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« on: June 25, 2009 03:36:51 PM »

I love messenger bags, but I can never find any big enough for all of the stuff I have to lug around at school. So, after seeing a crocheted bag somewhere online a year ago (I have no idea where anymore), I made my own version of it out of plarn. Unfortunately, it's still too small. But it makes a great overnight bag!!!! It took me AGES to get it done, and then even longer to add the lining (which I did in a weird way, so I guess that might be why). But it turned out pretty cute, in my opinion.










Well, there it is. The red/silver stripe you see is a Target Christmas bag. All of it. Those things are huge, but when you cut it up...not so much. I lined it with some inexpensive fabric from Hobby Lobby. I would really, really appreciate some constructive criticism on this one. I kinda want to make another one, but better this time. So I can have it for school, and it will hold all of my heavy books.



For any that are interested: the bag was worked in the round, so the only seam I actually had to do was one side of the handle. I didn't have a pattern, so I just kinda estimated how much I wanted it to expand when my books were in it, and how tall it would need to be to properly cover everything. I don't have a closer thingy, the flap just hangs.  I made the strap longer than it needed to be, and then folded the parts closest to the bag and sewed them that way, for extra strength. I used about a yard and a half of the fabric for he lining. I recommend making the flap as long (or longer) than the bag itself without anything in it. Generally, I find that thinner bags (like the ones at grocery stores) are better than the thicker ones (like Target bags). I regretted working in the strip until it was done, just because it was so much thicker than the brown bags.
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009 07:04:14 PM »




Well, there it is. The red/silver stripe you see is a Target Christmas bag. All of it. Those things are huge, but when you cut it up...not so much. I lined it with some inexpensive fabric from Hobby Lobby. I would really, really appreciate some constructive criticism on this one. I kinda want to make another one, but better this time. So I can have it for school, and it will hold all of my heavy books.

your lining looks very nice.
and your stitches are smooth and even.
what stitch did you use for the third row below the stripe in this photo?
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/183059_P1010827.JPG



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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009 07:36:12 PM »

I used double crochet for all of the bag, but I worked only in the back loop for the entire flap. I actually think that's where I originally ended the bag, but then went back and added more because the flap wasn't long enough, so that might be why it looks a little different.
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