Dorian Messenger

(13 customer reviews)


This pattern was brought out of retirement for a special sew along in our Facebook group in October 2020! Replay in our Facebook group

A classic messenger designed to fit your everyday necessities. Includes options for 3 different flap closures; turn lock, magnetic snaps and side release buckles. Designed to fit a 13” laptop perfectly, it includes 4 open pockets and one exterior zippered pocket on the back. Features both a long adjustable strap and a top handle for those grab-and-go moments.




  • 9.5″ tall
  • 13″ wide
  • 3″ deep


  • 1 1/3 yards exterior fabric, 44” quilting weight
  • 1 yard lining fabric, 44” quilting weight
  • 2/3 yard 44” fusible fleece (Pellon Thermolam Plus)
  • 3 yards 20” midweight fusible interfacing (Pellon Craft-Fuse 808)
  • 1/4 yard 20” heavy fusible stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71f)
  • Two 1.5” rectangle loops & One 1.5” strap slide
  • One 9” all-purpose zipper
  • One turn lock or Two magnetic snaps or Two side release buckles
  • Coordinating thread
You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.

You MAY sell bags you make with this pattern.

13 reviews for Dorian Messenger

  1. Linda

    I have made this bag twice now and I love it. I resized it both times, once for my 11″ macbook and once for a 15″ laptop. The instructions are easy to understand and follow. I’ll be making lots more Swoon bags. Thanks, Alicia!

  2. Stacey

    I love Alicia’s designs. They are clean, modern, yet classically stylish. There are so many options to customize the bag to truly make it your own. These bags you can carry and enjoy for years, unlike many of the patterns I see out there today that are designed for the moment and will be out of style in a short time. Not Swoon bags…they are designs you can love for years to come!

  3. Monique (verified owner)

    It’s not just a messenger bag… this bag is so versatile ! I’ve brought it from professional, to fun, to glam by making it in cute fun fabrics, leather, lace overlay, etc. As soon as people see mine they beg me to make them one, too 🙂 Great, easy to follow pattern! The instructions are clear and easy to follow!

  4. DeNae Stewart

    This bag was easy to assemble looks really good, and is great to use for kids at school…got tons of compliments, great instructions

  5. Connie T

    So Excited to make myself a Dorian Massenger Bag! Fits my MacBook Pro Perfectly!! Great BAG for Business or Pleasure!

  6. Laura

    Brought my Dorian on a big work trip and immediately got a bunch of requests from coworkers! Although it appears to have a lot of pieces, it goes together very smooth.

  7. Lynne (verified owner)

    My favourite messenger bag “Dorian” as with the other Swoon patterns I have used, this goes together very easily and is the perfect size for all you need to carry including laptops – Love it 🙂

  8. Ami-May

    Another great pattern.
    This is an amazing bag. I love mine
    As always the instructions are very clear n detailed. the big bonus is all the help on the blog n facebook group. highly reconmended x

  9. Holly Tolman (verified owner)

    My 10 year old is in love with his bag. The pattern was so well written and I had it done in one evening (it took longer for the buckles to get here than it did to make it).

  10. melissa m. (verified owner)

    I have made 3 of these so far. It is a fantastic man bag when made in the right fabric! (Essex linen!) Goes together so well with a professional finish. Clear directions, as usual!

  11. Kristi B (verified owner)

    This is my very favorite bag pattern! Looks so complicated, but really easy to follow, and the results are great!

  12. Patricia (verified owner)

    Great pattern as always. Simple to understand, even for a beginner. Swoon patterns have helped me improve my bag sewing skills. The only thing that could make this bag better would be a wider side and bottom. However the pattern is so easy to alter, you could make it wider no problem!!

  13. Jolene (verified owner)

    This makes the perfect the kids messenger bag!!!

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