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This begins the tutorials for my messenger bag. Supply list is here. The instructions will post daily throughout this week. Because this is quite an involved project, it's too much for a single post. Due to recent events when a couple bloggers have discovered their free tutorials being printed and sold, I wanted to outline a few rules about this tutorial:
- Please do not copy, republish, or steal any portion of this tutorial. Do not claim any aspect of this tutorial as your own. Tutorials take a great deal of time. Please respect that.
- If you make a bag from this tutorial, please link back here for others.
- Feel free to make bags from this tutorial to sell, but please cite this tutorial in the listing as the source for the pattern.
- Ask questions! If for any reason you are confused or feel I've made a mistake, please leave a constructive comment or email me. I'd actually prefer email which allows me to have a conversation about the issue and improve the tutorial.
- Share your projects on Flickr! I'd love to do a round-up post in a month or two to see what you make and showcase everyone's personal take on this project.
Now onto cutting out your bag:
From 1 yd, 54"width Home Dec fabric print #1 (Primrose on my bag):
(Note: You could get away with 3/4 yd, but that would be cutting it close with shrinkage and fraying).
From 1 yd, 54"width Home Dec fabric print #2 (Tartan on my bag):
From 1/2 yd, 54" width Home Dec fabric print #3 (Poppy on my bag):
From 1/2 yd 54" width cotton duck, twill, denim or other heavy weight fabric for interlining:
**Also cut (2) 12.75" x 17" pieces from interfacing.
Things to consider before cutting:
- Prewash all fabrics, unless dry clean only. Press well. Don't use softeners.
- Be careful of directional prints when cutting. All diagrams/layouts shown are WOF/selvage-to-selvage.
- Remove selvages before cutting bag pieces.
- Cut one 3" square for the zipper tabs on the larger zipper pouch.
- Cut two small scraps 2" x 2" of interfacing and cotton duck for snap installation (or use Peltex).
- If making or recovering piping, 1.5 yds of 1/8" cording is needed. Cut (3) 1.25" x 19" strips of coordinating quilting cotton to cover cording.
- For a sturdier bag, purchase an extra 1/2 yd of cotton duck and cut two additional panels for the bag interlining.