I have decided that today is a good day to make a list of the patterns for Messenger Bags that I have collected. I love messenger bags – they can be as informal and hippie, or formal and suitable for office attire as you like. It all depends on the fabric that you choose and the attitude with which you wear it! They are great as nappy (or diaper if you are American) bags, good for students, for travelling, and for carrying a large amount of ‘stuff’, if yours is anything like mine! They are good for slinging across your body when you are on your bike, or need to be hands free, and can have as many pockets as you like.
I also like the fact that a messenger bag lends itself beautifully to different forms of decoration. You can add applique, feature fabrics, and stand out linings. There are so many options!
Here is the first one I ever made, based on the great pattern by Larissa at mmmcraft. It was a birthday gift for my beautiful mother, a year ago!
This is the one that I currently use, and that often features in my photos as my ‘mascot’ when I travel!
This is one that I have currently listed in my shop, made using my own pattern (which I will one day draw up a tutorial for!! Hmmmm…. how many weeks in a row do you think I will make that promise before I actually write up the tutorial??).
And here is the list of tutorials for you to try, so that you can make a great messenger bag of your own, to reflect your own style!
Basic Messenger Bag – mmmcrafts
Messenger Bag – No Time to Sew
Mens Shirt Messenger Bag – Crafty CPA
Messenger Bag – Alida Makes
Push the Envelope – Weekend Designer
Patternless Messenger Bag – Fabricworm
Messenger Bag – Obsessive Crafting Disorder
Messenger Bag – All People Quilt
Laminated Messenger Bag – Sew Can Do
Sun Sea Patchwork Messenger Bag – Sew Mama Sew
Messenger Bag – Emmi Grace and Me
Messenger Bag – Blue Bird Baby
Messenger Bag with Zip Top – Heart of Mary
Reversible Messenger Bag – Crazy Little Projects
Boxy Messenger Bag – Pick Up Some Creativity
32 Minute Messenger Bag – Diary of a Quilter
Tote to Messenger Bag Tutorial – Betz White
A little birdie told me Messenger Bag – Mommy by Day Crafter by Night
Not so Big Messenger Bag – Sew Sweetness
Messenger Bag Tutorial – Crazy Little Projects
Kids Messenger Bag – Zaaberry
Messenger Bag with ipad pocket – New Green Mama
Please do let me know if you use any of the patterns, and how you go!!
Have a great weekend, wherever you are!