Messenger Bag. This useful stylish bag will carry a laptop or tablet


This is an ideal follow-on project for further practice once you've completed one of the Beginners courses.  This is a 4-week evening course (2 hours per week)

When can I book?

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Course description

This useful Messenger bag will easily hold a full-size laptop (an I-pad Pro, a 15" MacBook, or a 14" windows laptop) or can just be used as a carry-all tote for everyday. The  bag dimensions are 28 x 36 x 7 cm and is a landscape-format.

The bag has a front flap with magnetic closure, a large front pocket, and an inner zipped pocket for security.  there are a further two inside patch pockets. The exposed zip is common in bag-making so it's a great thing to know how to do. The bag doesn't take much fabric either so it's useful for using up small quantities of leftovers for the flap and pocket linings.  The main body of the bag is made in a sturdy fabric like denim or cotton drill, while the contrast used for the flaps and pockets can be made from craft cotton. I’ll advise the fabric requirements when you book.

The shoulder strap is made in fabric or you can use purchased webbing. It's stitched in to the sides so there's no tricky hardware to fiddle with.


Who is this aimed at?

This is an achievable project if you have confident sewing skills. The challenges here include zipped pockets, adding a lining and decorative topstitching. Once you’ve made one messenger bag, you’ll understand how to alter the size too so you can make others at home. It's a suitable follow-on project if you've completed the Beginners sewing course XL.

What will I learn?

Lots of valuable craft sewing skills:

  • how to make a lined front flap and pocket
  • making and attaching lined patch pockets
  • creating rounded corners and gusset
  • a inner lined, exposed zipped pocket
  • attaching a magnetic fastening


Course arrangements

I'll advise the fabric requirements when you book.
Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you prefer. Please also remember your power cable/foot control,  instruction manual and accessories.  You will need a zip foot and jeans needles size 100.