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The Magnolia Mini Messenger - PDF Sewing Pattern
This mini messenger bag is perfect if you prefer a medium sized cross body bag. The possibilities are endless if you combine different types of fabrics: you can make a flap with a single fabric and an accent piece (like ribbon!), you can make the flap with a piece of accent on the bottom such as faux leather or denim. I have also included the instructions to make a patchwork flap like in the photos.
If you choose to use faux leather accents when making this bag, it is best to use a walking foot or a Teflon foot for your machine. If you do not have a walking foot, you can always sew with a layer of tissue paper between the foot of your machine and the vinyl and then carefully tear off when your seams have been sewn. However, I highly recommend a walking foot/Teflon foot!!
For the interior of the bag, I give instructions for the slip pockets, an optional zippered pocket, installation of a magnetic snap and creating an adjustable strap.
This bag uses sew-in interfacing to give the bag structure (I use duck canvas).
Less than ½ yard for upper outer body and flap underside
Fat quarter of accent fabric of your choice for flap bottom and outer body bottom
Fat quarter for main flap fabric if using one fabric
9 strips of fabric (10 inches H x 2 inches W) for patchwork (optional)
Less than ½ yard for main lining
Fat quarter for slip pockets
Fat quarter for zippered pocket (optional)
½ yard fusible interfacing for pockets
½ yard sew-in interfacing of your choice (cotton batting, duck canvas, etc)
1 18mm magnetic snap
1 rectangular slide to match width of your strap (1.25 inch is used in this pattern)
2 O-rings - 1.25 inches wide
60 inches of webbing for adjustable strap
1 8-inch zipper (if making zippered pocket option)
Width: 15 inches (38.1 cm)
Height: 9 inches (22.9 cm)
Depth: 4 inches (10 cm)
Strap is either adjustable in the length of your choice.
SEWING EXPERIENCE: This project should be suitable for beginners. It will take approximately 2 hours to make this bag depending on your sewing experience and which options you choose when making the bag.