Achatina Graphic Messenger Bag


Like the giant snail shell for which this bag is named, you’ll want to carry this bag with you wherever you go. This easy-to-sew messenger bag is great for throwing over your shoulder for whatever your day may hold. The front flap makes the perfect canvas for graphic appliques or for showing off unique fabrics. It closes with a velcro tab and has an interior pocket with an optional zipper closure (for intermediate sewists). The pattern includes 5 full-size applique designs for use on the front flap and instructions for raw-edge appliqué. Dozens more appliqué patterns specifically designed for the front flap are available in Appliqué Expansion Packs. Buy the pattern now!

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Suggested Fabrics:

Outer: Midweight fabrics with minimal stretch, including polyester, upholstery fabrics, denim, corduroy, canvas, novelty fabrics
Lining: Lightweight (quilting weight) cotton
Applique: any light- to mid-weight fabric with minimal fraying


4” (10 cm) of 1” (2.5 cm) wide velcro
9” (23 cm) or longer zipper (optional)
fusible web or fabric glue-stick for applique
interfacing (optional)


One size – Large. 16” wide x 12” tall x 5” deep (40 cm x 30cm x 13 cm)


True-Beginner Beginner

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What do others say about the Achatina Bag?:

“The pattern is well written and easy to put together. I would have no qualms recommending this pattern to someone who was just starting to get into sewing.”

“I already have a couple more ideas that I hope to get together before Christmas…everyone’s gift will be wrapped in a messenger bag :-)

“I really fell in pattern love with the idea of customization.”

“It was a nice quick Saturday sewing session and I love the result.”

“It would make a great first bag for makers, and a nice jumping off point for more experienced sewists.”


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