Just Bright Quilted Messenger Bag

This simple, stylish messenger bag is just the right size to hold your keys and wallet for a quick trip to your favorite neighborhood coffeehouse.
Materials & Fabric Cuts

For designer Pat Sloan, this bag was a fun way to use the inspiring trims, ribbons, and scrapbooking embellishments she always seems to be collecting. Fabrics are from Piece O' Cake's Serendipity line for P&B Textiles.

Materials:

  • 4 -- 1/8-yard pieces coordinating prints (flap)
  • 1/2 yard red print (bag, strap)
  • 1/3 yard green print (bag and flap linings)
  • 12 x 50" thin cotton batting
  • 1/4 yard fusible fleece
  • 7 or more 10" lengths of ribbon, yarn, rickrack, or other trim
  • Assorted embellishments such as beads, charms, and antique buttons

Finished Bag:

7 1/2 X 8 1/4"

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4" seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics:

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut pieces in the following order.

From each of four coordinating prints, cut:

  • 2--1 1/2 x 9" strips

From red print, cut:

  • 2 -- 2 x 42" strips
  • 2 -- 8 x 9 1/2" rectangles

From green print, cut:

  • 1 -- 8 1/2" square
  • 2 -- 8 x 10 1/2" rectangles

From thin cotton batting, cut:

  • 1 -- 3/4 x 48" strip
  • 1 -- 9" square

From fusible fleece, cut:

  • 2 -- 8 x 9 1/2" rectangles

Continued on page 2:  Assemble the Bag

 


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