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Carry around all those huge books, sketchbooks and magazines in a cute little sketchbook bag.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1114 projects »
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  • How to make a messenger bag. Sketchbook Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut out a rectangle 36" by 14" out of the cover fabric. Cut one of the 14" long sides in to a rounded edge.

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

    Pin the cover fabric, wrong side up, on to the lining fabric. Cut out the lining fabric to the same shape as the cover fabric.

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

    Sew the cover and lining fabric together, leaving a small gap so that the fabric can be folded inside out and then sew up the gap. Fold the bottom edge of the fabric up so that the rounded edge falls over like a flap. Take two points in the middle and pin along these to make the bottom of your bag.

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

    Sew along the two middle lines that you marked along earlier, removing the pins as you go.

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

    Repeating step 1, cut out a rectangle of cover fabric the width of the lines you sewed out earlier and the height of the edge of the bag, pin this to the lining fabric and cut the lining fabric out too.

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

    Repeating step 3, sew around the cover and lining fabric and then turn inside out. Make two of these.

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

    Repeating step 1 and 5, cut out a square of cover and lining fabric about 6" by 6" for a pocket for the front of the bag.

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

    Sew the cover and lining fabric together and fold inside out.

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

    Fold the flap over and then pin a buckle strap to the flap and the front of the bag.

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

    Sew the bottom part of the buckle strap to the front of the bag.

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

    Take the pocket that you made earlier and lay it lining side up.

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

    Fold in the two edges.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Sketchbook Bag - Step 13
    Step 13

    Sew this to the front of your bag.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Sketchbook Bag - Step 14
    Step 14

    I also cut a square and flap out of clear vinyl and sewed it on to the front of my bag to make a clear pocket.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Sketchbook Bag - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now is the time to pin the sides of the bag to the main part of the bag, one side at a time, starting with the side without the flap. Sew along each edge.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Sketchbook Bag - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now sew the top part of the buckle strap to the flap.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Sketchbook Bag - Step 17
    Step 17

    Now cut a very long strip of fabric for your strap.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Sketchbook Bag - Step 18
    Step 18

    Fold it in half so that the wrong side is facing up and pin along the edge. Sew along the edge and then fold inside out.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Sketchbook Bag - Step 19
    Step 19

    Repeat the previous step with a shorter piece of fabric and then slip a D ring in the middle and sew this loop to one side of the bag.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Sketchbook Bag - Step 20
    Step 20

    Sew one end of the other fabric strip to the other side of the bag. Slip the other end through the D ring.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Sketchbook Bag - Step 21
    Step 21

    Slip this loose end through a strap adjuster and stitch down the end of the other side.

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Nomycookie^^
Nomycookie^^ · 14 projects
Omg u are actually amazing! haha still got a longg way before i can make something like that...its too cute O.O
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The Mad Hattress
The Mad Hattress · 5 projects
This is perfect for me cause I always carry around like a bajillion books.(And I love messenger bags!!) Can't wait to make my own!!
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VaNNaBaBy
VaNNaBaBy · Helena, Montana, US · 5 projects
sweet! tutorial good too! i just never have the patience for something this detailed...or time consuming is better said...props to ya. Happy
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liss601
liss601 · 1 project
awesome idea!
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tereza j.
tereza j. · Prague, Hlavní město Praha, CZ · 7 projects
woooow...i have skirt made of this fabric...good choice ;)
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Alexandria
Alexandria · 3 projects
Very nice bag, I plan on making one soon!
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Spiffy555
Spiffy555 · 37 projects
I love that!! I always have a notebook or five with me!
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Frustrated Crafter
Frustrated Crafter · 10 projects
You totally got that fabric from Ikea! I used it to make matching curtains and table-cloth for my kitchen!
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Gelidpetals
Gelidpetals · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 1 project
;___; Ahh this bag is sooo cute. I would defanitly devote my time to practicing how to sew for this =]]
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KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 373 projects
Cute bag and the tutorial was easy to understand. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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