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Made out of old pants
I made this out of a pair of men's pants I found at the thrift store for six dollars. Overall the total cost was under ten dollars.
When buying the pants don't look at the size or style; just colour and texture.
Also if there is any step you don't understand or have trouble with, leave me a comment/message and I will explain it better.

Posted by Expired Sanity from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada • Published See Expired Sanity's 6 projects »
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  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    Turn pants inside out and lay flat on floor after ironing and cleaning them.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut off one pant leg at the crotch.
    (If you mess up making this the first time you always have the second leg. You will also have some daisy dukes but I don't recommend wearing them.)

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Rip the inside seam out.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold and measure out the size of your bag how you like it. Remember that the top flap is an inch or two shorter then the bag.
    Also try to line up the outer seam in the middle of the bag and flap.
    (You will have a pointed flap, but just pin that into a straight line)

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut off the excess fabric (leaving seam allowance) and pin together.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew seams together using zig-zag stitch and hem the flap using a straight stitch. Square the corners as well.
    (google this if you don't know how, or check out threadbangers)

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Remove two belt loops off the pants.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Sew the belt loops on the inside of the bag, on either side of the seams. They will be used as loops for the shoulder strap.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut off the button hole and button in straps. Be careful not to damage the zipper because it can be useful for decorating later.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Sew the button strap to the center of the bag, and the button hole strap to the center of the flap.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now sew on decoration to flap. You can silkscreen or stencil a pattern, or you can use a goonies patch like I did. You can also add any pockets/zippers/pen holders/ etc...

  • How to make a messenger bag. Goonies Messenger Bag - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now make a strap out of your roll of twine. Cut pieces of twine about twice your arm length then braid, macramé, or just tie knots at equal distances to form your strap. I left some off the end that I plan to bead later.
    (If you are having trouble finding twine at craft stores, like I did, check out your local dollar store.)

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unicasilviad
unicasilviad
espectacular!!!!!!
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Rachel C.
Rachel C. · Robinson, Illinois, US
Question: Has anyone done this purse with a lining? I have actually never sewed before, and am going to make this purse my first project, but I would like to add a lining, and I'm not 100% sure I know what I'm doing. If anyone can help it would be much appreciated!
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Ella
Ella · Forked River, New Jersey, US · 7 projects
This is a great tutorial! I've been looking all over the place for messenger bags for my sister, because she has been wanting one for about 3 years. and When I saw this and how simple it was to make, I almost died with excitement! and it's a cute and natural look, I LOVE IT!!! Happy
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Lemon Jelly
Lemon Jelly · Herschberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, DE · 2 projects
O my goodness!!! I love it!!! i want to get up and make one right now!
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LastKoalaBear
LastKoalaBear · Vancouver, British Columbia, CA · 33 projects
i would rather have this bag then the rich stuff
i love this bag so much! great idea
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Ezme
Ezme · Wantage, England, GB · 25 projects
i LOVE it!
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Vicky
Vicky · Colchester, England, GB · 55 projects
Yaaaay!! I finally got around to making one! Love how the seam is down the middle of the bag. Thanks for the how to ^^
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Expired Sanity
Expired Sanity · Prince George, British Columbia, CA · 6 projects
Wow, thanks for all the favourites and the making this a featured projects guys! <3
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1427 projects
It looks great!
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gabriela g.
gabriela g. · Col, Scotland, GB · 2 projects
I <3 this......I've always wanted to do something like that.....thanks a lot!!!
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