A Messenger Bag For Me

20 September

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.

Messenger Bag All Done

The periwinkle fabric is a Mist print from Tula Pink’s Parisville collection.  For the linen, I repurposed a shrunken pair of shorts I’ve had for a long, long time.

Messenger Bag Linen Shorts

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

Messenger Bag Pieces

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.

Messenger Bag Ruffle

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.

Messenger Bag Topstitching

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!

Messenger Bag Open

It’s a great size: my iPad and Comp Book Day Planner fit in there nicely, with room to spare!

Messenger Bag Full

2 Responses to “A Messenger Bag For Me”

  1. Jen 09/20/2012 at 6:53 pm #

    I love how we all “change the pattern a little.” Patterns are just starting points as far am I’m concerned. That’s so funny to me. Love your little bag. It looks like it will work out great for you.

    • Angela 09/21/2012 at 4:07 pm #

      Thanks Jen! It’s so fun to make stuff our own.

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