tend to buy mine from upholstery outlets rather than fabric stores. They have beautiful selections and you will be spoiled for choice.

Designed with both girls, boys, mums and trendy teens in mind. With one interior pocket, an easy access pocket on the outside, this bag is as functional as it is fashionable. For the classroom, boardroom, or wherever life may take you. Interior can easily hold your IPad or note book. Its just the right size for everyday outings.
As an absolute beginner I would recommend you look out for my classy beach bag (coming sometime before the middle of May).

The video is to be found at this location:

33cm/14inches in width
30cm/12 inches in height

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Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 33cm/14inches in width
  • 30cm/12 inches in height


  • 3/4 yards of 54" wide heavyweight Home Dec fabric for the Exterior/ Oilcloth
  • 3/4 yards of 54" wide coordinating medium weight cotton for the Lining
  • 3 coordinating 12" zippers

You Will Also Need:

  • 2 buttons or preferably rivets and similar
  • 2 d-rings preferably rectangular in shape, for a strap with of 2.5cm
  • 1 spool of coordinating all-purpose thread / 1 spool of top stitching thread
  • A heavy weight sewing machine needle (90)

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