Making the Messenger Bag Pattern

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Lessons, Projects, Sewing, Shoulder Bag | Comments Off on Making the Messenger Bag Pattern

This is part 4 in a series designed to walk you through designing and sewing a messenger bag. If you have missed steps, you should go back to this page.

It’s time to draft the messenger bag pattern. This one is a little more complex than the pillow, but not much. Where you drafted a single square the last time, this pattern will require 5 rectangles and one rectangle with curved edges.  Here, I’ll detail how to draft the pattern, but if you’d like to skip this step, or have a few more options to add to your bag, feel free to check out the purchaseable pattern I created for this bag. It includes several pockets and accessories that I’m not going to show on the blog as well.


Source: Make Your Own Messenger Bag via fairefaer1415816253 on Craftsy

Of course, you can choose to draft the pattern.

The majority of the pattern will be different sizes of rectangles. I’ll start with those and finish off with the curved corners of the flap.

Part of the drafting will be labelling the pattern pieces as well.

For the body, you’ll want to draft a rectangle that is 15″ by 10″.

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Label this piece like this:


Next, we’ll draft the side. You’ll make a 10″ x 4″ rectangle.

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And label it like this:


The bottom piece is a 15″ x 4″ rectangle.

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With this label:


If you have a large metal straight edge, you can skip drafting the strap. If not, you’ll want to draw a 2″ x 15″ rectangle and label  it like this:


Finally, it’s time for the flap. It’s time to get your French Curve out. Start by drawing a 15″ x 12″ square:

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Then lay your French curve on the paper and line it up  so that it touches two lines that create a corner. This should be about 2 inches from the corner in both directions. Mark where it touches, measure from the corner to the mark and make the same marks on the other side of the rectangle.

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Take masking tape and put one piece on top of the French curve to mark the places where it touches the line.

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Trace the curve then flip it over to get the same curve on the other side.

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Label the flap like this:


Now, all you have to do is add seam allowance and you’re done!


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