Sew a Messenger Bag!

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It’s time for another look at the Learn to Sew Series by Amber from Crazy Little Projects.  I’ve been following the series and already have several great projects completed.  In lesson #1, we learned how to sew a straight line and created some great Designer Dustcloths.  In lesson #2 , we learned the use of the zig-zag stitch and made up a cute Dinosaur Hooded Towel.

This past week, we learned Turning and Topstitching.  Amber gave us a choice of two different projects for homework.  One was a cute reversible messenger bag, and the other was an ear warmer headband.

I chose the messenger bag.  I love her unique design; the fact that it is reversible, and simple to put together.  And I had this great bunny fabric that just needed to be made into something!

learn to sew messenger bag

I located a striped red fabric from my stash to go along with it.  The project itself takes less than 1/3 yard of fabric of each color.  You can find Amber’s tutorial here: Reversible Messenger Bag.

learn to sew messenger bag

Her tutorial includes printable patterns, and is a great project to practice your turning and topstitching!

learn to sew messenger bag

This bag is going to be for me.  Because I have a tendency to carry way too much crap around with me, I have a personal rule that my handbag cannot be large.  Otherwise, I’d be hauling the thing around on a dolly.  Seriously.  So this little bag would be perfect.

learn to sew dinosaur hooded towel

Ralph seemed more than a little disappointed that he was not going to be chosen as a model this time.  Seems that he was getting a big kick out of all notoriety after his last modeling gig.

I don’t want him to get a big head.  I have to live with him, you know.

learn to sew messenger bag

I made one change to the original pattern.  I added a bow to the front.  My bunnies needed a little bit of fabulousness, don’t you think?  I used the technique of turning, cutting a 12″ x 3″ strip; sewing like I did the strap, turning it and creating a bow.  I sewed it on with a few hand stitches, and there you go!  Dressed up bunnies!

learn to sew messenger bag

I love how the lining turned out, and it is the perfect size for me to just carry a few things; rather than the whole world.

learn to sew messenger bag

Cute!

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  • Angie ~ ambient wares March 11, 2017, 7:44 pm

    This turned out fantastic! I really need to make my own messenger bag. Thank you for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Pinning 🙂

  • Kim~madeinaday March 6, 2017, 4:41 pm

    Very cute project. Love the dog!Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week!
    Kim

  • Kerry Davidson March 2, 2017, 9:06 pm

    Hi Suzy, I love heaps of your patterns, including this one. Is there any chance you might add a pdf download of the patterns one day ???? Just asking

  • Annie July 11, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Love this tutorial! The bow is adorable. I’m currently making a slew of messenger bags so it is helpful to see how other people do theirs. Quick question-off topic-your dog is precious! He looks exactly like our dog, Scoot! Do you know what kind of dog he is?? My daughter just walked by and thought Ralph was Scoot-that’s how much they look alike. Too cute. Keep up the great work!

    • Susan Myers July 14, 2014, 10:15 pm

      Hi Annie!

      Ralph was a rescue dog, so we don’t really know his lineage, but he is at least half pug. The other half is questionable. LOL! Maybe they are related! 🙂

      suzy

  • Camila August 2, 2013, 9:38 pm

    I just love this project! I’m going to spend some time with my mom and she has a sewing machine so I’m pinning this to make one. Ive made some tote bags when I had my machine but nothing like this one! So cute!

    Yayyy!!!
    Hugs
    Cami

  • malia February 1, 2013, 12:35 am

    This is so cute, Suzy.

  • Johnnie January 29, 2013, 9:38 am

    How pretty! My sewing machine scares me still. I will definitely have to check out the series. Great job on the messenger bag.

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