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The Orion Messenger Bag is perfect for carrying your everyday essentials, including a wide variety of laptop and tablet sizes. Choose to add an expandable gusset to give two extra inches to your bag to pack it full. The Orion makes a great carry-on for travel as well as an exceptional everyday bag for school or work.



Orion Messenger Video Bag Tour:





  • Exterior Slip Pocket doubles as a Trolley Sleeve
  • Internal padded pocket for laptop
  • Multiple zipper pockets
  • Multiple slip pockets
  • Long back zipper gusset allows the bag to lay open flat
  • Written Instructions as well as detailed pictures
  • YouTube/Video Tutorial Links
  • Printable, Projector, and AO Files




  • Finished Basic Size:   17” W X 12” H X 5.5” D
  • Finished Expandable Size:  17” W x 12” H x 7.5” D





Fabric Requirements

  • (2) 18” roll of vinyl/faux leather OR 1 yard 58” WOF Canvas for Exterior
  •  2.5 yards x 44” WOF cotton woven fabric for lining



  • Woven interfacing (SF101 is recommended)- 4 yards plus 32” x 5” for Expandable
  • Zipper Gusset option
  • Decovil light - 2.5 yards
  • Fusible Foam - 17” x 10” piece



  • (2) 1.5” Rectangle or D-Rings
  • (2) 1.5” Lobster Clasps for removable strap option
  • (1) 1.5” Strap Slider
  • (8-12) Medium (8mm) Rivets (optional)
  • (8-9) #5 Zipper Pulls
  • #5 Zipper Tape 3.75 yards (cut into 16” x 2, 15”, 13”, 25.5”, 44.5”)
  • 63” #5 Zipper Tape for Expandable Zipper Gusset option
  • (1) 7” #3 Zipper with Pull


Other Materials

  • 5 Yards of 1/2” Double Fold Bias Tape 
  • 2” x 1” sew-on hook and loop
  • 2.5 yards 1.5” webbing for straps and handles cut into 18” x 2 and 1.5 yards (if notmaking from exterior fabric)
  • Rivet setting tools
  • 1/4” double sided tape (DST)
  • Edge Paint (optional)
  • Marking Pen



The Orion Messenger Bag is categorized as an confident intermediate bag pattern and recommended for sewists who have some familiarity with bag making patterns. There is a full video sew along included with the pattern for visual learners and those who prefer a little more detail about sewing bags.


** This bag can be sewn on any sewing machine that is capable of sewing vinyl. Fabric/Vinyl choices will influence the difficulty of sewing.**



Love the Orion fabric used to make the Orion Messenger Bag? By purchasing this pattern, buyer will receive a one-time code to preorder this fabric on any base at a 10% discount. Orion fabric can be found in out Pick-A-Print section.


Orion Fabric



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**This is not a physical bag. Due to this being an instant download there will be no refunds for digital products.**


    • This purchase is for a PDF pattern, not a finished product. There are NO REFUNDS for digital files sold.

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