Friday, March 8, 2013

Messenger Bag Tutorial: Supply List

Find all tutorial links here.

If you are planning to sew along as I post the tutorial for my messenger bag, you'll need the following:

Pretty fabric: I've decided to make this bag one more time because I want to tweak some things about the design to make them better for the tutorial. Since I obviously have an addiction to this line of fabric, I ordered the pink/grey colorway for my next bag.


Supply List:

  • 1/2 yard cotton duck (54-60" width) for interlining (1 yard for a super sturdy bag)
  • 1 yard Home Dec (54" width) for bag body, flap, inside pockets (Tartan print in my finished bag)
  • 1 yard Home Dec (54" width) for outer pockets, flap, zipper divider pouch (Primrose print)
  • 1/2 yard Home Dec (54" width) for lining, small zipper pocket lining (Poppy print)
  • 1 yard mid-weight fusible interfacing (20" width) for lining (This gives a bit more stability. If using very heavy fabric, you could skip this.)
  • 1/2 yard quilting cotton for pocket linings (won't be visible)
  • 1 pkg piping (I couldn't find the color I wanted so I plan to recover some white from my stash.)
  • 1 12" zipper for inside pouch
  • 1 7" zipper for inside pocket
  • 1 slider and 2 loops for handle hardware. Purchase hardware for 1.5" straps. The printed measurement of my hardware is 1.75", but that is the outside measurement. These are the perfect size for 1.5" straps. (I couldn't find loops I liked so I bought an extra package of sliders and will pry the slider bar off with pliers--which I also did on my first bag.)
  • 1 magnetic snap
  • 1 key fob if desired
  • Fray Check
  • Denim needle
  • Hera marker
Edit: Cotton duck fabric is a very heavy, canvas-type fabric. I found mine at Jo-Ann. Use anything heavy and sturdy such as denim or twill if you don't have cotton duck available. I purchased all my notions for this project at Jo-Ann as well, with the exception of the orange zipper which I purchased from Zip-It in a large bundle. It's a 10" zipper I plan to cut down for the project. The fabric is Notting Hill in Home Dec, purchased from Hawthorne Threads.

This bag finishes at 12 1/2" x 4 1/2" (base) by 10 1/2" (height).


  1. Thanks for doing this. Your bag is so gorgeous!

  2. I can't wait for the tutorial. Your bag is gorgeous.

  3. Can you tell me where you ordered your fabric and the hardware? Thanks!

  4. Lovely bag, Kati!!
    Where did you bought those notions?

  5. Nice bag, I love that fabric line too.

  6. I love this bag and wish that my Notting Hill was home dec weight! Oh darn, I have to buy new fabric. ;) Thanks for sharing this!

  7. don't think I'll be able to resist this wonderful bag, so I had better get shopping!

  8. Nope. Wasn't going to do this. NO way. Too little time, too many bags.
    ...and then I bought the fabric for it. Poof! I guess I am in!!

  9. Kati, what size does the bag finish at? Looking forward to sewing it up!

  10. I would like to know the seam allowance for this project.
    Thank you !!