Color Block Messenger Bag

on August 12 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 3 Comments

Malka Dubrawsky from a stitch in dye helps you head back to school in style with this stunning Color Block Messenger Bag. We’re longtime fans of all that Malka does, including the various tutorials she’s shared here before, the Supersize Shoo-Fly Quilt, Fish Baby Log Cabin Quilt and Tree Improv Placemats. Malka’s a stitch in dye is full of her bright and beautiful work. Visit and delight in her designs, and have fun with the messenger bag too!


This bag design brings together so many current loves: denim and chambray, simple, construction and a nod to rounded edges. I’ve crafted this bag to be functional and fun and a pretty quick sew, a perfect back-to-school project.

Finished Size: 13” x 15”

Materials:
Fabrics:

  • 1/2 yard chambray cotton
  • Scraps of denim cotton
  • 1/2 yard coordinating cotton for bag lining
  • 1/2 yard of 2 differently colored cotton solids
  • 1 packages single fold bias tape

Other Supplies:

  • Rotary cutter
  • Self-healing mat
  • Quilter’s clear, acrylic ruler
  • Commercial hexagon template, Note: I used Darlene Zimmerman’s Hexagon Template made by EZ Quilting.
  • Commercial diamond template, Note: I used Darlene Zimmerman’s 60 Degree Diamond Template made by EZ Quilting.
  • Fabric marker
  • 1 sheet on 8 1/2” x 11” paper
  • Pencil
  • Paper scissors
  • Pins
  • Coordinating sewing thread
  • Iron
  • 3, 18” x 18” squares of cotton batting
  • Quilt basting materials
  • Coordinating machine quilting thread
  • Scissors
  • Small dessert plate for use as a template

Making the Right Triangle Template:
1. Working from right hand corner of paper, measure and mark a point 4 1/4” straight up from corner along right hand edge of paper.

2. Measure and mark a second point 2 1/4” from same corner that is perpendicular to first point along bottom edge of paper.

3. Using a ruler, connect marked points to create a hypotenuse edge of a right triangle.

4. Working with paper scissors, cut out right triangle template.

Cutting the Fabric:
From chambray cut the following:
- 2 rectangles measuring 13 3/4” x 10 1/4”
- 2 rectangles measuring 9 1/4” x 3 1/2”
- 2 strips measuring 1 3/4” x 6 1/2”
- 1 rectangle measuring 9 1/4” x 4 1/2”
- 6, 1 1/2”diamonds
- 4 right triangles using triangle template
- 1, 2 1/2” hexagon

From denim fabric cut 6, 2 1/2” hexagons

From coordinating cotton fabric for lining, cut three pieces measuring about 18” x 18”

From each of the solid cotton fabrics cut:
- 2 strips measuring 13 3/4” x 2 1/2”
- 1 strip measuring 15 1/4” x 2 1/2” for bag body
- 2 strips measuring 1 3/4” x 40” for bag straps
Note: You will have five cut strips from each of the solid cotton fabrics. From bias binding cut three strips measuring 36”.

Making Hexagon Patchwork:
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4”. Unless otherwise noted, press seams to one side, alternating sides where seams intersect.
1. Working with center chambray hexagon patch and one denim hexagon patch, pin hexagons right sides together, along common edge.

2. Sew hexagons together, starting and stopping at from corner, backstitching at beginning and end of seam. Press seam.

3. Pin third hexagon patch to denim patch of sewn pair, right sides together, along common edge.

4. Starting 1/4” from corner, sew along common edge, remembering to stop and backstitch 1/4” from end corner.

5. Reposition third hexagon patch to align its next edge with edge of chambray center patch.

6. Beginning 1/4” from corner, sew along common edge, stopping and backstitching 1/4” from end.

7. Continue adding hexagons, one at a time to sewn group, aligning edges as you work and remembering to begin and end seam 1/4” from each edge.
Note: Final hexagon involves three rather than two seams. This method is called Y Seaming. Here’s a great tutorial on this technique.

8. Using Y seam technique sew chambray diamonds, one at a time, in between denim hexagon patches.

9. Pin chambray right triangle to one edge of patchwork hexagon, right sides together. Sew together. Press seam.

10. Repeat Step 9 to add remaining three chambray right triangles to patchwork hexagon.

11. Trim, if necessary, so that patchwork measures 7” x 6 1/2”.

Making Bag Flap:
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4”. Unless otherwise noted, press seams to one side, alternating sides where seams intersect.
1. Pin 1, 1 3/4” x 6 1/2” chambray strip to one 6 1/2” side of hexagon block, right sides together. Sew together. Press seams.

2. Repeat Step 1 to attach second chambray strip to opposite edge.

3. Pin 3 1/2” x 9 1/4” chambray rectangle to bottom edge of sewn section, right sides together. Sew together. Press seam.

4. Pin 9 1/4” x 4 1/2” chambray rectangle to top edge of sewn section, right sides together. Sew together. Press seam.

5. Working on a flat surface, layer 1, 18” x 18” bag lining square, wrong side facing up, 1, 18” x 18” batting square, and sewn flap, right side facing up.

6. Baste together as you would a quilt.

7. Machine quilt layers together, removing basting as you work.
Note: Sample was quilted with vertical lines spaced about 1/4” apart.

8. Trim edges even.

9. Using a small plate, round bottom edges of quilted flap.

10. Apply one binding strip to flap, binding both long edge and rounded edge, but leaving top edge unbound.

11. Set aside.

Making Bag Front and Back:
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4”. Unless otherwise noted, press seams to one side, alternating sides where seams intersect.
1. Working with 1, 13 3/4” x10 1/4” chambray rectangle and 1, 13 3/4” x 2 1/2” solid cotton strip, pin, right sides together, along common long edge. Sew together. Press seam.

2. Repeat Step 1 to attach solid cotton strip to opposite side of chambray rectangle.

3. Pin 15 1/4” x 2 1/2” strip to bottom edge of sew section, right sides together. Sew together. Press seam.

4. Repeat Steps 1-3 to make second side of bag with differently colored cotton solid.

5. Working with one bag side, layer one square of lining fabric, wrong side facing up, one square of batting, and sewn bag side, right side facing up.

6. Baste together as you would a quilt.

7. Quilt bag side removing basting as you work.
Note: Sample was quilted with vertical lines spaced about 1/4” apart.

8. Trim edges even and, using a plate as your template, round bottom edges of bag side.

9. Repeat Steps 5-8 for second side.

10. Pin bag front and back, right sides together. Sew together.

11. Apply binding to sewn bag front and back as you would a quilt, binding both sides and rounded bottom edge, but leaving top edge unbound.

12. From right top edge measure and mark a dart point 1” from right hand corner.

13. Draw dart so that it gradually angles into side seam about 4 1/2” from top edge.

14. Sew along marked line.

15. Repeat Step 12 and 13 from left edge to making opposite side dart.

16. Set aside.

Making Bag Straps:
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4”. Unless otherwise noted, press seams to one side, alternating sides where seams intersect.
1. Pin 2, 1 3/4” x 40” differently colored cotton solids, right sides together, along long edges. Sew together. Press seam.

2. Repeat Step 1 with remaining strap strips.

3. Pin sewn strap sides, right sides together along both long edges, leaving short edges open.

4. Sew together. Turn right sides out.

5. Top stitch strap with stitching lines placed vertically and spaced about 1/4” apart.

Putting the Bag Together:
1. Center, pin, and machine baste flap to top edge of bag back so that right sides of both are facing and flap is positioned toward bag bottom.

2. Position, pin, and machine baste strap short edges to top edges of bag sides so that center strap seam of straps align with center seam of bag sides and strap hangs down toward bag bottom.

3. Working with bias binding, bind top edge of bag, catching basted bag flap and straps in binding.

4. Turn binding toward bag interior and machine stitch to interior of bag.

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3 Responses to Color Block Messenger Bag

  1. Sondra says:

    Thank you for this fun bag!

  2. anna says:

    so pretty! love the shape and the piecing!

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