Messenger Bag Tutorial {With Hidden iPad Holder}

Learn how to turn a pair of cargo pants into the coolest messenger bag with Jessica’s Messenger Bag Tutorial! This is a great way to reuse an old pair of pants. Jessica {Creative Teamdoes a fantastic job showing you how! She always amazes me with her sewing skills. Enjoy! -Linda

Messenger Bag Tutorial

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How to Sew a Messenger Bag

How to upcycle an old pair of cargo pants, and turn it into a messenger bag for your little ones…


…with a hidden iPad holder!

Looking for a new school bag for the school age kids in your home, but don’t want to spend a fortune? How about upcycling some of those no-longer-worn cargo pants?! This bag is perfect for the little one on the go, or the busy teens in your life, with the optional / hidden iPad holder! Sewing this messenger bag is a breeze for the intermediate, or advanced beginner level seamstress.  Some knowledge of installing zippers and metallic snaps is suggested.

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*Please note – the iPad holder is not meant to actually carry the iPad when you are on the go. But rather to secure the iPad to the bag while it is sitting on a desk securely.

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And you are done! Have some fun with it and add a freezer paper stencil! My little man loves motorcycles lately. So I googled ‘motorcycle vector image’ and was able to use a cartoon image. But you can come up with loads of designs that would look awesome! Add some stripes, numbers, or even make it an army bag. The sky is the limit!

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Happy Crafting,

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Jess Abbott
Jessica Abbott, the Sewing Rabbit, blogs over at Me Sew Crazy where she posts about all things sewing related. Specializing in children's clothing, her readers continue to come back for her tutorials, patterns and collections. Creative Director behind, a sewing pattern and tutorial search engine. Jessica also runs the Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girl's Night Out Event, bringing sewing and craft enthusiasts together in different cities around the nation. She currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and three fabulous children.
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  1. 1

    Well, that’s a snazzy idea! Thanks for sharing!


  2. 2

    Such a brilliant idea! Love the hidden ipad holder! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3

    Very. Clever! And I just sent off some old pants to Goodwill. Oh well, there will always be the next cast off pair of pants :). Thanks for sharing this project.