As soon as I saw this Ruffled Messenger Bag Tutorial on the Sewing Summit’s Travel Handmade Pinterest board, I knew I had to make one. I love how pretty and subtle it is. I’m just not a loud bag type of person, so this one fits the bill for me.
The problem, however, is that I didn’t have enough of the linen to make the exterior wide enough. So I just cut out a couple of 3-inch strips of Tula Pink and stitched to either side.
The tutorial’s instructions include measurements in centimeters, so if you want the conversion to inches, here’s what I used:
65 x 30 = 26 x 12 body
25 x 30 = 10 x 12 flap
4 x 15 = 1.5 x 6 loop
5 x 105 = 2 x 42 strap
7 x 140 = 2.75 x 56 ruffles
Also, the tutorial didn’t specify seam allowances (that I could find), so I used a 1/2-inch in Step 1 of the tutorial, then 1/4-inch in Step 2 going forward.
I made a few changes to the pattern. I fused SF101 Pellon interfacing to all the exterior pieces to add some strength. This really tamed the linen, which was quite stretchy. Also, as a very last step, I topstitched the very top seam. If I were to make this bag again, I would topstitch the handle as well.
A very pretty messenger bag, I must say. The strap is an awesome design, completely adjustable to whatever length you want, via a knot. No hardware needed to make this bag!
It’s a great size: my iPad and Comp Book Day Planner fit in there nicely, with room to spare!