DIY “South American Summer” Bohemian Messenger Bag

Check out our latest DIY project!  From Free People to Forever 21, everyone is getting into the South American patterning and bohemian styling.  Now you can too but without the high cost!  This bag is super easy to make and it’s the perfect little on-the-go bag.  With it’s lightweight quality, comfortable braided strap, and chic fringe texture, you’ll want to bring this bag everywhere!

All you need for this project is:

  1. fabric of your choice (preferably a little heavier).  This fabric was bought at a thrift store for $3
  2. a pair of scissors
  3. a ruler
  4. pins
  5. and a sewing machine or needle/thread

First, you want to cut out your bag shape. Cut a piece that is 30in x 13in. You can make it bigger if you'd like.

Now fold your fabric over (right sides facing each other) and pin the sides. Make sure your front flap will be smaller than your bag size.

Now sew up your sides. I did two different stitches so that the fabric would not come undone.

To give the bag more of a shape, you can square off the bottom. With the bag still inside out, fold the bottom of the bag so that the side seam matches the middle of the bottom of the bag (where a seam might be). This makes a triangle. Measure 1 1/4 in down and mark it.

Sew across the triangle and cut the excess fabric off. Continue to do this on the other side.

Turning the bag right side out, you can see that the bottom of the bag is now squared off.

To make the straps, cut 6 strips of fabric. Make two braids, each from 3 strips of fabric. Now tie the braids together in a knot. Sew each side of the strap into the sides of the bag.

Now you have a really awesome bag!

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