Double Pocket Crossbody Bag

I love when a project has lots of ways it can be transformed to create many variations!  This bag is the forth variation of my original 5 Minute Zipper Bag!  It started out as a very basic, unlined bag created to help beginners get used to working with zippers.  Then after receiving many, many requests for a lined bag I created a lined version.  I began to wonder if it was possible to combine two of the lined bags to create a fun double pocket version, and sure enough, it worked!  Then I got the idea to add a strap so it could be worn as a crossbody bag.  That is what I’ll be showing how to do today!

To make your bag you will need:
2-4 fabrics
2 D rings (mine measure 7/8 inch inside)
2 zippers (at least 11 inches in length)
Pellon Shape Flex (optional)

Small pocket – 10.5 x 15 inches (one lining and one outer)
Large pocket – 10.5 x 21 inches (one lining, one outer, one shape flex)
Tabs – 2.5 x 3 inches (two from any fabric and two shape flex)

After your pieces are cut out you’re ready to sew your bag together!  Click HERE to watch the full tutorial!

It’s the french seams that make this bag so easy to create!  I love incorporating french seams into my projects to easily finish of all the raw edges inside a project.  Check out my entire french seams playlist HERE!

Let me know in the comments are there are any other variations of this bag you would like me to make.  Until next time, Happy Sewing!



  1. Estella says:

    Thank you so much for your tutorials. Can you teach us how to add mesh to the bag so that the mesh peeks from sides or top or bottom. I think it\\’s done with pet screen from Home Depot. Also I wanted to know how to add cording instead of a strap to a little cell phone bag.

    • Janice says:

      I am thinking you could use mesh laundry bags for the mesh insert. I bought three bags for $1 at the $Tree. Haven’t tried it yet, but I have been thinking about it.

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