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Achatina Graphic Messenger Bag

Tuesday Stitches

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 home print or copy shop print options. The 16 pages of instructions have over 70 meticulous, step-by-step illustrations. This pattern is for a beginner but the more advanced sewist will also find it to be a fun canvas for customization.

See the Achatina Bag page for a complete sewalong with step-by-step photographs and a full video sewalong! You’ll also find several additional customization ideas and pictures of finished purses from other sewists.

This listing is for a digital copy of a pdf pattern. It will be emailed to you upon purchase.

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)

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton / Twill / Gabardine, Linen


One Size

Sewing level

Absolute Beginner

Make time

Half a day

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