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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2004 07:50:28 AM »

Ohhh!  I love this bag.  I am planning on making a similar messenger bag using light blue cord.  I want mine to have lots of pockets to so that I can use it as a carry-on bag for when I fly.  I am still trying to plan out all the pockets, but love love love the way you did that inside pocket.  And the strap looks great with the lining on it. 
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2004 11:40:02 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...

claire bear, I used gloriana's excellent messenger bag tute as a starting point:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0

I made my flap and bag back in one piece instead of two pieces, though, like so:


And I turned the bag through the front edge of the flap, instead of through an unsewn corner. (This will make sense once you've studied gloriana's tute, I swear.)
Hope this helps! (And sorry to gloriana's for not reffing her tute earlier. DOH.)
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2004 11:54:47 AM »

Ohhh!  I love this bag... And the strap looks great with the lining on it. 

Thanks, CT. Good luck!

Oh yeah: my pockets were made by sewing two pieces of fabric together, rght sides facing, leaving an opening on an edge, clipping the corners, then turning them right side out and pressing them flat.

Then, I topstitched them about 1/8" from the edges for stability and to close the opening. I sewed the pen pocket to the larger pocket shape BEFORE attaching the large pocket to the lining. I sewed in the lines that defined each pen pocket FIRST, then went back and sewed down the edges.

An easy thing to do to keep your fabric from creeping and getting puckery when you're sewing the smaller pocket to the big one and the pocket unit to the lining is to start from the center of the pocket and sew to the corner, then pivot at the corner and sew up the side, then repeat from the center for the other side of the pocket.
This keeps the tension on the fabric even. To see how this works, take your pocket piece when you've made it, and hold one corner and pull on the other. You'll see that it ripples. Then, hold it at the center and pull the corner. Few or NO ripples.

(Sewing from the center out is also a good way to attach shirt collars, which is where I learned the technique!)

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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2005 10:15:38 AM »

DivaLea, what a fabulous messenger bag!!  I stumbled on this thread while doing a search for a tutorial for an inside zipper pocket.  Your inside pockets - especially the zipper pocket - are truly excellent.  The top stitching adds so much!

Before reading the thread, it appeared that the patch picture of your rats was a loose tag anchored by the snap and I thought that was a cute way to include an always-with-you picture of someone/thing you love.  It's still a great idea even if it is sewn down.

And thank you for the tip on sewing from the middle to the edges and back to the middle.  That will really help my squirrelly pockets!

You and all the other Craftsters are just a wealth of information and ideas.  I've been lurking for the better part of year and finally got around to registering just the other day.  It's nice to actually tell folks they are an inspiration instead of just thinking it.

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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2005 09:01:47 PM »

very pretty~!
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