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Kid-sized Messenger Bag Free Pattern and Sewing Tutorial

Step 6: Sew and attach messenger bag flap

Cut two 9.5″ X 8.5″ rectangles of fabric and one 9.5″ X 8.5″ piece of iron-on interfacing for flap. Iron on interfacing onto the outside piece of the flap.

Put the flap piece onto your cutting surface.

How to sew a flap for a kid's messenger bag - free sewing pattern

I rounded off the corners for my flap like I did on the corners of my free apron sewing project but you can leave them as corners if you’d like. If you do want rounded corners like mine, place a coaster or a glass on the bottom corners and trace the curve.

How to round corners on a flap for a kid's messenger bag

Cut off the corners and repeat on the other flap piece.

How to sew a flap on a kid's messenger bag

Place the flap pieces together, right sides together, and sew 1/2″ inch seams (making sure to leave the top edge unsewn so you can turn it) and clip the curves.

How to clip corners on a curved kid's messenger bag flap

Turn the messenger bag flap right-side out.

How to sew a child-sized messenger bag flap

And iron it flat.

How to sew a child-sized messenger bag flap

Top stitch close to the edge.

How to sew a child-sized messenger bag flap

Place the right side of the flap against the back of the messenger bag. Sew the flap to the back side of the messenger bag 1/4″ from the raw edge.

How to sew straps onto a messenger bag for children

Step 7 (last step!): Attach lining to the bag

With the lining inside out, slip the outside messenger bag/straps/flap *inside* the lining so that there right sides are together. I know, it sounds weird. It’ll look like this:

How to sew a lined messenger bag - free sewing pattern

I followed this tutorial from mmmcrafts for how to do this “connect the flap” part. She has illustrations that are easier to follow than my photos so go check them out.

Sew around the lining 1/2″ leaving about 6 inches open to turn the messenger bag right-side out in a minute. Again, check out the illustrations here for a good visual.

How to sew a lined messenger bag - free sewing pattern

Now turn it through the open gap.

How to sew a kid's messenger bag - free sewing pattern

Pin the open gap shut…

How to sew a messenger bag

…and iron (or vice versa).

How to sew a flap onto a messenger bag

Topstitch around the messenger bag edge which will close your open gap…

How to sew a flap onto a messenger bag

…and also reinforce the flap a bit more.

How to sew a flap onto a messenger bag

I added some VELCRO Brand Fabric Adhesive fasteners (if you want to use the sew-on fastener then you can affix those earlier when you’re making the bag outside and flap). Now it’s ready for your kid to fill with Thomas the Train and other take-along treasures.

Kid messenger bag free pattern and sewing tutorial

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Free sewing pattern for a kid-sized messenger bag. It's an easy DIY sewing project for beginners and makes a great DIY gift for kids!

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Free sewing pattern for a kid-sized messenger bag. It's an easy DIY sewing project for beginners and makes a great DIY gift for kids!

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RMiller

Saturday 10th of November 2018

Thanks so much for this tutorial. I was looking for a pattern or instructions to make a child-sized messenger bag to hold art supplies. Now I can get started!

Kathy

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

That's great to hear! Happy sewing!

Krystal

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Do you recommend using corduroy for the outside of the bag, or will cotton work just as good?

Kathy

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Hi Krystal! Cotton would be great for this bag. You may want to add some interfacing to the outside cotton piece. My favorite interfacing is actually blackout drapery lining that you treat like sew-in interfacing (basically, just layer it behind your cotton and pretend the two pieces are just one piece. Drapery lining gives a good, non-crunchy feel that works really well for bags ...or you could use iron-on kind too. Happy sewing!

Joyce Check

Monday 18th of June 2018

I can't find where to print pattern for kids messenger bag

Kathy

Thursday 9th of August 2018

Hi Joyce, I see that you were asking about printing a pattern. Currently, I just have measurements to cut your own rectangle shapes rather than downloading printable pattern pieces, but adding an actual paper pattern is a good idea and I'll work on that. Thanks for visiting, and happy sewing!

Cari

Saturday 20th of January 2018

Hi there! I'm a new sewer and working on this bag. I can't figure out where to do the straps! is it on the sides (where the side seams are, or more in the back? I've turned the bag (finished it,) but the straps are trapped! :)

Thanks! Cari

Kathy

Sunday 21st of January 2018

Hi Cari, I emailed you too but for future readers: the straps go on the sides with the seams. I loved seeing your bag so much! Thanks a bunch for sending me a photo :)

Joanna Barile

Monday 4th of September 2017

I made this for a little girl... thank you for your clear instructions...

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