If you’ve got kids, you know how attached they can get to their stuffed animals. My boys have two little panda bears that have gone practically everywhere with us! I thought it would be fun to customize a messenger bag with a little section that a child could place their stuffed toy for safe keeping. Consumer Crafts has tons of fabric options for you to perfectly match this bag for your little boy or girl. I know they’re going to love their doll carrying DIY messenger bag!
- 9.5″ Natural Cotton Canvas Messenger Bag
- Riley Blake Designs Goldilocks Stackers
- White & Gray Chevron Fat Quarter
- Sewing Machine and Supplies
- Doll Carrying Messenger Bag Pattern
Step 1. Before you start sewing, you’re going to want to figure out what set of fabric designs you want to use. Of course, if you’re going with large pieces of fabric, you’ll be able to skip this part and move directly to step 5.
Step 2. Begin making your patchwork by sewing two of the 5″ squares together. Repeat four times with all other squares.
Step 3. Sew two pairs together to form a square. You’ll need two of these 4-square panels for the front and inside pockets.
Step 4. Use a sewing machine to press the seams flat.
Step 5. Use the free pattern to cut both the front and inner pocket.
Step 6. Cut the front and inner pocket lining from your secondary fabric as well.
Step 7. Sew the front fabric pieces (right sides facing each other) together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 3″ opening at the top to flip the piece right side out.
Step 8. Trim edges and notch corners so that they lay flat when right side out.
Step 9. Turn right side out and press seams.
Step 10. Sew top section closed with a 1/4″ finishing seam.
Step 11. Pin both the front and inside pockets in place. Stitch around the edge to secure.
Your super cute doll carrying DIY messenger bag is ready to go!
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Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at Tried & True.