Travel Messenger Bag Tutorial

For our recent family trip to England, I became obsessed with making sure that my two little guys had enough to keep them occupied on the airplane. In the weeks before the trip, I collected fun projects, books, and toys for them and decided it would hold their interest even more if they each had a brand new travel bag to put everything inside of!

The result is this messenger bag tutorial!

The inspiration really all began with this electric vintage pillowcase I found at a thrift store.  Of course I forgot to take a photo before I cut it all up, but here are some close-ups:

…and I pulled this vacation themed fabric from my stash that I would use for the pen pockets:

I made a strap shoulder-carrying version for my elder…

and a backpack version for my younger. The backpack version has a shorter pocket depth to fit his smaller pens and, unfortunately, a lower placement of the front flap (which you won’t see in the tutorial because I discovered after making this one first that I can’t fit the pencil in the pocket in front of the magnetic closure…duh!)…

You can download the PDF of the project here!

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  1. Posted March 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Appreciate it

  2. Posted April 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I love those pockets in the front! How handy. Looks like a great traveling bag!

  3. Posted April 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this is fantastic! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial, I’ll be linking.

  4. Posted April 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Love your thrifted fabric! I have never seen that print before, it is so retro and so cute. I bet your boys filled it up with a lot of fun finds from your trip.

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