Introducing the Ravenwood Messenger Bag Pattern

Happy February! I’m thrilled to announce the next pattern in the 2018 Bag of the Month Club, the Ravenwood Messenger Bag!

Ravenwood Messenger Bag Pattern by Betz White
The Ravenwood Messenger Bag is a rough and ready companion, equipped to carry your tech gear and more. I’ve made mine out of a durable waxed canvas with contrast zippers. (Between my husband and 2 teenage sons, I can see I’m going to have to make a few more to satisfy their demands! They actually WANT something I made, hooray!)

Ravenwood Messenger Bag Pattern by Betz White - Front Detail

The Ravenwood is utilitarian with multiple pockets inside and out, plus room for your 15” laptop and daily necessities.  The front has 2 roomy pleated cargo pockets with tuck catch closures as well as a large zippered pocket for a magazine or notebook.

 

Ravenwood Messenger Bag Pattern by Betz White - back

 

Ravenwood Messenger Bag Pattern by Betz White - back detail open
The back exterior has a double-zip tech pocket that holds cables, cords and earbuds, keeping them organized with elastic straps. There’s also a zippered mesh pocket for smaller items.

 

Ravenwood Messenger Bag Pattern by Betz White - top view
Inside there’s a padded slip pocket for a tablet or small laptop. A 15” laptop fits easily into the main compartment. There’s also 3 divided pockets for glasses, pens, chargers etc.If you’re interested in sewing with waxed canvas but never have, you can read a little more about it in this post. If you don’t want to use waxed canvas, no worries! Several of my testers used regular canvas or home dec weight fabrics. The nice thing about using a heavier, stable fabric is that you can skip the interfacing. I’ve written the pattern to stabilize the lining with fusible fleece, giving it some padding.
I’d like to give a big shout out and hearty thank you to all of my testers that sewed up the Ravenwood Messenger Bag and gave me such great feedback. Check out their beautiful bags!

Terry's Ravenwood, pattern by Betz White

This snazzy black canvas version is by Terry D. I love the accent zipper and the print placement on the pocket flaps. Practical but still has character.

Tara's Ravenwood pattern by Betz White

Tara of Uh Oh Creations was inspired by a certain super hero! She’s got great color blocking, a Superman print interior and a surprise inside the back tech pocket. Super fun!

Superman RM

 

Katy's Ravenwood Pattern by Betz White

Katie’s bag is the “Clark Kent” to Tara’s Superman! Mild mannered but never boring in grey pinstripe with faux leather accents on the lower panels, side gussets and handles. Classy!

 

Cindy's Ravenwood Pattern by Betz White

Cindy of Raspberry Sunshine made her Ravenwood with some gorgeous red waxed canvas and lined it with natural linen. She also opted to make her strap using webbing. Great idea!

 

Stacy's Ravenwood, Pattern by Betz White

Stacy of Stacysews used denim and contrast zippers and topstitching and I love the result! She did a fantastic job.

Most of my testers rated this bag as advanced-beginner to intermediate. This bag pattern is exclusive to the club until August 1st 2018. So if you love it, join the club and get six great bag patterns, one revealed every month! If you’re already a member (or even if you’re not!) be sure to join the BOMC Facebook group for support and to see all of the bags other members are making.

4 Comments

  • Love this and want to make it but am a little intimidated since I only have a domestic machine, BL Destiny. Will it make through the layers if I use waxed canvas? 😩

    • I sewed this on my domestic machine, a Bernina. The toughest part are the pleats on the cargo pockets and the rest was fine!

  • WOW, it’s fabulous! it’s rugged-looking, masculine, and full of functionality. I am super impressed! All of the different versions look nice, but I particularly like Terry D’s black bag with the print pockets, beautiful!

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