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gingham messenger bag

–This was a guest post over at Ribbon Retreat!!! I love love love this bag…One of my favorites!!!!



Hi! I’m Kim with a Girl and a glue gun! I got the letter G! I’m sure it has something to do with the three G’s in my blog title! but today I’m unplugging the glue gun and plugging in the sewing machine to show you my letter G messenger bag!!!!

gingham messenger bag 4


It’s Gingham . It’s Girlie. and it even has some Glitter. The triple threat of gs. (and cuteness.)

bag for ribbon retreat

glitter strap on bag


(first! you will have to excuse my pictures! it’s been raining and dark all week (weeks) long! Makes it impossible to snag good how-to pictures!)

Here’s the supplies –everything found at the ribbon retreat!

ribbon retreat pretty fabric and trim



(Isn’t’ that mini pink trim dreamy??? I love it!)


You will need to cut two rectangles…(I wanted the flap and inside to be contrasting so I cut and sewed to make it that way (the contrasting piece is 13 inches long!) (you can see on that top piece I added a pocket–if you want a pocket –add it NOW or forever regret it)

ribbon retreat fabric Put right sides together and sew around the bag…leaving the top flap part open (you can add interfacing or stuffing  for reinforcement!) how to sew a messenger bag

I (last minute) decided to add curved edges to my flap…so I used a plate and cut some before sewing around how to make rounded corners

Then turn right sides out. a girl and a glue gun--how to sew a messenger bag I folded in the unfinished edges and pinned the remaining opening and sewed it closed. pin up opening of bag

Now. Your dimensions are 13  and 13 for front and back and 11 for flap. So folding it up (so the inside is on the outside–see my pocket?) you are going to sew up the two sides. sew sides of bag


Then pinch the corners to sew it into a triangle. It makes a great bottom for the bag! messenger bag how to


now…since you sewed up the sides of the bag it leaves a little overhang on the sides of the bag flap. I just rolled it over and pinned it and sewed it up! I love the little gingham that sticks out! flap of messenger bag

then add the pom pom trim!  pom pom trim

and for the strap:

My strip for the strap (say that five times fast –strip for strap strip for strap strip for strap) was 46 inches by 5 inches I ended up folding it in towards each other and then used the ribbon retreat sparkly ribbon to cover up the seam! bag strap how to

then attach to the sides of the bag !!!

It’s really easy…and made so cute thanks to all the ribbon retreat goodness!!!!

girlie messenger bag

messenger bag--agirlandagluegun.com bag-a girl and a glue gun.com

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.