This is an update on an old post. In fact, this is my very first post that was ever posted to Crazy Little Projects. It’s been popular but I wanted to update it with some new images and a slightly different way to make it! I am pretty excited to bring this one back to life because it is a very easy sewing project that turns out great and I know you are going to love it. It’s a Mini Messenger Bag:
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It’s just right to hold just a handful of things. Keys, wallet, phone, you know.
And just for old time’s sake, here’s the original version that I am now updating:
Mini Messenger Bag Tutorial:
- 1/3 yard each of two coordinating fabrics (or 1/2 yard if the fabric you choose is directional)
- Mini Messenger Bag Pattern Pieces
Now you need to cut out a strap too. Cut a piece from each fabric that is 3 inches wide by about 38 inches long.
You should now have 6 pieces of fabric to work with.
I always like to sew the strap first. Put right sides together and sew down both long sides leaving the ends open. Turn it right side out, press it and then top stitch.
Now, using your other pieces, put right sides together on matching fabrics and sew around the edges of the front part on the three outer edges. Do this step with both of your fabrics.
Now you are going to sew around the bag starting at the top, down the side, across the center piece (only catching the front pieces) and up the other side making sure to leave a 3-4 inch opening at the top to turn it.
If you need to see this, there is a video of this process on my full size messenger bag post near the bottom.
Now, turn everything right side out and tuck the inner part into the outer. Press the opening closed and top stitch around the same part that you just sewed. This will close your opening and make everything look nice.
Now press the whole bag and you are set!