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« on: August 26, 2007 02:46:13 PM »

My husband picked up a messanger bag for my oldest(He's 11) for school. Well after 3 days of school the bag wasn't working. Was too small for him so I decided to make my own for him. I took 2 of my husband's worn out BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) tops and my seem ripper and took the whole thing apart. Reconstructed it into this new messanger bag for my boy. It's big enough that he can fit his books, lunch, and his gym clothes in it. I also added a key ring for him to attach his cell phone to. Plus you gotta love all the extra pockets.
Bag closed.

Bag flap open

What a BDU looks like

Son posing for a cheesy shot
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2007 02:47:59 PM »

cool and you also have a very handsome boy there:)
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2007 06:00:46 PM »

What a lucky son, I'd LOVE to have that backpack!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2007 07:11:26 PM »

That is just great! Would you be interested in posting how you did it? I have so many of my husband's lying about, I'd love to make one!
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2007 07:56:48 PM »

1. Seriously rip all the seems out and remove all the buttons. Only leave the lower two pockets of the shirt.
2. The back of the shirts will be your front and back. Even them out to make the rectangle size you want for the size of the bag.
3. Take the top 2 pockets that you removed and place them where you want. Don't go too low try to place them higher. You'll need them there when you sew the bottom of the bag. I forgot what it's called but it's when sew it diagonally to square off the edges. That's when I added the patches.
4. This was when I cut the inside liner as well.
5. Sew the liner and the main piece but no together.
6. Next is the fun part. The flap. The flap is the shirt fronts sewn together.  Size it to the bag. When you get it just the right way cut the liner and sew them together.
7. Next sew the flap to the bag then I put the liner in and put the seem along the edge to close it all up.
8. Strap is made from the button holders from the extra pieces. I stitched them to the outside of the bag.
9. All the pockets are Velcro closed. It just made it easier for him.
That was basically it. It took about 4 hrs. and I stabbed my fingers about 100 times with that stupid seem ripper.

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2007 11:27:08 PM »

What a great mom and seamtress you are!  I really like this and admire your creativity and skills.
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2007 03:33:57 AM »

Thank you!
I'm not going to lie. When I got it all apart and was staring at the pile of dismantled shirts I was thinking I may have bit off more then I could chew. But I am very pleased with how it turned out.
Now I'm sitting here staring at the remnants from the shirts. I'm thinking a new purse for me....
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ellie.henry
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2007 01:31:47 PM »

I have been told i only have one shirt here with me right now, so I think I am going to make a purse size as well. I will deffinatly post the results....as soon as they happen!
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2007 04:53:30 PM »

Just a note. On Air Force bases they have Airmen's Attic and base thrift stores where you can pick up used uniforms very cheap.
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2007 08:09:46 PM »

Awesome job!  What a great recycle project.
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