Messenger Bag Tutorial

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

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The Rules:

  1. 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. 
  2. If you make a bag from this tutorial, please link back here for others.
  3. Feel free to make bags from this tutorial to sell, but please cite this tutorial in the listing as the source for the pattern.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


  1. Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I am going to try to make this bag. Will shop for supplies tonight. Thank-you.

  3. I finished mine last week. It turned out awesome. Thank you so much for the amazing tutorial. Photos here: and I included them in the flickr group. Thanks again. It was an fantastic pattern.

  4. Great Tutorial! I hope you will share it at our Bag Brag Tuesday Linking Party! :)

  5. Hi Kati,
    I have searched high and low all over the web for a great messenger bag pattern. You beat them all hands down. Thank you for that. I am officially psyched. One question: I had originally thought of making these bags out of heavier flannel (joanns) It is lovely fabric and looks like it would be heavy enough. You call for home dec fabric. What do you think about the flannel idea?
    Sarah M

  6. It has been really helpful.

  7. Is the zipper pouch stitched into the bag all the way around or just down the sides?