Tea Towel Projects: Quick and Easy Messenger Bag Tutorial
Tea towels are a great source of inexpensive fabric, especially for small projects.
They’re usually made from good quality cotton fabric, they come in a variety of prints and colours and if you buy a set of them, they all co-ordinate. Also, if you are careful, you can often use the existing hems and avoid having to sew new hems yourself!
For this project, I wanted to see how quick it would be to make an easy messenger bag out of a couple of tea towels.
I am happy to tell you that it was very easy and fairly quick! In total it took me about an hour and a half, including a tea break.
As I prefer not to trek into town unless I really need to, I bought some tea towels from Amazon. I love the blue and white and the print is not too kitcheny. This is an affiliate link to the tea towels I used.
I was careful to choose a non directional print as that would have involved extra cutting. I used some sew in interfacing with the tea towels to give the bag some firmness.
For the strap I used webbing for convenience (I already had some left over from another project), but I could have used the third tea towel. The bag doesn’t have a closure. I toyed with the idea of buttons but as I didn’t have 2 the same, I decided to leave it.
Here’s my quick and easy messenger bag tutorial!
Quick and Easy Messenger Bag Tutorial
You Will Need
2 cotton tea towels, sew in interfacing, webbing, 2 D rings, usual sewing supplies.
1. Cut a piece of interfacing the same size as the tea towels.
3. Squash one of the corners so that the side seam is next to the fold at the bottom. Pin 2.5 cm up, then sew across the corner at right angles to the seam. Repeat for the other corner. Cut the corners off.
4. Make the outer in the same way. Sew the interfacing with the outer.
5. Pop the lining inside the outer so that the right sides are together. Sew around the edge of the flap and the top of the main part of the bag, leaving an opening of about 10 – 15 cm. Trim the seams. Where the flap meets the bag, snip right into the corner, being careful not to cut the stitches.
7. Cut 2 pieces of webbing 8 cm long. Using a candle, carefully melt the ends by passing them over the candle a couple of cm above the flame.
10. Cut a length of webbing long enough to across your body, from your shoulder to your waist, twice. Melt the ends with the candle, then fold one end over one of the D rings. Sew in place. Repeat with the other end of the strap.
Using a non directional print will save you time. Otherwise you’ll have to cut and re sew the back of the bag and the flap.
Using webbing for the strap and the D rings will take less time than sewing a strap.
Quick and easy closures include velcro, magnetic snaps (there’s a tutorial here if you haven’t used these before) or buttons and elastic.
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