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Topic: Tutorial: from coat to messanger bag  (Read 53331 times)
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Local Girl Denise
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2004 02:36:19 AM »

I was thinking about doing that to and old coat of my dads like a year ago. Thank you for posting. I very muhc enjoy my new bag
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« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2004 01:19:46 PM »

I was thinking about doing that to and old coat of my dads like a year ago. Thank you for posting. I very muhc enjoy my new bag


how did you reinforce the straps on the sides? i was thinking i should probably do it to my bag, because i'm carrying my books in them and they're pretty heavy. did you just go over the straps a few times? looks great by the way !! Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2004 08:24:06 AM »

soooo cool i went out and bought an old man's coat last night from goodwill!  it's amazing how good the quality of wool is, which is great considering i paid $5 Cdn. for the coat.  all seams are officially ripped out and now to embark on sewing! Grin
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« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2004 10:33:25 AM »

chainrecation_, i love your bag. a lot. don't you love buying stuff for cheap and using it to make something wonderful?
Along that line, i wanted to include a warning. I made a handbag last year from a pleather/vinyl/mystery fabric coat i bought at goodwill and it was impossible fabric. it just ripped anytime you tried to sew it. *so* if you are re-using coats, be sure that the fabric is a usable one, even if it is super cute. i was so frustrated but at least i only spent about $2. Anyway, a word to the wise.
But yours is awesome. I absolutely love it.
Good job! Grin
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« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2004 03:01:49 PM »

anyway you have to be kind of patient to use a coat. it took A LOT of seam ripping to finally get it all apart and get the lining out, and i basically used the whole coat.. i only have a bit of scraps left over. i even used the sleeves as the strap.

For those of us with no patience, is it ok if you just cut along the seams?
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« Reply #25 on: February 17, 2004 04:51:26 PM »

Or you could leave the seams and let them add a bit of style to the bag. Smiley  I do this when I change jeans into bags.  
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Local Girl Denise
« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2004 01:44:59 AM »

Um on the sides I just foulded the strap under once and then sewed a square over the strap and a x in the middle.  Then i just sewed over the square and the x several times to make sure it was on really good. I hope i made sense cuz I have this thing where i make the kind of sense that dosnt.
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« Reply #27 on: February 21, 2004 08:06:25 AM »

Hmm...I can't really tell from the pictures but i was just wondering if you used the jacket lining for the lining of the bag or if you used a different fabric? thanks!

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« Reply #28 on: February 21, 2004 10:55:51 AM »

I think that is a cute idea. I think that it looks great and I will be checkin out mens coats in a WHOLE new way.
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« Reply #29 on: February 21, 2004 04:41:48 PM »

Hmm...I can't really tell from the pictures but i was just wondering if you used the jacket lining for the lining of the bag or if you used a different fabric? thanks!



the lining of the coat was sort of a satin-ish material, and i didn't think it would be easy to sew. so i took it out and just used some black cotton fabric.
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