Monday, February 4, 2013

Go-Everywhere Mini Messenger Bag

My kiddos and I have really enjoyed biking on the trails here in our neighborhood.  Sometimes we are biking for nearly an hour.  During those longer rides I like to make sure I take my keys, phone, and some change with us.  Not every pair of shorts or pants can accommodate all those items, so I decided I needed to make a solution.  It needed to be a little bag that wouldn't get in the way and wasn't too heavy, but could still hold more than a pocket could.   I came up with the idea of a mini messenger bag. 

Need something like this too?  Here is the pattern:

1.  Cut two pieces 7" x 5" of the flower fabric.   Cut two pieces 7"x 5" of the liner fabric.  Cut one piece  3 1/2" x 5" of the liner fabric     for the i-phone pocket.  Cut one piece 5" x 3 1/2" of the flower fabric for the flap.  Use a ruler to cut an angle on both corners. Cut one piece 5" x 3 1/2" of the liner fabric for the flap.  Use a ruler to cut an angle on both corners.

2.  Sew the two flower 7"x 5" rectangles together on three sides.  Right sides together.  Leave the top open.  

3.  Hem all four sides of the pocket.  Use a 1/4" seam.  Sew the pocket to one of the liner pieces, centering it.  Both right sides up.

4.  Sew the two flaps pieces together (one flower and one liner).  Right sides together.  Turn inside out and press the seams flat.

5.  Now, sew the two liner pieces together.  Make sure the right sides are together.  The pocket should be sandwiched in between.  Leave an opening at the bottom about 2"wide so you can turn the entire purse inside out from here.

This is what your pieces should look like at this point in the process.

6.  Cut a 2 1/2" x 45" piece of the main fabric.  This will be used for the strap.  Measure to see if 45" is the right length for you.  You may want it longer or shorter, depending on your height, etc...  Fold the strap, right sides together, and sew down the long end.  Turn inside out and press the seam.

7.  Now you are going to put it all together.   Here is how we are going to make the sandwich.  First your main fabric should be right sides out.  Then you are going to put that inside the liner fabric (which should be WRONG sides out).  You should see the seam of where you sewed on the i-phone pocket on the top.

8.  Now you are going to stick your strap in between those two layers.  The strap should be stuffed down inside the liner, but outside of the main fabric.  The top ends of the straps should be pinned to the main fabric.  You are also going to stuff the flap between the two layers.  It will be stuffed between the liner layer with the pocket and the outer layer.  The two outer layers should be facing each other and the two liner layers facing each other.  Make sure you have all those layers lined up and sew around the purse securing them all.

9.  Ok, now turn the purse inside out through the hole in the lining (which should be on the top of the sandwich).  Stuff the lining down inside the purse.  If everything looks right, pull the lining back up and  sew the hole closed.

10.  Finally attach the snap using the instructions on the back of the package.

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  1. We love our bike rides too! I do hate trying to find a "home" for everything we need to take with us. Cute project!

  2. This is so cute and useful! I am not the best sewer but, might try this one as I am always dropping my cell phone out of my pocket when I am at the barn or riding my horse. This would be so handy! Following you! Stacey

  3. What a great idea, especially for a walk/run! I usually have to carry mine. Thanks for the idea!


  4. This is perfect. I always hate having to carry my phone and keys when we walk. Will definitely be making one of these soon for me as well as my daughters. Thanks.

  5. So cute, and I might actually be able to handle it! But what I really want is an iPhone! We just bought an RV, so lots of outside stuff, would be nice to have a bag like this to use! Stopping by via the Bonbon Break! :)

    Darci the STEM Mom

  6. Yeah! I found what I've been looking for. Now to dust off my sewing machine. Thanks Melissa. Love your blog. Margi

  7. This is exactly my speed! I am not the most accomplished seamstress. But, give me a crochet hook and watch out! I wanted to use fabric for a phone bag and this will be easy to adapt to fit my phone. Happy girl!!!

    1. Yay! So glad this is something you feel you could make. Trust you enjoyed it when you were finished too. :)

  8. HI-- what size are the seams?

  9. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I modified a bit to turn this into a perfect pouch for my forearm crutch and I love it! You did a great job with this tutorial making everything very clear.

  10. This would be great for shoeboxes for Christmas. (OCC)

  11. I have been looking for a pattern to make a bag for my mother to carry her phone in on my parent's daily hikes ever since I got a call one morning from strangers who found her phone in the woods in AZ -- I am in ME. My phone # was the only one they found on it and my mother apparently dropped it out of her pocket, which is all MY fault since I told her she should be taking it with her in case of an emergency. I'm just learning to sew and wanted to make something as a gift. This is adorable and possibly something I can't mess up. ;)

  12. Sorry, but I had an awful time with this. A few more pictures would probably have helped. It ended up in the garbage :(

  13. I've got confused at the final hurdle when it comes to putting it all together. Just don't get how the lining bit goes and how it all fits in. As the previous lady said, a few more pics on the last stage please. Thanks.

  14. Does it fit an iPhone 6 Plus?

  15. Glad I'm not the only one lost by this tutorial, lol. I'm sorting here with the inside stuffed into the liner and got the life of me I can't figure out what I'm supposed to sew next to get it all put together!!

  16. Love this! Always looking for a tinier purse. Going to try this. Thank you for posting. :)

  17. I was thinking about doing this as gifts for a cruise. I am trying to find a way to add a zipper under the flap to discourage pick-pockets. Could I just baste it to the lining and then include it in the sandwich in step 7?

  18. I'll take a try at final step explanation.
    At step 7 and 8, the main bag will sit inside the lining bag, right sides together. The flap gets pushed inside so the raw edges also line up with the inner and outer bag tops. the strap goes into the bag and the raw ends are also lined up with that edge. (between the main bag and the liner fabric). The stitch line around the opening will then catch liner, bag, strap and flap in one seam. at step 9 you pull everything through the opening at the bottom of the liner, (hand sew the opening closed) stuff the lining down into the bag, press top edge flat.Strap and flap will now lie outside of the bag.