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Step 1) Cut the fabric.

Cut the following from the billboard material (or other sturdy fabric):

Cut the following from the lining fabric:

*If desired, create a curved flap edge by tracing around a lid or plate on the two corners of the long edge of the flap piece.

Tips for working with billboard material

Step 2) Make the lining.

With wrong sides together, fold one 16″; x 19″; lining rectangle (the pocket piece) in half to create an 8″; x 19″; rectangle. Press. Edgestitch 1/8″; away from the finished, pressed edge.

Place the folded rectangle along the lower edge of one lining piece, right sides together. Baste along the raw edges.

Fold the lining in half lengthwise; find the center and make a crease. Stitch along this crease, creating two divided pocket sections. Set the lining piece with the pocket aside.

With the short ends togetherpersonalised teacher gifts, stitch the side lining pieces to each end of the bottom lining strip.

Starting with the upper corner, sew side strip to one lining panel, pivoting at the corners. To pivot: Stitch until you reach the seam of thee side strip, move the needle down into the fabric, lift the presser foot, and turn the strip. After pivoting, lower the presser foot and continue sewing.

Clip the corners.

Repeat for the second 16″; x 19″; lining panel.

?Step 3) Make the body of the bag.

Stitch the side and bottom pieces together and attach them to the side pieces in the same way as the lining was constructed in the steps above.

Since billboard material is quite a bit thicker than regular woven cotton fabric, you may find it necessary to clip the material at the seam edges when attaching the sides to the main panels. To do this, when it is time to pivot, keep the needle down, lift the presser foot, clip the panel at a 45° angle to the needle, then left the panel and side/bottom strip and continue sewing.

Step 4) Make the flap.

To create the bag flap, place the lining and exterior flap pieces right sides together, then sew around the three sides of the panels.

Trim the seam allowances to reduce bulk.

Turn the flap right side out and press. If desired, topstitch around the three finished edges of the flap panel.

With exterior fabrics right sides together, baste the flap to the back of the messenger bag.

Step 5) Make the tabs and strap.

Fold one tab rectangle in half lengthwise; finger press to create a crease. Open up the fold and bring the raw edges in to the center to meet the fold. Fold again on the initial crease, creating a long rectangle with two finished edges. Edgestitch along both long edges of the tab. Repeat for the second tab.

Slip a D-ring through one tab and fold the tab in half. Center the tab on an exterior side panel, matching the raw edges, and baste it in place. Repeat for the second tab.

Insert the bag exterior into the bag lining, right sides together, matching seams and raw edges.

Stitch around the bag, leaving a 6″;-wide opening for turning. (If using sturdy fabric rather than billboard material, the opening doesn’;t need to be this large.)

Pull the bag right side out through the opening. Press.

Edgestitch around the bag, making sure the flap and tabs are kept away from the stitching. The edgestitching will close the opening in the lining and bag.

Insert the webbing through one of the D-rings. Fold back 1″; and stitch in place. Repeat for the other end of the strap and the second D-ring, making sure the strap isn’;t twisted.

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