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Ickle_1
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« on: January 22, 2007 07:08:12 AM »

This is my latest project. I call it a hand-messenger bag hybrid.

I took my boyfriend to the fabric store with me the other day and he picked out these and I have to say, he has good taste! I love the way this came out, so clean and *I guess* pro-looking. I love it!

I didn't use a pattern, and I am in the process of making a larger one for my mom, so I would LOVE to post a tutorial, but only if someone is interested.

Laying flat


Flap open


Inside


Front pocket


Full of stuff and with some support


Thanks so much!









TUTORIAL!!!!

Like I said, this one is for my mom, so I made is a little larger, added more detail to the inside pocket (she's a nurse and needs spaces for her pens) and made the strap slightly longer.

These are the dimensions that I used:

-Front/Back- 14" x 15"
-Sides- 4" x 15"
-Bottom- 4" x 14"
-Front Pocket- 14" x 11"
-Inside Pocket- 12" x 5 1/2"
-Flap- 13 1/2" x 11"
-Strap= 40" x 3 1/2"

Step 1:
Cut out your interfacing *I do this first because I use my interfacing as a sort of template for my other pieces* and your fabric



Step 2:
*Depending on what kind of interfacing you have* Iron on or sew interfacing to your fabric.

This is what you will need, once the interfacing is attached:



Step 3:
Assemble your front pocket by sewing your two pieces, right sides facing ONLY ALONG THE TOP. Flip the fabric right side out and sew again along the top.



Steps 4 & 5:


Assemble your flap the same way, except, sew along three sides *the two sides and bottom*, flip right side out, then sew along the same three sides.



And your inside pocket the same, except sew along ALL sides, leaving a small hole to flip it right side out. Stitch up your little hole once you have flipped it.



Step 6:
Pin your inside pocket into place in the center of your back lining piece.



Sew into place, then sew your lines for the individual pockets.



Step 7:
Sew your outside pocket to your front outside piece, as shown.



Step 8:

Sew your flap to the OTHER outside piece but ONLY along the top.



Step 9:

Now you are ready to assemble your bag. Pin your sides, bottom, front and back and sew together. Repeat with your lining. MAKE SURE to leave a small hole in your lining to pull the bag through. *I always forget that part*



Step 10:
Sew your strap, right sides facing.



Flip right side out and sew along the longest sides. At this point, it is ok if you have raw ends on the strap, you won't see them in the end.



Step 11:

Place your strap inside your outside fabric, like so:



Pin the strap in place, only so it doesn't fall in when you put the lining in. Put your lining inside the other piece, on top of the strap, make sure the right sides are facing.

Step 12

Pin around the top, removing the pins from the strap as you go.



Sew around the top and pull lining out.



Step 13

Now pull the ENTIRE bag through the small hole you left in the lining.



Stitch up the little hole you left, tuck the lining inside. Sew around the top, to keep the lining from flopping out.

AND YOU'RE FINISHED!

« Last Edit: January 22, 2007 07:12:06 PM by Ickle_1 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2007 07:27:44 AM »

That looks great, very professional. I would be interested in seeing a tutorial.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2007 08:03:40 AM »

That looks great, very professional. I would be interested in seeing a tutorial.

same!  what a great bag Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2007 08:12:20 AM »

Very nice..I love the front pocket!  I always MEAN to put a front pocket in my totes but I always get sidetracked with the inside one that by the time I remember the front it's already to late and I'm too lazy to take out the stitch ripper (what my hubby so eloquently calls the B**** ripper as when I'm using it that's all I seem to do is B****)  HA
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2007 08:44:13 AM »

Ohh very nice fabric choices.  You know what it reminds me of? "Every cloud has a silver lining" or however that saying goes.

  IT looks less like a handbag, though, and more like a mini messenger, something light to sling over your shoulder.  Just the right size!

Anyway, it looks very nice and I'd love to see a tutorial.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2007 08:55:01 AM »

Wow!  I don't know whether or not I am a "cool" perwson on Craftster, but I must say I really like your bag!  And a tute would be awesome.

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I remember the front it's already to late and I'm too lazy to take out the stitch ripper (what my hubby so eloquently calls the B**** ripper as when I'm using it that's all I seem to do is B****)  HA

HeHe........I call mine 'Jack the Ripper' and he is always close by to take apart my mistakes!!!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2007 07:19:09 PM »

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments, and as you can see, I have posted a tutorial. I hope it helps someone!
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2007 04:07:22 AM »

awesome, thank you Smiley
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