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« on: September 25, 2004 10:06:18 PM »

I finally finished my messenger bag! I started in early August. I wanted one that would hold at least a binder, a pad of layout paper, and a box of supplies, plus various pens, a wallet, keys, and a CD player or Palm.

And was STYLISH. My computer bag holds all, but it's logo-fugly.

Materials were all "free": the purple corduroy was from an outgrown pair of my daughter's pants, the lining from a 99c pair of pants from Goodwill bought ages ago and never worn, the patches made from my own art and iron on inkjet paper.
The finished size is about 11" x 13", with a 3" gusset. It has a zippered inside pocket (made using sewpixie's great tute), a large flat pocket, and four smaller ones for pens.

It was top-stitched to a fare-thee-well for shaping. I call this bag "Needle-Slayer", because it broke six needles, five during top-stitching after the lining was inserted (my rusty experience with multiple heavy layers is to blame).
It closes with magnetic snaps. I'm going to add a loop and buttom for the center, as it gaps a bit. More of an asthetic issue than a structural one, and it gives me a reason to take a bash at Chinese knot tying.

I basted the zipper and interior patch using Aleene's No-Sew water-soluble glue. Works GREAT.

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Interior, loaded up:


Interior, with stuff out, to show off the pockets:


Interior, zipper pocket. Ain't it pretty? I top-stitched it to the lining for extra strength:


Strap detail. I didn't have enough cord to make the width, so I added lining fabric to the sides for contrast, and used a decorative topstitch. It's sturdy and the width is comfy:


Exterior patch of my character Nan1^1, who will appear in my book "Manga Secrets" next year. I loved this piece of art so much I made an iron-on transfer of it, and put it on heavy cotton, pinked the edges, and used a "cross stitch" decorative stitch for a lacy effect:


What do you do when you put a magnetic snap in the wrong spot and you have a hole? You add a patch and pretend like you meant it that way all long. This patch is of my hairless ratties Darwin and Wasabi, made and applied the same way as the Nan patch:
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2004 10:10:58 PM »

Very nice. I like the patches and that the inside zipper pocket is a different color/pattern than the rest of the lining.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2004 11:52:31 PM »

Great job!  I *love* all the inside pockets to organize your stuff and the patches are really cute too.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2004 02:45:22 AM »

Divalea made a new bag, Hooray!
It is so awesome.
I was looking at the inside patch and I thought "that looks so random and cool, why don't I ever think of stuff like that". HA! You shouldn't have told us it was a cover up.
Anyway, love the artwork, love the bag... nice job.
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2004 11:46:31 AM »

Very nice. I like the patches and that the inside zipper pocket is a different color/pattern than the rest of the lining.  Grin

Thanks. I think I came up with the patches myself, the coordinating pocket inside idea I got right here.
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2004 11:49:23 AM »

Great job!  I *love* all the inside pockets to organize your stuff and the patches are really cute too.

Thank yeh. I had to open up my useful-but-not stylish computer bag for ideas (it has a LOT of cool pockets).

Anyone who has access to an inkjet and some tranfer paper could make badass patches. The iron-on transfers (once applied) are heat-resistant enough that the back can have Wonder-Under applied to make a true iron-on patch.
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2004 11:51:36 AM »

Divalea made a new bag, Hooray!
It is so awesome.
I was looking at the inside patch and I thought "that looks so random and cool, why don't I ever think of stuff like that". HA! You shouldn't have told us it was a cover up.
Anyway, love the artwork, love the bag... nice job.

Hee! I have a bag-making groupie!
I was gonna put that patch somewhere anyway, but the hole from the bad clasp placement cinched it. I love little extra touches like that in clothes and accessories.

And hey, I told you, so YOU can rescue a lining, and YOU won't have to tell! It'll be our secret.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2004 04:10:33 PM »

 Shocked OH MY! I love it! Purple *drools*. Awesome awesome job on the whole thing! I really like the strap, great idea to still use some of the cord in the middle, oh heck great idea on the whole thing! I think I have that same cord, I got it at Goodwill. *note to self to see if there is any left*

I really need to start using magnetic snaps. DH keeps saying that i'd ruin anything sensitive to magnets, but really i doubt they are strong enough for that. anyone know?
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2004 04:34:21 PM »

Shocked OH MY! I love it! Purple *drools*. Awesome awesome job on the whole thing! I really like the strap, great idea to still use some of the cord in the middle, oh heck great idea on the whole thing!

That's awesome to hear, 'cause you're a rockin' sewer!
I used your idea of the decorative stitch on the zipper, too. Since the stitch is wide, I sewed to catch the edge of the fabric, and the whole assembly lays super flat.

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I really need to start using magnetic snaps. DH keeps saying that i'd ruin anything sensitive to magnets, but really i doubt they are strong enough for that. anyone know?

I had a purse that used magnets to close and never had a problem.
Aesthetically, I prefer them to velcro.
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2004 03:01:58 AM »

i LOVE IT!!!...did you use a tutorial?? i've been looking for a messenger bag tut but haven't found any i really like...
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