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Carter Messenger Handbag by Swoon Sewing Patterns Company

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

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The Carter Messenger Bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns is by far my most favorite pattern from designer Alicia Miller! It has two generous compartments and a zippered section in the middle to keep your more valuable items secure. You can carry it with either a shoulder strap or a handle. I find that I opt to use the handle for carrying more often than the shoulder strap.

I chose to make mine from cork fabric for the exterior and 100% cotton quilting fabrics for the interior. The cork fabric definitely adds more structure to the bag which I think suits the Carter Messenger well.

I have prepared a step-by-step YouTube video tutorial constructing the bag which includes my tips for sewing with cork fabric. There are timestamps below the video on YouTube so that you can skip around or fast forward through sections as you wish.

If you would like to make the Carter Messenger Bag and sew along with me, you can purchase the pattern using my following affiliate link. If you do choose to use this link, I do make a small commission, but it is at no extra cost to you.

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The opinions, text and pictures in this post are my own.

Happy sewing,



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