Menu

Gingham Messenger Bag {A-Z Series, “G”}

A, B, C, D, E, F….G!!! Good Golly, can you believe we are already celebrating the letter “G”? Who knew learning more about the alphabet could be so super fun and full of crafty genius galore?!? Today we have the adorable Kimbo from a Girl and a Glue Gun sharing her homework assignment and her interpretation of what the letter “G” stands for. This project is pure awesomeness and it will have you screaming Goodness, Gracious…this “G” project is the GREATEST! Enjoy!

Hi! I’m Kimbo with a Girl and a glue gun! I got the letter G! I’m sure it has something to do with the three G’s in my blog title! But today I’m unplugging the glue gun and plugging in the sewing machine to show you my letter G messenger bag!!!!

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
It’s Gingham. It’s Girlie. And it even has some Glitter. The triple threat of g’s. (and cuteness.)

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
(First! You will have to excuse my pictures! It’s been raining and dark all week (weeks) long! Makes it impossible to snag good how-to pictures!)

Black Gingham Gingham Messenger Bag Button Pink Pom Fringe
Here’s the supplies –everything found at The Ribbon Retreat!

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
(Isn’t that mini pink trim dreamy??? I love it!)

You will need to cut two rectangles…(I wanted the flap and inside to be contrasting so I cut and sewed to make it that way.) The contrasting piece is 13 inches long!
(You can see on that top piece I added a pocket–if you want a pocket –add it NOW or forever regret it.)

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Put right sides together and sew around the bag…leaving the top flap part open (you can add interfacing or stuffing for reinforcement!)

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I (last minute) decided to add curved edges to my flap…so I used a plate and cut some before sewing around.

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Then turn right sides out.

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I folded in the unfinished edges and pinned the remaining opening and sewed it closed.

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Now. Your dimensions are 13 and 13 for front and back and 11 for flap. So folding it up (so the inside is on the outside–see my pocket?) you are going to sew up the two sides.

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Then pinch the corners to sew it into a triangle. It makes a great bottom for the bag!

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Now…since you sewed up the sides of the bag it leaves a little overhang on the sides of the bag flap. I just rolled it over and pinned it and sewed it up! I love the little gingham that sticks out!

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Then add the pom pom trim!

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
And for the strap:

My strip for the strap (say that five times fast –strip for strap strip for strap strip for strap) was 46 inches by 5 inches. I ended up folding it in towards each other and then used The Ribbon Retreat’s sparkly ribbon to cover up the seam! I used the 3/4″ ribbon, but you could use the 1.5″ if you would rather see more sparkle than fabric.

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Then attach to the sides of the bag!!!

It’s really easy…and made so cute thanks to all The Ribbon Retreat goodness!!!!

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog


As one who loves gingham, glitter and all things girlee…I am lovin’ this sweet little bag! Thank you Kimbo for sharing this g-g-g-g-great project, your incredible talent, and your adorable personality with us today! Ladies and gentlemen, this lady is crazy good at creating gorgeous crafts, and she is so much fun too! Make sure to jump over to a Girl and a glue gun to tell her hello…you will love her!

Bags, bags, bags! I love BAGS! I love them because they come in all sorts of different designs, shapes and sizes! Some are perfect for carrying all of your mommy tricks, tips and diapers too and some are perfect for nothing more than your coin purse, lip gloss and cell phone. Whatever your preferred design, size, etc., bags are the bomb!!! Check out these other g-g-g-g-great bags that you are sure to love…

Summertime Beach Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Messenger Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Leather Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
What is your favorite type of bag?

Gingham Messenger Bag - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Happy Creating, Happy Letter “G” & Happy BAGS!!!
Signature - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
ShopFabric2 ShopRibbon BlogSubscribe1

Print Friendly
This entry was posted in Bags, Bags, Bags. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

2 Comments

  1. Janet
    Posted August 9, 2014 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Love this bag. Wish I knew how to sew. Happy weekend!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 9, 2014 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      Hi Janet! Thank you for your comment! This bag is adorable, isn’t it?!? You can learn how to sew and then make this super fun bag. There are so many great sources out there for learning how to sew. In fact, one of my super cute blogger buddies hosts a Learn How To Sew series almost monthly! Her first series was perfect for brand new sewers. You can find that series HERE. Good luck Janet! Let me know if you get a chance to check it out and if you give it a try! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle šŸ™‚

One Trackback

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*

  • Follow Us On

    Facebook iconTwitter IconPinterest Icon
    Google Plus IconYoutube iconRSS iconInstagram icon
  • Subscribe by Email

    Your Email Address:
  • Sponsored Links

  • NEW TRR Specials and Happenings

  • We are Sponsoring:

  • Instagram is where it’s at! Follow us!

  • Sponsored Links

  • Fun Pinterst Boards

  • TOTT Hairbow Instructions

  • Sponsored Links

  • Grab A Button



  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Blog Design By

    TRR Design by 733 Design