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Military Mailbag and Express Mailbag Sew


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This bag pattern is a fun funky messenger bag. Actually- its TWO. The pattern includes two sizes: Military Mailbag- 10" x 16" x 6" Express Mailbag- 9" x 9" x 4" Both bags have interior drop-in pockets, an interior welt-zipper pocket, and two elastic pockets on the exterior sides. It is a GREAT diaper bag option. The Express Mailbag can be made from pre-cut fabric layer cakes! (Layer Cakes are bundles of fabric cut to 10" square) The Military Mailbag is made from cut yardage, but can easily be adapted to fat quarters. (Fat Quarters are fabric cuts measuring 18" x 22") Fabric yardage requirements are provided for working with a uniform, or working with traditional fabrics. This pattern from ReannaLily Designs also includes directions for breaking down a military uniform and using it in your new bag design. See more of this style in Deploy That Fabric, a pattern book written by Jen, the owner of ReannaLily Designs. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY rotary cutting basic sewing SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Military Mailbag- 10" x 16" x 6" Express Mailbag- 9" x 9" x 4"

Supplies Needed

  • Larger Bag: 1 1/8 yard exterior fabric (Fabric A) 1 1/8 yard lining fabric (Fabric B) 1 Military uniform shirt OR 1/3 yard contrasting fabric 1 yard dense craft batting 1/8" thick 10" elastic 1/4" wide
  • Smaller Bag: 1 Layer Cake OR 13 cut 10" squares 1 Military uniform shirt (used in place of 2, 10" squares) 1 yard dense craft batting 1/8" thick 10" elastic 1/4" wide
  • 7" plastic non separating zipper Turning Tool (strap option A- 6 spaghetti straps) 2 1/2 yard cotton webbing 1" wide (strap option B) 3" diameter silver ring (strap option B) Military patches, nametapes or embellishments (opt) 6 1/4" x 16" Matte Board (opt hard bottom insert - lrg) 4" x 9" Matte Board(opt hard bottom insert- sml)

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Designer Jen Eskridge is a native Texan who has lived and traveled all over the world. Her favorite residence to date is Daegu, South Korea. The longest she's lived anywhere, since college, in Baton Rouge, has only been 3 years. It was in South Korea, while shopping at fabric manufacturer's mill markets that Jen decided to apply her Apparel Design Degree to her very own quilting and sewing pattern company, ReannaLily Designs. Once she returned to the United States in summer 2008, Jen launched the company with the trademarked Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide and commissioned sewing jobs. The company has evolved into a pattern and design company in addition to its humble sewing beginnings. Jen has been featured in numerous magazines, Sew It All TV and Pat Sloan's Radio show for her design work. Jen is a contributing artist in a few collective books and has 3 books of her own on the market. Deploy That Fabric, Hexagons Made Easy, Learn to Sew Easy Curves, and The Quilted Clamshell. ReannaLily Designs is largely focused on quick affordable designs for a range of skill leveled sewing enthusiasts. Visit the website,, to view and shop the entire catalog. Jen maintains a daily blog at to showcase sewing adventures, successes and mishaps. She also has over 30 free sewing projects, tips, and tutorials listed on the blog site.