Make a Colorful, Fun, and Functional Bag with Leftovers

It really didn’t cost me much to make this very colorful, fun, and functional messenger bag.

I am fortunate enough to have A LOTTA leftover fabric, plus the batting, and most of the other necessary supplies.

make a colorful, fun, and functional bag with leftovers

Note: these posts cover the general steps of the outside of a Del~Lillian Art Quilted bag.
How to make Awesome Quilted Totes with Left Overs
Making a Striking Quilted Bag From Leftovers (Part 2)

My only cost was a few pieces of hardware to make an adjustable strap.

So if you are lucky enough to have, a bunch of leftover fabrics, batting, some sewing supplies, and have a little time on your hands, you can easily make a bag for yourself.
Functioanl messenger bag, del~lillian's

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Depending on what I am making, sometimes I’ll quilt the fabric panel, then
cut the bag pieces from that.

Horizontal

For this project I decided to cut up the bag sections before I quilted them.

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I only used the fabric panel that I made from my leftovers, for the most visible sections of the bag.

(Flap, Front, and Back pocket)

Basic Steps to create this Fun and Functional Messenger Bag

  • Cut section slightly larger then needed
  • Layer the fabric with batting and backing (I use cotton batting and a natural cotton muslin for my backing)
  • Baste the Layers together
  • next is the best part..Quilt it!
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Front panel, quilted and trimmed

Finishing Steps

  • Once all the pieces are quilted the outside of the bag is assembled.
  • The next step is to add some of the decorative elements and straps
  • When I started making my bags for my Del~Lillian’s shop, I always added a fabric loop with a D-Ring at the end. It is a decorative element that you will find on most of my bags.

  • I wanted this bag to have lots of versatility, so I made the straps adjustable.
    Before the lining is added the loops for the strap ends needed to be sewn in place.
  • Cut pieces of lining fabric and interfacing for the bag and all the pockets.
  • For this messenger bag I used a nice batik fabric for the lining and heavy weight interfacing. This makes the bag very sturdy.

  • Pockets are added before the lining is assembled.
  • make the lining and sew into place inside the bag.
  • Now the adjustable strap can be made and attached to the bag

Need additional Supplies? Check out Quilting Supplies at Craftsy

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Finished Del~Lillian’s Art Quilted Messenger Bag

What kind of bags or purses are your favorites?

Big or small? Flaps or zips?

Let me know in the comment section below. 🙂

Create it…with leftovers!

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