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HIGH STREET MESSENGER BAG

Designed with both girls and guys in mind. A clean, modern shaped messenger-style bag that maximizes space while remaining sleek in it?s silhouette. With multiple interior pockets, an easy access pocket on the flap interior, stylish pleated pockets, and a super-easy magnetic or VELCROŽ brand closure?this bag is as functional as it is fashionable. For the classroom, boardroom, or wherever life takes you. Interior holds 14"x12"x3", enough for a 14" laptop and notebooks!

If you would like to use your messenger bag to carry a laptop computer and/or electronic equipment, we recommend you use VELCROŽ brand for your bag's closure. A magnetic closure could harm your computer hard drive or equipment.

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Materials List

Allow extra yardage for matching or centering a design on your fabric.

  • 1 1/2 yards of 54” wide heavyweight Home Dec fabric for the Exterior
  • 2 1/2 yards of 54” wide coordinating heavyweight Home Dec fabric for the Lining, Handles and bias cut cord cover
  • 1 1/4 yards of 60” wide 10 oz cotton canvas or Natural Duck Cloth for the interfacing (The canvas we use is from Thompson Manufacturing. You can substitute with a Natural Duck Cloth made by Schott International, Inc.)
  • 1 sheet of 10” wide x 12” long Heavy Duty Template Plastic from Prim-Dritz™ (found with the quilting supplies) OR 1 piece of 1/8” thick heavy pressed cardboard or purchased “chipboard” from an arts supply store
  • 3 coordinating 12” zippers (we use Coats brand)
  • 1 spool of coordinating all-purpose thread (we use Coats Dual Duty XP®)
  • Use size 16 or 18 heavyweight sewing machine needles
  • 3/4” magnetic snap from Prym-Dritz™ (found in most craft and sewing stores)

OR

  • Option: If using the bag for a computer/equipment, please use VELCRO® brand fasteners for the closure.
  • 1” of 3/4” sew-on VELCRO® brand fasteners


Finished size: 12 1/2” wide x 15” tall plus a 42” Shoulder Strap x 3 1/2” deep

TOOLS NEEDED: Scissors, Iron and ironing board, Ruler, Scotch tape™, Straight pins, Zipper foot for your machine, Chalk pencil or Fabric marker, Turning tool (such as a closed pair of scissors), Masking tape, Pencil, and a Hand sewing needle