The Best Free Messenger Bag Patterns

Just the best free messenger bag patterns, for kids and grown ups. Good to see some for men too.

Messenger bags are everywhere these days.  Grown ups, kids, men, and even dolls have a messenger bag.  Large or small, inconspicuous or bright, plain and simple or full of pockets, catches and accessories – the messenger bag allows you to carry exactly what you need everywhere.

For the office, school, work, as a lunch bag, on your bike – this really is a versatile style of bag and I've put together a round up of some of the best, easiest, most thorough, biggest, smallest and nicest all round messenger bags for you to sew.  And of course they are all free patterns for you to sew.

There are so many great inspiring ideas here, you could even mix and match your favorite features and make up a totally unique messenger bag all of your very own with just the pockets, straps, closures, zippers and features that YOU need.


The Best Free Messenger Bag Patterns


Paid pattern options

Looking for more ideas?

Try the Cross Body Bag pattern, one of my own designs.

Just what I've been looking for. A cross-body bag sewing pattern with lots of pockets inside and out and lots of options.


For more bag patterns, check out the So Sew Easy list of BAG PATTERNS and tutorials HERE.

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I teach sewing to children in a low-income neighborhood in Israel. I charge a small amount so that the families will take the lessons seriously, but I spend more on supplies and machine maintenance than I make. I really love that you continue to provide free patterns. I can usually find a free pattern for a project my students (particularly the boys) want to make. I wish I could afford to “buy you a coffee,” but I can’t. I hope my kind words will be worth something.

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Hanna

HI Hanna, please keep the art of sewing alive, it is a joy to know that the patterns are being used to teach the young. By commenting you are making the article be noticed by the Google bots. So thank you for taking the time to comment. Do let me know if you need any further assistance or a pattern the children ask for, it will be my honor to help. Kind Regards, MC


Love this list. Just wanted to warn that the link to the Cold
hands Warm hearts bag is no longer accurate and links to some pretty risqué stuff

So Sew Easy
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Reply to  Lauren

Hi Lauren, thanks so much for letting me know. I have removed the link to that project. Kind regards, Mayra

Elaine Annunzaito
Elaine Annunzaito

I really like your site. I downloaded the doc t PDF to try to download the messenger bag and it asked me to convert a file. How do I get the pattern to a file if I can’t download it? what a I doing wrong?


Hi Deby, thanks for the free patterns as well as the paid ones. I have a passion for sewing, just not enough hours in a day!


Hey Debi,

I recently made the messenger bag shared by Amber of Crazy Little Projects for my oldest granddaughter, and it was so easy to do. I will be making a second one today or tomorrow for my second granddaughter.

Thanks for doing this round up of patterns. You show a lot of them I didn’t see when I was searching for a pattern for the messenger bag I just made.

Have a wonderful day!

Debbie A….(0;


I’m new to this site and of course was excited to see the words “free patterns”. However, the one I particularly like – the midtown messenger bag- shows a price of $12.95. How does this constitute free? I await your response.

Jann from Newton Custom Interiors

Thanks for this resource! I have so many sewing projects that I’d like to do for myself, just not enough time, but I’d love to make one of these sometime!