I made this messenger bag for my son last summer before our family summer trip. Every time we're going out he loves having his bag around his shoulder with a few toys inside.
This is my second messenger bag I made for him. The first one was two years ago, it was smaller and he needed something a little bit bigger, so I decided to make another one for him.
Now, I've finally got around to sharing the pattern and show you how I made it.
First, decide what kind of fabric you are going to use. I used a medium weight fabric for the outside and lining. You can make the bag with or without interfacing. So, the interfacing is an optional.
Ok, let get started! :)
Cut all the fabric pieces, and here's the measurements that I used:
(I used 1/2" seam allowance on this project).
Two 10" x 13" pieces for outside of the bag
Two 10" x 13" pieces for the bag lining
Two 10" x 13" pieces of Interfacing
One 8" x 12" piece for the flap
One 8" x 12" piece for the flap lining
One 8" x 12" piece of Interfacing
One 8" x 11" piece for the pocket inside the bag
One 4" x 34" piece for the strap
One 4" x 3" piece for the strap
Get your outer fabric, lining fabric, and Interfacing (10" x 13").
Then, cut the two corners at the bottom by 2" x 2".
Iron your iron-on-interfacing to the outer fabrics on the wrong side, then face the right sides of the outer fabrics together.
Pin them together and stitch the two sides and the bottom.
Now, open the two corners on the bottom and match the side seams, pin and stitch across.
(The pictures above are my pocket measurements 10" x 11", but I reduced to 8" x 11" because it was too big for the bag).
Ok, for the pocket (8" x 11"): Fold in half, pin and stitch the sides and bottom, but leave at least a 3" gap so you can turn it inside out.
Turn inside out and press. Attach the pocket to one of the pieces of lining, pin and stitch the sides, bottom, and the middle to create two pockets.
You can put as many pocket as you want, but for my son he just needs two.
Get the two lining fabrics, right face together. Pin and stitch the two sides and bottom but leave at least a 4" gap so you can turn it inside out later.
Just like you did for the outer bag, match the side seams, pin and stitch across on both corners.
Assembling the Rectangle Ring and Tri-Glides Slide to the straps
Get your 3" strap and the rectangle ring.
Center loop with ring inside.
Get your 34" strap and the Tri-Glider Slide.
Take the end of the strap and loop through the center of your slider.
Tuck the end at least half an inch on itself.
Stitch to secure.
Take the other end of the strap and thread it through the ring.
Then, loop it back over the other side of the slider and pull.
Loop it up and in one end of the slider.
It should look like the third picture.
Turn the bag right side out through the hole you left in the lining.
Once the bag is pulled out, stitch the hole in the lining close. Tuck the lining inside the bag.