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Cross Body Messenger Bags

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We’re still in Spain, but I took some photos of some bags I made a couple of weeks ago on the off chance that I might find time in my sunbathing  busy schedule to do a quick blog post.

I was lucky enough to be given this brilliant book by someone (so sorry, but I can’t remember who!) which has some great designs in it.


A student of mine, who is just eleven years old, asked if she could make a bag as her next project and who am I to refuse? I gave her some books to look through and she chose a cross-body bag (as opposed to a body bag – totally different connotation!) from one of my books aimed at adults.

After having a quick scan of the instructions, I agreed that it was doable for a beginner, with a little help, and sent her off to go and buy all the supplies in time for the next lesson.

In the meantime, I thought it would be a good idea to just whip one up myself, so that I knew what I was looking at. After all, with four kids in each class, I have to split my time between them all and would be unable to give her one-to-one attention for the duration.

I found some canvas-like fabric in my stash that I bought on a whim ages ago that was waiting for the right project. The bold pattern was crying out for a contrasting lining, so I used up the last of my fuchsia linen and chose a matching zip.


Just over an hour later, this is what I ended up with: –


I just love the bright surprise when you open the zip.


I had everything in stock already, except the something suitable for the strap, so popped out quickly to buy a few metres of webbing which was stitched on securely in the usual way.


The back is just as attractive as the front.


I was so pleased with how it turned out that I carried straight on and made some more!

The next was made of a pale lime fabric with a cream fruit motif which I paired with……


….a vibrant turquoise lining, leftover linen from my stash.


This is probably my favourite, though – made from a butterfly print fabric that I bought from Kirstie’s Handmade Fair in Hampton last September.


I chose a cotton in various shades of blue for the lining.


Of course, I don’t need a cross-body bag, so these are destined for sale either in my Folksy shop or the school fair next weekend. 

Have you found a pattern that you couldn’t resist making again and again just for the fun of it?

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39 thoughts on “Cross Body Messenger Bags

  1. So fun and so practical! Love the contrast linings.

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  2. Such style, your students will LOVE this project, the fabrics you have chosen are so summery ~ they have cheered me up on this cold, rainy afternoon šŸ™‚

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  3. Lovely bags – I especially love the butterfly one. I expect all your little students will want to make one of these!

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  4. Oh these are just lovely, I do like this style of bag and it’s a nice touch with the contrast linings too!

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    • I always feel compelled to insert a bright lining in things – it makes anything more interesting, doesn’t it? I agree about them being comfortable to carry – more secure, too.

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  5. So cute! Perfect for young (and not so young) ladies. The butterfly is my favorite, too. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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  6. They all look so lovely in the beautiful fabrics you’ve used šŸ™‚ I agree with Mrs. P, I bet your students will really enjoy making them…and I should imagine they will become a much used accessory too!

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  7. I agree the butterfly is totally gorgeous. Enjoy rest of your holiday.

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  8. Lovely bags & will have to check out that book! It’s wonderful that you supported your student in doing what she wants, even if it might be challenging. That gives such self-confidence, and girls of all ages need encouragement! Hope you’re going to share your bags with her when she comes for her lesson. After all, it was her suggestion that led . . . šŸ˜‰

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  9. Fantastic fabric combinations & what useful bags, I’d have wanted to use them all on holiday! Such a great project for your student too

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    • I really don’t need another bag but I’m tempted to keep the butterfly one if it doesn’t sell. I usually get bored after making a few of the same things, but this pattern is so quick and easy and uses such a small amount of fabric that I can see myself making more:)

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  10. Great bags – that book looks useful.

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  11. These are gorgeous! Out of interest, do you suggest a price for the school to charge for your bags, does the school price them or is everything based on donations?

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    • I am paying to have my own stall for the fair so these are for me to sell. I donate homemade jam, elderflower cordial, scones, fudge and other such things for the school to sell for their funds, but I tend to price them up myself otherwise they sell them for less than they cost to make which is pointless, in my opinion! It all sells, so Ā£1.50 for a jar of homemade jam and Ā£3.00 for a 75cl bottle of cordial is obviously not too much, even at a school fair.

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      • This is really helpful, thank you! (And your boys’ school is seriously lucky to have you, what you make sounds delicious.) The reason I asked is that I made some little bags for a fair and they went onto a stall where everything was in return for donations, and I just had to hope that people recognised how much time had gone into making them. Next time, I’ll ask if I can price them up myself.

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  12. For starters, I hope you’re having a great time in Spain. I haven’t been in years but remember the beautiful architecture and history.

    It so nice that you encouraged your young student. I love that. Your three bags are quite charming, and I agree that the surprise of the linings add to their charm.

    I haven’t sewn for myself in so long, but I used to have a simple skirt pattern that I would make again and again. It would be long out of style by now.

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    • Thanks Alys, we are having a brilliant time – even better as we’re staying with family so no fighting for sunbeds around the pool. This bag pattern was so good that I couldn’t wait to make another…and another. Rarely do I have the urge to make the same thing more than once but, as with your skirt, there’s always an exception.

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  13. Great bags and they should sell really well at the school fair. When I sell things for the dog shelter I price them up myself and put a notice up saying ‘50% of profits to the Dog Shelter’ or whatever you decide, so that costs can at least be covered and people know exactly what’s happening to the money.

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  14. They are really beautiful! I love your fabric choices šŸ™‚

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  15. Lovely bags. I’m sure they’ll be snatched up quickly. Personally I don’t like making the same thing again = butterfly brain I guess šŸ™‚

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  16. Such pretty bags! I’m sure they’ll be snapped up but I’m surprised you can part with them!

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  17. Sheila I have missed you so much. I have been super sick, Not to mention I had to buy another computer. My new one I had just bought had a fried mother board. ….Geeeeeeez! I love the butterflies, My mums all time. I just cried you did a beautiful job!!! Your students are doing great1

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  18. Argh…. I’ve missed too many of your wonderful and always inspiring blog posts, Sheila! Having a great time catching up! Marianne xx

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