I have a thing for bags and purses. I’ve managed to suppress my insatiable need to buy. all. the. bags! So I have been making my own! I found some fabulous patterns from JenGiddens.com. And no, this is not an official review of the Classic Messenger Bag… but when I like something I feel its my duty to share 🙂 Customer service was amazing and Jen even helped me find clasps!

Messenger Bag - pattern by Jen Giddens


I found this fun fabric and knew it was meant to be my new bag 🙂

messenger bag



messenger bag - black and white


black and white messenger bag


The inside is lined with a white with black polka dot fabric that I found at a local thrift store (score!)

pocket view of messenger bag



inside of messenger bag


The pattern calls for a nice big pocket. Its perfect for me. The bag is nice and big and fits just about anything that I would need to take with me.  The strap is the perfect length for one shoulder or cross-body.

The pattern is very easy to understand and comes will full size pieces for cutting. I’m excited to make a few more of these and add them to the shop! As soon as I get back from vacation, I’ll be going to work on them .

Happy Monday!

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12 Responses to Classic Messenger Bag

  1. vandylj says:

    That is a cool bag. It looks so fun and useful.

  2. thehappinessagenda says:

    It's wonderful…wish I could sew well. I can't make a straight seem for my life! lol. Very cute bag!

  3. Jess says:

    SUPER cute! I'd love to make this!

  4. Heather says:

    Very cute! I like your fabric choices 🙂

  5. daringdani says:

    Love it! I love the fabric.

  6. artsyfartsymama says:

    So cute, great job!! Love your fabric!!

  7. I’ve been wanting to attempt a bag and I think this is one I would actually use. Great job!

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  9. Brandy M says:

    I’m making this bag right now. Can’t find the instruction for how long & wide to cut the strap fabric…. 🙁

    • JenniferJayne13 says:

      They're in the instructions somewhere… but I didn't use the length dimensions for my bag since I wanted it to hang a little longer. I measured using my body and cut where I liked it. I think the width was 8 inches and then its tri-folded with the raw edges ending up inside. Hope this helps!!

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