21 of the Best Free Messenger Bag Patterns & Tutorials

If you love the function and versatility of messenger style bags, pick your favorite from these free messenger bag patterns and tutorials and get sewing!

Messenger bags are one of the most versatile styles of bags and are similar in function to backpacks. They can be worn over the shoulder or across the body to ensure comfort when carrying heavy or bulky items, yet still allowing easy access to the contents.

Even though they have a basic shape, they can easily be designed to be used by adults, kids, women and even men simply by changing the fabric type, adding or removing metal hardware, and design changes like making the bag larger or smaller or slightly altering the shape.

This roundup of free messenger bag patterns and tutorials offer options for all sewing levels from beginner to advanced, as well as some creative design inspiration.

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