UPDATE: If you need a smaller bag, check out this popular slim-sized alternative that fits an ipad, too! – and it’s a crossbody!!
Lately, I haven’t ‘done’ much sport, unless you count in running after my toddler. Well actually she’s gotten so fast this might be registered as an official form of recreation/sports. My partner, on the other hand, loves playing basketball, and the latest designs by Deena Rutter look a perfect choice for him. I had so much fun with this gorgeous fabric and it was an absolute dream to work with. And I ended up with a brand-new tutorial and a free template for you to use – this mens messenger bag.
Pattern used: My NEW Messenger Bag – FREE PATTERN.
Fabric used: Varsity Basketball Collection by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs
To make one of these large messenger bags, you’ll need approximately 2 1/2 yard of fabric per bag. I used:
- bag flap: VARSITY Text Navy
- lining fabric: VARSITY Diamonds Navy
- exterior bag base and strap: Confetti Cotton IRON by RBD
- interior pockets: VARSITY Diamonds Gray and VARSITY Playbook Navy
|These Varsity prints and RBD’s Confetti Cottons IRON make a great team!|
The finished size of the messenger bag is 16″ width x 12″ height x 4″ depth (LARGE. I mean it.)
It has two slip pockets. The large full-width pocket is 15″ wide x 9 1/2″ tall. Actually, it imitates a bag divider as I made it as large as possible, without adding bulk to the side seams when constructing the bag. (Beginner sewers, you’re always safe with me!)
The full-width pocket is interfaced and great for anything flat (iPad fans, anywhere?) I know I am, and always carry around my ipad crossbody bag. But for when I need to tote around more bulk, a large messenger bag like this one would save the day.
How do I know that? Because I googled the latest phones in the market. So I made the pocket 6 1/2″ deep x 6″ wide to cover all those models, just to be on the safe side, including Galaxy Note 9.
For Bag FLAP: VARSITY Text Navy
17″ by 15″ (2 pieces) + 16″ by 14″ fusible fleece
For bag BODY EXTERIOR: Confetti Cotton IRON
for front and back pieces: 17″ by 13″ (2 pieces) + 16″ by 12″ fusible fleece (2 pieces)
for gusset: 43″ by 5″ (1 piece) + 43″ by 4″ fusible fleece
For bag LINING: VARSITY Diamonds Navy
for front and back pieces: 17″ by 12 1/2″ (2 pieces) + 16″ by 11 1/2″ fusible fleece (2 pieces)
for gusset: 42″ by 5″ (1 piece) + 42″ by 4″ fusible fleece
For Bag STRAP: in CONFETTI Cotton IRON
43″ by 4″ (2 pieces)
+ 42″ by 3″ fusible fleece (1 piece)
+ 42″ by 3″ stiff woven interfacing (1 piece)
Internal full-width POCKET: VARSITY Diamonds Gray
20″ by 16″ (1 piece) + fusible fleece (!) 9 1/2″ by 15″
Internal Small POCKET: VARSITY Playbook Navy
14″ by 7″ (1 piece) + fusible fleece (!) 6 1/2″ by 6″
Please note: bag exterior and bag lining pieces NOT exactly the same measurements!! This will make your sewing project super neat, and easier to finalize.
HOW TO SEW A MESSENGER BAG –
Link to FULL TUTORIAL
To avoid this page loading forever because of too many photos (nobody wants that) I have made a separate tutorial page with tons of step-by-step photos.
Get the tutorial here.
|Get TUTORIAL HERE.|
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