Messenger Bag Tutorial Part 3: Straps, Piping, Zipper Pouch. (The beginning here)
Supplies needed for this step: 6" x 54" strip, (2) 4" x 6" rectangles, 4" x 4" square
6" x 54" strip:
1. Fold in short ends 1/4". Press.
2. Fold strip in half along entire length (wrong sides together). Press.
3. Fold raw edges into center crease. Press. This will result in one long strap 1 1/2" x 53 1/2".
4. Edgestitch around perimeter of strap. Add an additional row of stitching 1/4" in from the edge if desired.
4" x 6" rectangles:
1. Fold in half making a 3" x 4" rectangle. Press.
2. Fold raw edges to center making 1 1/2" x 4" strip. Press.
3. Edgestitch sides. Add additional row of stitching if desired. Leave short ends unfinished.
4" x 4" square:
Repeat process as above, making a 1" x 4" strip for key fob. Disregard if not including key fob. Adjust width of strip as necessary for size of key fob. Smaller hardware may require a 1/2" x 4" strip.
Supplies needed for this step: 1 package piping, (3) 1.25" x 19" strips if recovering purchased piping or cording
Subcut piping to (3) 18" strips. Unpick a few stitches from the ends and open piping. Clip off 1/2" of cording from each side of the 18" strip. Fold piping fabric back in place. This reduces bulk from side seams when stitching the bag together.
If recovering piping, center altered piping on 1.25" x 19" strip.
Fold fabric over piping, and stitch a basting stitch with zipper foot or piping foot.
Making Pocket Panels (interior and exterior):
Supplies needed for this step: Altered piping, Pocket panel lining pieces (inner & outer), Pocket panel fabric pieces (inner & outer), zipper foot or piping foot
Attach piping to right side of pocket panel lining with a basting stitch. Aline top raw edge with raw edge of piping. Do not stitch too close to the piping stitches on this step.
Attach pocket panel fabric to lining and piping piece. Place right sides together with piping sandwiched in between. Stitch with a regular stitch length as closely as possible to piping. A zipper foot works, but a piping foot is very helpful for this step.
Flip right sides out and press. Topstitch 1/8" from top edge of panel fabric. Repeat with each pocket panel and corresponding lining.
Supplies needed for this step: 12" zipper, a 3" fabric rectangle, and four zipper pouch rectangles (9.5" x 13.5") from selected fabric
The zipper should measure just short of 12" when finished. Adjust zipper tabs and zipper length accordingly.
Completed zipper with tabs. My zipper was a 10" zipper. I added 1" finished tabs to reach a 12" length.
Once zipper is installed and sewn to both the lining and exterior pouch fabric, it should look something like this. Now place right sides of exterior fabric together and sew only the bottom seam. Repeat with lining, sewing only the bottom seam. Press seams open.
Flip pouch right sides out and sew a basting stitch 1/4" from raw edges along both sides.
Messenger Bag Tutorial. Read more:
Part 3. Messenger Bag Tutorial: Straps, Piping, Zipper Pouch (you are here)