The Mina Messenger Bag Project
The Mina Messenger Bag features two front pleated pockets, magnetic snap closures, adjustable strap, interior zipper pocket and interior slip pockets. You will love this bag for everyday use, work, school, etc.
UPDATE : To make your life easier, the pattern pieces (of the flap, back, front also the stabilizers) are no longer overlapping, just print, assemble then cut (no more tracing) :).
Mina Messenger Bag Premium Pattern - PDF print at home - 2 sizes
The premium pattern of the Mina Messenger Bag. With this purchase, you will get 4 PDF files which include :
Pattern Pieces for Design 1 (Large) - 11 pages
Pattern Pieces for Design 2 (Small) - 8 pages
Full written instructions - Design 1 - 11 pages
Full written instructions - Design 2 - 10 pages
Finished Bag Measurements
Design 1 (Large) : 13 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 3 3/4" (34.5 x 26.5 x 9.5 cm)
Design 2 (Small) : 10" x 7 1/2" x 2" (25.5 x 19 x 5cm)
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For the main exterior I use canvas duck fabric (cotton). This is a heavier canvas, thus requires no interfacing.
I purchased my canvas fabric from this Etsy Store.
Regular cotton quilting fabric is what you need for the accent fabric and the lining fabric. The lovely butterfly theme accent fabric is another fabric collection that I designed at Spoonflower.
The exterior of design 2 combines black faux leather fabric (main body) and cotton quilting fabric (the flap).
For the lining fabric I also use cotton quilting fabric.
STABILIZER & INTERFACING
Mid-weight firm stabilizer is used in this project to add structure to the flap, sides, back, and the bottom of the bag (Design 1).
The use of faux leather fabric in Design 2, already gives the bag enough structure. Therefore, we only use the stabilizer to reinforce the flap and the bottom part.
What stabilizer to use?
I recommend to use mid wight firm stabilizer such as Decovil light, Pellon 808 (craft fuse) or Pellon 809 (decor bond)
Fusible woven interfacing is used to stabilize the pleated pocket panel
(external side). However, you may leave this out if you use heavier fabric (such as canvas or denim) as the accent fabric.
This project requires basic bag making hardwares that you might already have in your stash.
• Magnetic snap closures 2x sets (18mm for Design 1, 14mm for Design 2).
• 2x Rectangle rings 1" (you can also use D-rings)
• Adjustable strap slider 1"
• Rivets (optional) 2x sets
• All purpose nylon coil zipper (at least 8" long)
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Have fun with your project!
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