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I love to make things that I like to use, so I have a wide variety of patterns as a result of that. I have sewn for more years than I care to admit to...let's just say, for decades. I enjoy making ...

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Mini Messenger Bag

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Mini Messenger Bag
Mini Messenger Bag
Mini Messenger Bag
Mini Messenger Bag
Mini Messenger Bag
Mini Messenger Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sew a straight line, be familiar with sewing patterns.

Pattern Description:

Here is a great sewing pattern for a Mini Messenger Bag that is perfect for carrying your books, digital readers, cell phones, small projects, wallet, and even has a key strap to keep your keys from hiding out in the bottom.

There is a small pocket on the front perfect for your cell phone. There is a zippered pocket on the front that is larger and great for small ereaders.

On the back is a nice large slip pocket which you can close with velcro, or leave open as the pocket is snug enough to hold most things in there.

The bag itself is roomy and has a rectangle shaped bottom making it easier to stand.

Inside you have multiple pockets and a key strap. The shoulder strap is adjustable and can be made using webbing or from your own fabric. This pattern has some suggested alternative designs and many sewing tips along the way.

You can also use this as a small diaper bag for short outings! Or as a Project Bag for smaller knitting/crochet projects.

I love my bag because I made it with my favorite fabric and because it lends itself to any level of embellishing! I think you will love these aspects of the design also. The size is just right for carrying and organizing essentials. It is comfortable to wear! I love being able to tuck in the book I am reading and the bag can handle it and all of my essentials. The multiple pockets make it easy to have any thing at my fingertips when I need it. The comfortable cross body wear leaves my hands and arms completely free to do whatever I need to. I hope that you enjoy making this versatile bag and maybe make some for gifts!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Mini Messenger Bag approximate measurements: 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" x 2"
  • small magnetic snap front pocket: 6" x 7 1/2"
  • front zippered pocket: 6" x 11"
  • back slip pocket: 5 1/2" x 11 1/2"
  • small inside pocket: 4" x 6"
  • large inside pocket: two 4" x 5 1/2" pockets


  • A- bottom weight, corduroy, denim, home dec fabric: 1/2 yard
  • B-Cotton fabric: 1/3 yard, or a few fat quarters
  • C-Lining-1/2 yard
  • D-Cotton trim-optional-1 yard purchased seam binding for top
  • E-Interfacing: 1 yard-I Suggest Fusible Fleece/craft fuse
  • F-Zipper: 12" nylon zipper
  • G-2 Magnetic Snap Sets
  • H-2 Swivel Snap Hooks
  • I-2 D-Rings
  • J-Strap Adjuster
  • L-67" nylon webbing or additional fabric
  • M-6" grosgrain ribbon for key strap
  • N-Optional button trim