Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tutorial: Boy Messenger Bag

I searched the internet, high and low for a tutorial on a cool boy messenger bag.
Alas, there weren't any that fit what I wanted... A cool, medium sized bag, to house my boy's Bible and binder that he brings to church each week.
Here is a picture of what he WAS using...

And here is what I ended up with after this fun project...
So, I thought that I would create a bag and  share how it was done so that you, too, can have a way cool messenger bag for your boy (or girl-you can use whatever fabric you like!).

I think that if you buy 3/4 a yard of each outer fabric, inner fabric, and lining, you'll have more than enough.

Here are the cuts:
bag body:  2 outer fabric, 2 lining, 2 fleece=14x10.5
flap: 1 outer, 1 lining, 1 fleece=14.5x12
strap fabric: 34x5
strap padding: 34x2
I used blue fleece for the flap just so that it's easier to reference!
Let's start with the flap.  Layer the fleece on the bottom, the outer fabric right side up, and the lining fabric right side down.  Pin three sides and sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Cut the corners.
 Flip right side out.  I used a knitting needle to poke the corners out.  Topstitch.
Bag body... Take the fleece pieces and the outer pieces and face the outer pieces right side up.  Then sandwich them together so that the outer pieces are on top of each other.  Pin and sew three sides together.

 To make the base of the bag...  At each corner, you’ll need to push the side seam down to meet the bottom seam, creating a triangle.  Measure down 2 inches and make a mark or a line.  
Sew across on both corners.
Cut off the point around 1/4" from the sewn line.

For the liner-Repeat the steps above. Except leave a 5 inch opening at the bottom.  This is where we will flip the bag right side out when we're finished sewing the bag.

Now for the strap.  Iron your strap in half.  Then fold the sides to the middle and iron again.
Here's what it will look like.
Slide your fleece into one side.
Top stitch both sides approx. 1/4" on both sides.
Take the body of the bag and turn it so that it's right side out. Pin the bag flap to the bag body so that the outside fabrics are touching.  Then pin the straps so that they are right up against the flap.  The straps should also line up with the side seams of the bag body.  Baste the strap and flap to the bag body.

Get er' done... With the outer part of bag right side out and liner inside out, insert outer into liner.  Line up the side seams and pin all the way around the top.

Pull the bag through the 5 inch hole in the bottom of the liner.  This is one of my least favorite parts because I always make the hole too small ;)  Sew up the hole inside the bag.  I usually just iron the seams down and topstitch.
Drumroll please....
This is what your bag should look like!

I added the way cool star wars patch later courtesy of Ambrosia Girl.
She uses stenciling, I did it a little differently but it still turned out WAY COOL.  My son thinks I'm the greatest.  Or he did the day I made it.  For 5 minutes.
Please let me know if you make a bag like this!  I would love to hear from you!  Tutorials are a lot of work!  Phew.

Email me with any questions!

As seen on CraftGossip.comTotally Tutorials Blog


  1. I just love this, thank you so much for sharing! ♥

  2. Super! Will have to make for my grandson! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is such a great idea for the boys....they need to carry stuff too!!!

  4. This is almost.. ALMOST enough to make me want to learn to sew! :) lol.

  5. Um...I dont understand. I'll just pay you to make me one. Oh yeah...and I dont have a sewing machine.

  6. What a great idea! My bf has actually been asking for one to cart his iPad around in, so I might have to try this out :)

  7. Love it!!! I would use this bag for myself :D

  8. So fun! I just finished 2 of these for my boys for our travels this summer! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Thanks for the great tutorial, I just finished a bag for my son and am going to make one for my daughter as well, with a cute girly fabric. :) Then I might have to make a bigger one for myself after that...

  10. Thank you for this! I made one for my niece, you can have a look here;

  11. Too cute! I'm going to make one for my niece, then one for me. I love messenger bags. Thanks for all the hard work you did to share it with us and make it easy to follow along.

  12. I love this my DS 10 and even my DS 2 would love this!!

  13. Thanks for this great tutorial, I can't wait to make these for my grandkids! I have already made a modified version (reversible with no flap) for cross body trick-or-treat bags and they turned out great!

  14. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm hoping you can tell me the approximate final dimensions of the bag. I'm going to add some internal pockets to mine, and I don't know how wide I can make them. Thanks!

  15. I made one of these for my son on Saturday, he used it on Sunday and loved it! Thanks for the tutorial! It was such a quick project! I also blogged about the bag I made, and put a link to here for the tutorial. You can see it @

  16. I was searching for a bag to make for my nephew when I stumbled upon this - I love it! May I ask what fabric you used for the outer pieces?

  17. Thank you so much for sharing! What a sweet idea. Blessings to you.

  18. Sounds like a great tutorial, but the pictures are missing. Could you please update this? I'd really like to make one!!!


  19. This is a great little bag. I made one for my 10yr old and he loves it. I used an old nylon adjustable strap that I attatched with tabs on each side where the strap would go in your tutorial. Now am making one for a younger cousin but he'll get straps like yours.
    Thank you, Thank you!


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