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How to sew a waxed canvas messenger bag tutorial

How to sew a waxed canvas messenger tote bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a waxed canvas messenger tote bag. For this project you will need 2 sets of snaps,  1.5 yards of waxed canvas and 1.5 yards of cotton fabric.

Precut your fabric to the following dimensions:

Exterior (waxed canvas):

Cut two 15″ x 15″ body panels

Cut three 6″ x 15″ side panels

Cut one 13″ x 12″ flap panel

Cut two 15″ x 18″ pocket panels

Cut two 6″ x 18″ pocket panels

Cut one 8″ x 36″ strap

Interior (cotton fabric):

Cut two 15″ x 15″ body panels

Cut three 6″ x 15″ side panels

Cut one 13″ x 12″ flap panel

Cut two 15″ x 18″ pocket panels

Cut two 6″ x 18″ pocket panels

I like to use a 5/8″ seam allowance for the interior seams and a 3/8″ or less seam allowance for the top stitching. 

The waxed canvas material I used in this tutorial is from Big Duck Canvas and is an absolute dream to work with. It moves through the machine beautifully and offers the bag ample body without the use of interfacing or batting. In addition the waxed canvas will provide the bag with a durable and weather / stain resistant exterior as well as a natural patina similar to the look of leather.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and will share photos of your finished projects with us on Facebook and Instagram using @sewspire and #sewspire. I will be back next week with a Unicorn inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

How to sew a cross body messenger tote bag

How to sew a Messenger Tote Bag

Hey y’all and welcome back to Sewspire!

This week we are making messenger style tote bags which can be worn cross body with ease. I especially appreciate the wide padded strap on this style as it is so comfy! For the exterior of my bag, I selected a simple grey Premier Print print and then went a little crazy on the interior and selected a really fun animal print that makes me smile every time I open my bag.

For this project you will need to cut 6 panels which measure 12″ tall by 16″ wide. Three of these panels should be cut from a thicker twill fabric, such as these fabulous Premier Prints and three should be cut form a nice quilt weight cotton such as these adorable Micheal Miller prints. You will also be cutting the handle from the thicker twill and it will measure 8″ wide by 54″ in length. For your project planning purposes: you will need to set aside a half yard of 54″ twill fabric and three quarter yard of cotton quilt weight fabric + a half a yard of quilt batting.

The bag comes together in a cinch and should take you less than an hour to make. I’d love to see photos of your finished projects and invite you to post pictures on the Sewspire Facebook and Instagram pages using @sewspire and #sewspire

I hope you enjoy the project and will share this blog with your creative friends! Until next week, sew happy and be inspired my beautiful friends!

XO!

Andrea

How to sew a cross body messenger tote bag
How to sew a cross body messenger tote bag by Andrea Chapman @sewspire.com