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16 Messenger Bag Patterns & Tutorials

Here’s a nice collection of messenger bags to make, some designs are pretty simple and basic while others are loaded with features. Whether you’re looking for a simple one to run errands with or something zipped and loaded with pockets (great for traveling and sight seeing), this list has you covered. Many of the projects below can easily be adjusted in size to suit your needs. Enjoy!


Lined [1]: Lined and has lots of inner pockets (a large one on one side and smaller ones on the other).

Fancy Ruffles [2]: Features an adjustable strap and a fun & frilly ruffled top flap.



Classic [3]: Made with organic cotton canvas and features a zipped outer pocket with two buckled straps to secure top flap. Adjustable shoulder strap.

Patternless [4]: This measures 19″ wide and 12 1/2″ deep but can easily be adjusted so consider the measurements as guidelines.



With Adjustable Straps [5]: Two different sizes shown, both feature adjustable shoulder straps and fold-over flaps that are secured with two buttons and fabric loops.

Duck Cloth [6]: Loaded with features such as inner and outer pockets, adjustable straps, inner buckle closure (to secure top flap in place), zipped closure. Basic directions but includes a lot of reference links to guide you. Advanced project.



Deluxe [7]: Another goodie loaded with features, this one can be used for toting laptops as well.

Large [8]: Finished size measures approximately 15″x11″x3″, is lined and includes a pocket and thick shoulder straps (made from fabric).



From Cargo Pants [9]: Made by repurposing an old pair of cargo pants (grab a pair at the thrift shop if you don’t have a pair to use).

Basic [10]: Features both an inner and outer pocket, this one is easy to adjust the size as you need.



Inner Pocket [11]: Features a contrasting piece of fabric across the front flap, an inner pocket strip, a key ring and a nice, long shoulder strap.

Zip Top [12]: Has a pocket at the back (outer), double pockets underneath the front flap, zipped and inner pocket.



Feed Sack [13]: Nice & sturdy made with a vintage feed sack, a leather belt for the strap and lined with denim.

School Satchels [14]: Basic directions and a cutting plan are provided, probably not suitable for beginner sewers but Intermediate to Advanced skill levels should be able to work this out.



32-Minutes To Make [15]: Measurements provided for both adult and child sizes.

Reversible [16]: Here’s a smaller version that’s big enough to hold essentials such as keys, a wallet and phone.