Midtown Messenger Bag PDF Sewing Pattern


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The Midtown Messenger is a versatile bag you’ll want to carry everyday. It’s got a classic messenger bag style with lots of extra details. The outer bag has front and back slip pockets and a flap that secures with 2 tuck catch closures. Under the flap is a recessed zipper for extra security and a padded tablet pocket inside. Make the Midtown Messenger with durable waxed canvas for a rugged look or repurpose a pair of jeans and a vintage table cloth for a one-of-a-kind bag.

My printable PDF instructions include color photographs, detailed diagrams, glossary and all the assembly directions you'll need to make the Midtown Messenger Bag (13 1/2” W x 10” H x 2 1/2” D). PDF pattern includes a special coloring page for you to play and experiment with fabric choices.

Skill Level: Eager Intermediate. If you’ve sewn from a sewing pattern before, completed several projects and are eager to try new techniques, you should be able to handle this project!

Materials you'll need:
1 yd of 45” wide canvas for the Main fabric
1/3 yd of 54” wide 10 oz. waxed canvas for the Accent fabric
1 yd of 45" wide light weight woven for the Lining fabric
1 yd of 20" wide woven cotton fusible interfacing
1 yd yard of 45" wide batting
2 1/2" x 11" piece of heavy-duty stabilizer, such as Peltex
(1) 14” metal non separating zipper
(2) 1.5" wide rectangular metal rings
(1) 1.5" wide metal slider buckle
(2) 1” wide metal tuck catches
1” x 1” piece of velcro

This pattern is an instant download! After confirmed payment you will receive an email with a download link. If you have not received it or if you have any questions about the file, please contact me for assistance. PLEASE NOTE: No hard copy will be mailed to you. This pattern is for personal and limited commercial use for one purchaser only. Not to be used for mass production.

All images and patterns copyright 2014, Betz White Productions, LLC. All rights reserved.

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5 out of 5 stars

Great pattern! I wanted to use this as a diaper bag (that my hubby would also be proud to carry), so I made the gusset 1.5" deeper and didn't include the tablet pocket. I then included a total of 5 roomy, pleated pockets of various widths inside. I added a clip on the outside to clip a wet bag (for dirty cloth diapers) to. Being a gig bag maker, I have tons of different interfacings and things on hand, so I did get a bit creative with those and love the end result! :-) The bag design is super versatile and hubby already asked for another one that he can use for a briefcase!

Deena Bailarina 31 Oct, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This is my first time to buy a sewing pattern from Etsy and I was really impressed. The diagrams were helpful and very professional. The instructions were descriptive and not too hard to follow. The pieces printed out perfectly. The finished product was excellent, despite my little imperfections. My 18 year old daughter gushed over hers, loving all the details and functionality. I made two of them in one day. I may have been having so much fun I stayed up until 5am sewing. 😳 I will be perusing her store for more great patterns.

Tammy Hart 27 Feb, 2022

4 out of 5 stars

Some parts were a bit tricky and maybe not solved the easiest way in this pattern. But despite that, I like it.

Tora Myhr 22 Apr, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

The bag turned out great in the end. I am intermediate/advanced in sewing and this was hard for me to figure out. Otherwise everything was great.

Sonja Fitzgerald 15 Dec, 2017

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