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Topic: Crazy-quilt style patchwork messenger bag - TUTORIAL on pg 2  (Read 53533 times)
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« on: August 16, 2004 06:58:14 PM »

Here's my latest love...




It's a little too big for everyday but it's awesome for trips to the library and such. I made it in 3 pieces: one for the back/flap, one for the front, and one for the handle/sides. VERY simple construction but it took me forever to do the patchwork. It didn't cost me a thing since I had all the material left from other projects but if I was paying myself even minimum wage it would be over $100. Ah, well... what's a few days out of ones life when you get a cool new bag out of the deal.  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2004 07:12:06 PM »

that is beautiful. greak work. Smiley makes me wanna get out the bags and bags of scraps Smiley i'm so happy you posted your wonderful bag Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2004 07:26:42 PM »

I absolutely love it! Its so colorful and interesting Shocked Awesome work!!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2004 10:35:14 PM »

I really like this bag! Great use of colors. What did you use to back the pieced 'quilt' part? Also, did you use a separate liner? Did you interface it? Just wonderintg. Great work!
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2004 04:12:06 AM »

Nicely done!

Another bonus for this bag is that if you are traveling ( car/airplane) and need a pillow,stuffing this with a jacket will give you instant slumber while keeping the wallet/stuff behind the stuffing.

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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2004 06:28:04 AM »

I love it! It's a great over-night sized bag, too. I have a bunch of quilt squares that I need to turn into purses now...
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2004 09:15:26 AM »

What did you use to back the pieced 'quilt' part? Also, did you use a separate liner? Did you interface it? Just wonderintg. Great work!

I sewed the scraps together into one huge piece of material and then cut my front and back pieces out of that, and made one long patched strip for the handle. Then I took a solid brown cotton and cut the same 3 pieces out of that. I sewed right sides together for all 3 pieces as though I were making pillows. Turned them right side out and sewed them together into the bag (front side to the handle/side and back to the handle/side.) I used some iron-on stabilizer for the stretchy/slippery fabrics but I didn't use interfacing for the bag itself. It's still pretty sturdy though since there is so much stitching and layers going on in the pieced part.

And I did actually use this as a carry-on at the airport. The great thing about the slouchy shape is that I can get away with calling it my purse (and still have my carry-on suitcase) as long as it's not over-stuffed, but then it still has room to cram my jacket and such inside. I think something about the patchwork also acts as camoflouge because I can have it packed to the gills with beachtowels and it still doesn't look that big.
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2004 06:41:47 PM »

Wow, it's beautiful!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2004 11:10:33 PM »

that's honestly fantastic.
i'm usually not into this scrap work style. but it's really great.
i think it's the piping that pulls it together.
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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2004 08:56:32 AM »

Wow. I really love it.
You have a great taste and you made a good choice for the colors combination.
excellent!!! Wink
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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2004 09:21:27 AM »

the bag looks magnificent.  hippy-ish indeed   Smiley  what are the measurements?  it looks like the perfect size for my school bag.  [must i say i'm a nerd and carry around my dictionary, thesauraus, and numerous other books?  ..therefore, i need room!!]  if you could post the measurements, i'd be thrilled.  thank youu!
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2004 09:52:17 AM »

How did you make it exactly? It's adorable! That would be an awesome book bag (even though I already have one) :p
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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2004 11:09:13 AM »




Your bag is really neat, I love chaotic quilts like that, I just wish I had the patience.

 
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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2004 01:34:43 PM »

gorgeous, oh how I love crazy quilts.
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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2004 01:08:36 PM »

Awesome!!! Great job! It makes me want to go and make one now! Grin
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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2004 10:33:53 PM »

Now that, indeed, is a work of art.  Very eye-catching and the perfect size for an overnight/cram the world into it bag!  Grin  I love it!
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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2004 07:24:55 AM »

that is absolutely fabulous! love huge bags, and what's more it will match with anything!!!
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« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2004 06:48:07 PM »

Awesome bag!  But definately not too big for everyday.  I carry on a regular basis:  wallet, sunglasses, phone, assorted tins of altoids and gum, four to six diapers, pack of wipes, changing pad, two books, three to five toys, coloring book and crayons, bag of assorted meds, bandaids, skin cream, etc... think it would all fit???

Wouldn't mind -- and would be quite grateful --  if your tutorial came with measurements... hint, hint... as my frazzled brain is not good at computing these on my own.

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« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2004 06:49:35 PM »

that's cool
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« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2004 08:54:37 PM »

Okay... here's what I whipped up for a pattern...


1. I sewed all of the patches together into one large piece of fabric about 24" wide and 40" long.
2. I cut my pattern pieces out of a solid color fabric and pinned them to the right-side of my patched fabric.
3. I sewed the pieces like you would a pillow leaving small openings to turn the pieces right-side out.
4. I sewed the long side/bottom/strap piece into one continuous loop.
5. I cut a second piece of fabric the same size as the front and sewed pockets onto it (this became the inside divider.)
6. I sewed the back piece with the inside divider on top of it to the side/bottom/strap, wrong sides together, up to the dotted line in the picture.
7. I sewed the front piece to the side/bottom/strap.


Is that as clear as mud?  Wink It's been a long day so if any of that doesn't make sense let me know and I'll try to clarify.  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2004 01:20:30 AM »

I love it. It looks very 70s, in a good way.
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« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2005 08:31:54 AM »

WOW.  Shocked That's really beautiful! Now I'm going to have to make something patchwork... It came out really nice. I WANT ONE.
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« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2005 12:02:35 PM »

AnnaReilly!  Ya wonderful thang ya!  Thank you for the tutorial and measurements.  Now I too can make a lovely bag to store all my stuff!

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« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2005 12:32:18 PM »

awesome bag!

i'm inspired to go make a messenger bag now.
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great job.
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« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2005 02:52:43 PM »

Thank you for the tutorial and measurements.  Now I too can make a lovely bag to store all my stuff!

 Grin You bet!

I forgot to add before that you might want to double check the length of the strip for the sides/bottom/strap to make sure it's the right length for you before sewing it all up.
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« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2006 09:35:47 AM »

i know you posted this a while ago but i've got to say - very cool!

i just made a crazy quilt for my senior project and need something to do with all of the scraps. that slouchy bag is perfect!

thanks!
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« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2006 10:42:48 AM »

I did it!  Thanks for the pattern!  I had to struggle with the straps tho so they would have two right sides.  I learned that next bag will have lined straps.  

And I made a little extra clutch to match!

What do you think?  Will my swap partner like this?

bag:
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inside lining:
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extra clutch:
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« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2006 11:28:51 AM »

o0o good job. i love it. i was thinkign of making one myself but i don't have enough scraps. haha.
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« Reply #28 on: July 01, 2006 09:55:32 PM »

Very cute, eterry2! Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2007 09:23:01 PM »

I realize this is an older thread, but I just wanted to comment on your gorgeous messenger bag!  I admire your patience for piecing it all together...it came out great!  I was scanning through the tut list and this one just jumped out at me.  Great work  Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2007 09:58:52 PM »

Thanks, runnermom! Cheesy

I actually revamped this bag recently - ripped the main seams and used the patchwork pieces as the outside to a new slightly smaller bag. It was really hard cutting into all that hard work of piecing it, but it was even sadder to have my hard work sitting around unused since the size wasn't quite right for me.
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« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2007 10:02:44 PM »

I LOVE IT!!! but then again I'm a sucker for patchwork.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #32 on: September 24, 2007 12:30:32 PM »

 Shocked WOW!!  That is wonderfully, fabulous!!  Beautiful work, love all the colors and the style!  Great job!!! Grin
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« Reply #33 on: December 13, 2007 12:30:33 PM »

This is a beautiful bag!!! Would you still be interested in helping out a newbie sewer out if I make it??? I just love this bag so much! Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: December 28, 2007 01:32:33 PM »

Rachel - Yeah, let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to help... I just kind of winged it so I didn't necessarily do things "right" but it worked.
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« Reply #35 on: September 15, 2008 03:13:01 PM »

i was wondering were the seams for the strap/bottom/sides sewn on the outside (to see the seam)of the bag or inside,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,this is beautiful!
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