If you are anything like me and make something for one child chances are one of your other children will want one too. I feel like I am in one of those “If you give a Mouse a Cookie” books it leads to anther thing and will just start over again. And while I love my kids and I love to sew, doing something for the 4th time would mean I was a pro right? Not yet.  Maybe someday. But not today. With that being said I didn’t have any problems with this adorable messenger bag that my sister and I saw and thought that we could make ourselves. It came with its share of trial and error but it is such a fun bag and my kids actually started out using them for their church bags and have since started using them as their secret spy bags. LOVE IT!!!

1 Yard 44/45″ Fabric – I used flannel since it was what I had on hand, but with my other kids I used a non-directional home decor
1 spool coordinating thread
Interfacing – I used a heavy weight only so it would last longer and only because I did flannel. If you do home decor weight this will not be necessary.

Measure, Mark, and Cut:
Exterior: 13 1/2″ X 27″ (1) Cut 1 Interfacing this size.
Lining: 13 1/2″ X 27″ (1)
Flap: 10 1/2″ X 13″ (2) Cut 1 Interfacing this size.
Interior Pocket: 9″ X 5″ (2) Cut 1 Interfacing this size
Strap: 5″ X 28″ (1) Cut 1 Interfacing this size.

I sewed all my interfacing pieces to my fabric pieces first.

Fabric pieces all cut out

Fabric pieces all cut out


Then I began with my strap since I detest turning small things right side out. Fold it in half right sides together lengthwise.  Stitch along the long side.  Turn it right side out and press it flat.  Top-stitch around both of the long edges.




Place right sides together, if you are a pinner then this is a good time to pin, I am not so you will sew around all 4 sides leaving a 2 inch opening in the center so that you can turn it right side out. Clip the corners and turn it. Press it and top-stitch just the top of the pocket.  At this point you are going to grab your lining piece and pin the pocket to the right side of the lining, 2 inches from the top and 2 1/4 inches from the sides. Only sew it on the 2 short sides and along the bottom, leaving the top open and ready for the kiddos secret stash.

Pocket attached to lining.

Pocket attached to lining.


Place right sides together and sew 2 long sides together and one short side together, leave the 4th side open. Clip the corners, turn right side out and press.


Bag Exterior

Place right sides together and sew up the both open sides, leaving the top open. You will do this same thing with the lining. This is where you will begin to put the bag together and the fun happens and patience comes into play. Leave both the exterior and lining wrong side out and clip the corners. Place the lining bag inside the exterior bag so that you have right sides touching each other. Line up your side seams so that they match up. Take your strap and place it in between the bags and line it up between the seams as well. Also make sure the strap is straight so you don’t end up with a twisted strap. Nobody wants to be unpicking this project, I promise. Been there done that. Be pinning it this whole time. Pins will be your friend at this time. Use as many as you want. As you can see I did. You will then place your flap inside the bag, in between the exterior and lining bag. Make sure it is on the opposite side of the pocket and in between the strap as you can see in the picture. Once again use as many pins as you want. There is NO shame. Once everything is secure and in place you will sew it all together.  Leave a 2-3 inch opening so that you can pull everything through when you are done.

Flap inside messenger bag


Pinned and ready to sew. Everything is tucked inside.

Pull everything through the hole and then you will top-stitch around the top and close the hole.

You will have created an adorable messenger bag that will last for years and your kids will find wonderful ways to use it and create memories.

Messenger Bag all finished.

Messenger Bag all finished.