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Loom Knitted Messenger Bag


This is my first tutorial I have ever written! I hope it is clear enough! I have this project on my Ravelry page as well 🙂

I will be showing how to make this messenger bag:


Loom hook

Plastic looming needle

Yellow long loom (if using knifty knitter brand looms, if not, use the second largest loom in the series)


Spool Loom for strap


This bag was made entirely out of looms, except for the loop part to close the bag. That is a simple crochet chain.

You start with the body of the bag. Depending on how wide you want your bag, is the Long Loom you will use. I used the yellow Long Loom, Knifty Knitter series. This is the second smallest loom in the series. I used two skeins of Simply Soft by Caron and doubled knitted them. The colors were Ocean and Blue Mint. You can use a single yarn, or do both. I liked the texture of the two yarns together and how it was bulkier. This is how it will look to begin:

To begin, you will cast on with the double-knit stitch, or the basic scarf stitch. At first the bag will look like a long scarf. You will continue to make the “scarf” until it is the desired length of the bag body. Continue working on the body until you have enough to create a flap that will close the top of the messenger bag. This is my halfway point:

When you reach the desired length, cast off using the crochet hook. Now you will take your knitting needle that is provided with your looming kit. String some of the yarn you used on your bag and begin sewing the sides of the bag to create the bag part. Do not stitch the sides all the way up, leave enough for a flap to fold over.

Once both sides are sewn, this is the time to add the bead or button for your closure. I used a 20mm wooden bead, and using the needle, sewed it onto the body of the bag. For the loop closure, I crocheted a simple chain, and attached it to the bag where it would loop over the bead.

For the strap I used the Spool Loom (Knifty Knitter brand). I also double knitted these and followed the directions as per a simple Icord. Leave enough yarn on both sides of the strap to attach it to the bag. You can tie it on with the extra yarn at the ends of the straps that you left.

And there you have it! A simple messenger bag, made completely from looms! Good luck, and please share your completed projects!

Here are more finished pictures:

-Melli ❤


Author: mellismishmash

My name is Melli! Live in sunny AZ. Social worker. Loom knitter. Small business owner. Mommy to cutest hobbit child ever!

16 thoughts on “Loom Knitted Messenger Bag

  1. Yay! Thanks! I am going to pick up some new yarn and try it out this week 🙂 Thanks for posting it!

  2. Ok so quick question how do you get the dubble knit stich I have read about it and tried it and mine always looks loose and ugly

    • For the double knit stitch, it will be loose to begin with and the first rows never look the greatest. If you keep going past the first few rows it’ll look a lot better and tighten up a bit!

  3. Thanks for all your help Melli Love your stuff

  4. Added a small one to my blog on this site

  5. Can you give instructions on how to make a messenger or newsboy hat?

  6. what if you have a different loom brand? I have one made by Blackbird innovations I have the Sparrow (smaller) one

    Would making a messenger bag possibly work on this one? I also have a six inch scarf loom from CinDWood Looms, that are hand made in the usa.

  7. approximately how long did you make the panel that you folded in half.

  8. Great inspiration of a gift for my childhood girlfriend! So excited to make it for her from beautiful varigated yarn I just bought on sale. I think I’ll have enough for the bag AND earwarmer to match. She’s a lil hippie at heart and loves handmade gifts. It’s wonderful to work on something that you know for sure the person loves handmade best! I’ll post a picture when I finish. Thank you!

  9. Alright, so I have a question or two. Is it possible to make something like this out of a heavier material like paracord? Also I would assume it’s the same process to make two straps instead of the one, correct? My husband is big into the outdoors and camping thing and has been looking for a durable bag that is also lightweight. All of the store bought bags seem to rip and deteriorate quickly. Thanks for the tutorial.

    • I would assume so! I think you should try it out. The only change to the pattern may be that you use one string instead of two or if the paradoxes is thinner use the two strands still. I’m not sure how easy the paracord would be to work with on the looms. It good luck! Please let me know how it works 🙂

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