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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Teacher friendly birdie satchel - first post - still have all my fingers! on: November 20, 2008 08:36:56 AM
Hello!

I'm a student teacher, so when I'm not carting around students' work it's folders and notebooks galore. I teach English as a Second Language so I often take random stuff to lessons for inspire conversation (cooking equipment/legobricks/small furry friends). I had a satchel for two months but it just fell apart due to the daily weight of my stuff - time to make one I thought, and properly reinforce it!!

First, three things you should know:

1. I've never made a bag before (or finished a crafting project)
2. I got excluded from textiles classes in secondary school because I argued with my tutor and so...
3. My sewing knowledge (and common sense levels) are almost nil!

So with that impressive C.V stitching a bag should be no problem, right?? I am always so inspired by what I see on Craftster (and usually too scared to post - everything here's so good!) Anyway I took a look at a tutorial for a basic satchel (do you guys call them messenger bags?) and scaled it so that it would fit A4 folders and other bits and pieces. I found a beautiful idea for the bag front from a blog called montessoribyhand and adapted everything together to fit. This is the result of my first DIY pattern, I hope you like it cos I'm in love with my creation!

The finished product:

To give you an idea of the strap length:

Inside, a little birdie pocket:

Full of all my 'teacher items' - it's roomy! :

It has a good sized back pocket too, but my camera batteries died before I could snap that sorry!

I enjoyed making this so much that I'm going to have a go at another bag (plus I now own a sewing machine, the best impulse buy ever Cheesy) so please give any comments or suggestions (good/bad!)

Thanks and happy crafting  Cheesy
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