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« on: July 16, 2006 06:54:42 PM »

my sister asked me to make her a messenger bag for school.  and i'd definitely like to try the challenge.  but... i'm worried about the strength of the bag, being able to hold school books cause they're usually so heavy.

so is there a way to make a sewn one strong enough?  what makes a bag super strong? keeps the straps from ripping out and whatnot.

or should i do a felted purse instead?  though i don't think she'd like that.
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2006 07:21:30 PM »

Perhaps your best bet would be to make the straps part of the sides and possibly the bottom as well.  You wouldn't be able to make them adjustable, but they wouldn't need to be if you made them the right length in the first place.  Othewise, I would have the same worries as you - thta the handles would rip off.
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2006 07:50:37 PM »

yep, I was recently shopping for a new bag for my laptop, and this is what the store clerk told me about bag strength:

- the straps should be attached to the wide side of the bag, not the narrow side
- straps should be incorporated into the body of the bag (ie. sew them all the way up the side of the bag, maybe the bottom too)
- heaviest things should go in the centre of the bag, not in outside pockets (important for if you are wanting to carry a laptop, and probably also if you are designing your own bag)

My own tip would be to use really strong material for the straps (if it's a self-strap, like, made from the same fabric as the bag, make sure to use interfacing to make it as strong as possible.)
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2006 08:13:49 PM »

Well I also had that worry also when I made me a bag for my school books and I have alot of school books.  I put my straps on the side of the bag I also used eslatic and interfacing between the fabric to make it strong.  I used heavier interfacing plus I double my interfacing.  Also double stitch all my fabick so that it can hold longer.  Bag still hold strong fo now 8 months.  Good luck:) hope you get all your questions answered on here.
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