Compact Messenger Bag with Inset Zipper – FREE pattern

The Compact Messenger Bag has an inset zipper top, a front zippered pocket, standard pockets along the back and in the lining gives lots of excellent options for storage ,an adjustable shoulder strap, a magnetic snap added to the main front pocket, leaving the back pocket open for easier access.

Here’s your chance to use this awesome FREE pattern from this fantastic designer to make a great Messenger Bag in a slightly smaller size: 15″ wide by 10″ high with a 2″ base.

The Compact Messenger Bag has the following features:

  • There’s an inset zipper top which keeps the main center compartment secure
  • A front zippered pocket
  • Standard pockets along the back and in the lining gives lots of excellent options for storage
  • The shoulder strap adjusts to fit any height and can even be lengthened to wear the bag crossbody
  • There’s a magnetic snap added to the main front pocket, leaving the back pocket open for easier access — but you could certainly add another snap to the back.

The Compact Messenger Bag has an inset zipper top, a front zippered pocket, standard pockets along the back and in the lining gives lots of excellent options for storage ,an adjustable shoulder strap, a magnetic snap added to the main front pocket, leaving the back pocket open for easier access.

This project is a little bit more advanced than many that this designer has produced, however, they have included a substantial number of in-progress photos along with their famous step-by-step directions. And there are also links to more in-depth tutorials on the featured techniques for inset zippers, adjustable straps, and magnetic snaps

The Compact Messenger Bag has an inset zipper top, a front zippered pocket, standard pockets along the back and in the lining gives lots of excellent options for storage ,an adjustable shoulder strap, a magnetic snap added to the main front pocket, leaving the back pocket open for easier access.

What you will need to make the Compact Messenger Bag With Inset Zipper

  • 1 yard of 44″+ wide quilting weight cotton for the main bag exterior and the front of all the straps
  • 1¼ yard of 44″+ wide quilting weight cotton for the bag lining, the exterior pocket linings, and the zipper tabs
  • 1 yard of 44”+ wide lightweight denim or similar for the exterior side panels, inset zipper trim, the back of all the straps, and the D-ring tabs
  • 1½ yards of 20″+ wide lightweight fusible interfacing
  • ½ yard of 45”+” wide one-sided fusible fleece
  • One 10″+ zipper
  • One 14″+ zipper. Note –The two zippers should match.
  • Two 1″ swivel hooks
  • Two 1″ D-rings
  • One 1″ slider
  • One ½” magnetic purse snap
  • All-purpose sewing thread to match fabric
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Sewing machine.

Click here for the FREE pattern