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« on: August 01, 2007 02:35:06 PM »

I made this messenger bag using Kategirl's tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182493.0.  I was a swap angel for a writer's swap.  I don't usually work with pink but these colours fit nicely with my theme (Hello Kitty).

I made it large enough to fit a 15 inch Macbook pro.  It has a zippered divider and I also added another tab inside with an eyelet.  I then hooked a carabeener through the eyelet so that keys can be hung on it and found easily in such a large bag.  I also put elasticised pockets either end to hold mobile phone/water bottle etc.


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Thanks kategirl for an awesome tutorial!!  I am now making another one of these for my son's teacher for her laptop.  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007 02:36:13 PM »

I love it! I'm a hello kitty fan and this just makes me happy inside. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2007 02:41:13 PM »

wow, that turned out great!  (better than mine, I think Smiley)  and I'm glad my tutorial helped you out.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2007 02:43:22 PM »

Wow... it's so cute!  It looks very professional & I love the fabrics you used!
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2007 02:48:21 PM »

HOLY COW!!!!  That is the most perfect bag ever!  I <3 it SO much!!!  Excellent!  I love that fabric!
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2007 03:20:06 PM »

you did a beautiful job! I am obsessed with hello kitty and would pay big bucks for a cute bag like this for my mac!!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2007 03:26:05 PM »

i second everyone else's comments!


I would pay big bucks for a cute bag like this for my mac!!!

especially this one! i have a bag that is similar to yours, well it's a tote but it has the middle lined area for the laptop, but it isn't custom made so the laptop can move around a bit too much. this bag is an awesome solution for that. thanks for linking the tutorial too. looks like i have a project for this weekend Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2007 03:51:41 PM »

Omg that is sooo nice! i love the print. and the added hello kitty touch! good job!
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2007 05:25:51 PM »

I really like the colour combo and the hello kitty!
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2007 05:55:04 PM »

wow! thats awesome! i had bookmarked the tute to try out as well, and now i really cant wait. one question for ya tho...how did you attach the elastic pockets? I have not figured that idea out when making a jordy-style bag.

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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2007 10:28:15 PM »

Beautiful bag...love it and all of your work!  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2007 11:08:33 PM »

Thanks all for your kind words!  Wink

wow! thats awesome! i had bookmarked the tute to try out as well, and now i really cant wait. one question for ya tho...how did you attach the elastic pockets? I have not figured that idea out when making a jordy-style bag.

Nikki

I started with kokoleo's tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38622.0 however I sewed the side seams in the pocket as well.  Turn the whole pocket right sides out.  Sew the side seams of the pocket (as in top stitch) to the side of the bag with the pocket sides going straight up and down.  Then fold some gussets into the bottom of the pocket and then when you are sewing the bottom corner, the pockets' bottom gets sewn into that seam. 

It's really hard to explain.  I am sewing another one of these for my son's teacher so I'll take photos as I go along and do a little tutorial.
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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2007 04:04:12 AM »

Oh, it looks really beautiful and so professional! Wonderful work!
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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2007 08:41:07 AM »

That is just so neat. I love it.
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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2007 09:52:28 AM »

This is where I brag.
Queenofdiy made this awesome bag for me!!!!!
It's awesome and I love it! My MacBook Pro fits perfectly in it. Smiley Action shots to follow soon.
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« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2007 10:11:48 AM »

Your bag looks great did you use any interfacing because it looks so crisp?
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« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2007 02:24:23 PM »

This is where I brag.
Queenofdiy made this awesome bag for me!!!!!
It's awesome and I love it! My MacBook Pro fits perfectly in it. Smiley Action shots to follow soon.

Glad it fits!!!  I would love to see action shots  Cheesy

Your bag looks great did you use any interfacing because it looks so crisp?

Yes, I used heavy weight interfacing for the outside and lightweight interfacing for the lining. 

I used iron on but I find if I only iron it on really lightly it gives a much better result that adhering it firmly.  If it is ironed on firmly, it creates bubbles in the fabric.  I find if I iron it lightly, this doesn't happen.  The interfacing can be easily pulled away from the fabric when you handle it.  In other words, it only just sticks to the fabric enough just to do your sewing.

Hope this helps
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« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2007 02:52:31 PM »

Thats totally cute! I love it greta JOb Grin
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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2007 03:07:07 PM »

You truly are the Queen... You always make the most professional looking stuff. I am so envious.....
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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2007 07:54:12 PM »

Here are action shots!!





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« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2007 08:04:58 PM »

Wow!!  Looks like your stuff fits great!! 
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« Reply #21 on: August 11, 2007 09:46:42 AM »

I love this bag! It's so cute~~~ Shocked
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« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2007 09:03:08 AM »

What a great bag.  I love it.  Hope you are able to do a tut for the side pockets.  I have tried and tried to figure this out and just unable to do it. 
Thanks!
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« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2007 07:17:19 PM »

I have done a tutorial for the side pockets.  Here is the link:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191374.0
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« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2007 10:32:43 PM »

That bag is adorable! One of my friends loves Hello Kitty and would fall off her chair if I showed her that!
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« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2007 08:24:04 AM »

Crazy cute!
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« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2008 04:47:31 PM »

Hi there, I was wondering if you could tell me what type of fabric you used for the bag. It looks beautiful, and did you use interface before you started to stitch (I am new to using it) or afterwards? Also, does the Velcro that you use adhere well, meaning the bag remains closed? Thank you.
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« Reply #27 on: July 12, 2008 08:04:02 AM »

cute bag!! i so need one of those  Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: July 19, 2008 07:13:06 PM »

Hi there, I was wondering if you could tell me what type of fabric you used for the bag. It looks beautiful, and did you use interface before you started to stitch (I am new to using it) or afterwards? Also, does the Velcro that you use adhere well, meaning the bag remains closed? Thank you.

I used a fabric I purchased from Spotlight (fabric store in Australia).  Next time I'm there, I'll look at the name/manufacturer.  As far as the fabric itself goes, it's a medium weight cotton. 

As for the interfacing, I use a generic iron on (heavy weight for outside).  I only very lightly iron it to the fabric.  If you fully adhere the interfacing to the fabric, it creates wrinkles in the fabric.  I would use sew on but I'm lazy and don't want to tack it to the fabric so the iron on (lightly adhered to the fabric) works for me.

I sew the velcro to the fabric.  I don't use the stick on variety as it peels away too easily and if you try to sew through it, it gums up your needle.  Also, don't iron velcro as it doesn't work as well.  If you follow this, velcro is a great closure!  Holds well.
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