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« on: January 24, 2007 12:50:20 PM »

My hubby actually asked me to make HIM a bag!!!  He has 2 bags that he uses for work-1 is a laptop bag, that is great and has a hard padded outer case-but he says it is too much (too many pockets and too big to carry just a few things around.)  1 is a messenger bag, that is also too big, it is very floppy and when he carries just a few things in it, it just hangs sadly.  So-I made this just to fit his laptop and 2 binders snugly.  There is a divider sewn on the inside to slip file folders into or smaller books into, and the front pockets have pen holders and a pouch pocket, with a larger slip pocket behind that.  He is going to use a strap from another bag that is adjustable, so I just put on some d-rings.  

Size: 13.5' wide x 11' tall x 4" deep
Fabric: Navy and natural canvas

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2007 01:00:08 PM »

Thank you for posting this great bag.  My guy has just bought a laptop and needs a bag...just exactly like the one you have done....now I will be able to show him yours and ask for modifications.  I can only hope that mine turns out as good as yours.  Great work and absolutely nothing boring about it at all. 
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2007 01:30:45 PM »

cute and utilitarian!

« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2007 01:35:33 PM »

it's not boring at all. it's simple, just the way i like my bags. i think its awesome, great job!
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2007 01:37:29 PM »

Ohh that is very beautifully made indeed! 

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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2007 06:06:33 PM »

That's not boring. It is so incredibly professional. I would use it in a heart beat. Thank you for sharing!

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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2007 06:11:05 PM »

it's not boring! it's simple, elegant, and sleek, like those little black dresses w/ white stripes.

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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2007 07:27:52 PM »

Hey, simple clean design isn't boring - especially when it's really well-made like your bag! You've done a great job.

« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2007 07:33:01 PM »

absolutely love it!.. looks like it came from the store!.. beautiful job!

« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2007 05:15:01 PM »

Thanks for the compliments-and the greatest compliment was this afternoon...when the hubby said that it worked great!!  He likes how he can just flip it open and grab something while he is carrying it -no need to unzip or undo buckles.  Also how all of his stuff fit perfectly!  Yup-that's how it works with a custom made bag-You get what you ask for!   Wink 

So, I guess I shouldn't have called it boring-but compared to the patterned fabrics that I am used to, it seemed rather dull Cheesy

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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2007 02:29:26 AM »

I think it's really pretty - I loved the fact that the navy blue looks beautiful as is.

 I wish I can do a messenger bag one day, I can't wait to get to the tutorial and learn it. Hopefully mine would be as nice as yours!

« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2007 06:59:35 AM »

I really love this bag, for a man or a woman. It really is so professionally crafted. I love the colors, they work well together.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation. He should take you out to dinner and a movie!  Grin

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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2007 04:23:17 PM »

This is so elegant - I might make myself one!


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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2007 05:19:26 PM »

I used the exact same gigantic pocket in my messenger bag for my 13" MacBook, and it works perfectly.

You did a really good job.  It's very professional and manly.

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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2007 12:48:48 AM »

I thinking of making something like that too for my laptop but I wanted to put some padding between the outer fabric and the lining fabric but can't seem to figure out what's the best way because I normally will place the outer bag inside the lining bag (right sides together) and then sew them together leaving a gap so that I can turn it inside out - just can't figure out how I should do it...any suggestions?
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2007 07:31:10 AM »

It's gorgeous!
« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2007 11:25:09 AM »

I did get taken out to dinner....not sure if it was because of the bag though! 
This one was made for a MacBook too! 

meibao: I use fusible fleece as my interfacing on the outer and lining and it is quite thick-I have never used anything thicker than that, but if you use some type of foam I don't think you will be able to make the bag the way you usually do. You wouldn't be able to turn it inside out with that much bulk.  I think the best way would be to make the outer and the lining completely and iron the tops of each of them down 1/2 inch.  Then place the foam layer inside the outer part, then the lining inside that, then sew around the top edges with a zipper foot. 
I am planning another messenger bag for a friend, and I am making hers the same way as this bag except for I am making a removable sleeve for the laptop.  I am going to put a piece of velcro along the back of the bag, then a piece of velcro along the sleeve.  That way the laptop will stay in place in the bag, but she does carry it alone sometimes and wanted some protection for it those times.  So, the laptop will have double the protection when it is carried in the bag because it will be in the sleeve and in the bag-does that make sense?  Just another way to make sure it had enough padding. 

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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2007 11:26:30 AM »

Very nice and streamlined. Looks very sturdy!

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