We love sewing ourselves a new tote around here and this Braided Belt Messenger Bag Tutorial is very nice. I like the idea of repurposing an old belt for the strap. It adds a nice touch and there’s no pesky straps to turn! If you haven’t sewn many (or any) bags for yourself, this tutorial has clear photos for each step, including the zipper pocket. The best way to learn is to see how it’s done and try it. Find more Free Purse and Bag Sewing Patterns.