This begins the tutorials for my messenger bag. Supply list is here. Because this is quite an involved project, it's too much for a single post.
Now onto cutting out your bag:
From 1 yd, 54"width Home Dec fabric print #1 (Primrose on my bag):
(Note: You could get away with 3/4 yd, but that would be cutting it close with shrinkage and fraying). Seam allowance is included in measurements listed.
From 1 yd, 54"width Home Dec fabric print #2 (Tartan on my bag):
From 1/2 yd, 54" width Home Dec fabric print #3 (Poppy on my bag):
From 1/2 yd 54" width cotton duck, twill, denim or other heavy weight fabric for interlining:
From 1/3 yd, 42" width quilting cotton for pocket lining (I used Kona bone):
**Also cut (2) 12.75" x 17" pieces from interfacing.
Things to consider before cutting:
Prewash all fabrics, unless dry clean only. Press well. Don't use softeners.
Be careful of directional prints when cutting. All diagrams/layouts shown are WOF/selvage-to-selvage.
Remove selvages before cutting bag pieces.
Cut one 3" square for the zipper tabs on the larger zipper pouch.
Cut two small scraps 2" x 2" of interfacing and cotton duck for snap installation (or use Peltex).
If making or recovering piping, 1.5 yds of 1/8" cording is needed. Cut (3) 1.25" x 19" strips of coordinating quilting cotton to cover cording.
For a sturdier bag, purchase an extra 1/2 yd of cotton duck and cut two additional panels for the bag interlining.
Messenger Bag Tutorial. Read more:
Part 2. Messenger Bag Tutorial: Cutting Instructions (you are here)