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« on: June 14, 2008 04:48:04 PM »

This one nearly killed me.  Those of you who have written up tutorials as you make a project know what I am talking about. 
Here is the origional.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244490.msg2701877#msg2701877
Here it is. 
The scrapstash busting messenger bag!


First you get to bust your scrap stash a little.  Pick out your favorites and brightest colors.

Iron everything flat and cut out squares mine measure 3 by 3
I always go crazy and cut out way more then I need.  I actually used 64 squares. 


This is my favorite part!! You get to arrange the squares in a pleasing pattern (or non-pattern).  Mine are meant to be random, but I do want to disperse the colors evenly.  I tried to blues and blues away from each other and such.

Flip all of the squares over and arrange them very close to each other.  Iron on a layer of fusible interfacing to the backs of the squares. 

Cut the squares apart.

Start sewing the squares together in rows.  I always sew a straight stitch and then a zigzag close to the edge when doing the patchwork section. 


When you have two rows, press them flat and then pin them together.  Make sure your seams match up.  Sew a straight seam to attach them and then another zigzag to secure them.  Keep going until you have a large rectangle.  Mine is four squares by five squares.  It measures about 12 by 14 inches.


Repeat this whole process until you have three patchwork rectangles.   

Now you get to cut out the sides and lining pieces. 

Black fabric. 
Large rectangles x 3        12x14 inches
Long rectangles x 2      3x14 inches
Short rectangles x 4       3x 12 inches

Fuse interfacing to each of these pieces.
I also use a heavier sew-in interfacing that gets attached to the lining. 
Cut these pieces out of heavier interfacing.
Large rectangles x 3        12x14 inches
Long rectangles x 1      3x14 inches
Short rectangles x 2       3x 12 inches

Cut out more black fabric for the strap. 
7 by 42 inches
Fuse interfacing to the back of this fabric

Fold the edges into the middle and press.

Fold the whole thing over again and press.

Topstitch close to both sides. 

Set strap off to the side.

Assemble the pocket..
Put together four of the scrap squares using the same technique as in the beginning. 
Cut out a black rectangle the same shape as the patchwork square

Stack these together with right sides facing each other.
Sew around, but leave an opening at the bottom to turn it inside out.

Flip it inside out and use a chopstick to pop out the corners.
Grab one of the large black rectangles.  Place the square where you want the pocket to be and pin it down.  Stitch around the pocket you will catch the turning opening in the seam.


Time to start assembling the lining.
When I attach the lining pieces, I layer the heavier interfacing with the lining as put it together.  I sew it together all at once.  You can see in the picture, the white stuff is the interfacing. 
I started with attaching the bottom (longer rectangle) to one of the large lining rectangles.
Leave an opening about five inches long on this piece (for turning later).(I dont zigzag the lining pieces.  I think I can get by with out it.  I do however zigzag the outside pieces just in case.)   

Attach the sides in the same fashion.
Sew the bottom of the side pieces to the bottom piece.

Pin the other large rectangle to the rest of the lining.  Sew the bottom and sides to the rest of the lining.

Time to get nuts.  This part is pretty cool.
Look at your three patchwork pieces and pic out your favorite.  This one is going to be the turned into the flap.
Fold the patchwork rectangle in half and cut out a curve like this.

Lay the piece on top of your left over large black rectangle and interfacing.
Cut those pieces to match the patchwork piece. 

Attach a piece of nylon webbing about 6 inches long to the center of the lining part of the flap about three inches away from the edge.  Flip up the lose end of the webbing and pin it out of the way. 

Now it is time to start applying the scary bias tape.  I absolutely love the look of bias tape binding, but have a hell of a time getting it on there and not looking like crap.  I bought one of these handy dandy feet for my machine off of ebay.  I just did a search for bias foot and 22 items like this showed up.  It takes me less than ten minutes to take care of edging like this.  I love this foot!!!  With a regular foot, this would have taken me an hour to get it to look right.  I am completely anal about this stuff.

So anyway, the bias tape goes around the sides and bottom of the flap.  The top stays raw.

Assemble the outer part of the bag the same way you did the lining. 

The only difference is instead of leaving a hole for turning, you need to pin a six-inch length of nylon webbing to the front and center.  Here you see a little of the tail hanging out where it has been sewn into the seam. 

Pin the straps and the flap to the outer part of the bag and stitch those down.

Grab the lining section and flip it right side out.  Put it inside of the outer section, line everything up, pin all the way around, and then finally sew around the entire opening of the bag.  Pull the lining outside and this is what you have.
 
Flip the entire thing inside out through the hole you left in the lining. 
Pin that hole closed and stitch it down.  (I add my tag at this stage)

Use the nylon straps to attach whatever closure apparatus you want.  I used one of those plastic buckles.  Just thread it through, pull it back behind itself and sew it down to make a loop.  I did this on both sides.  Click it together and you are finally finished. 

Here is what mine looks like on the inside.

Heres the glory shot.
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2008 05:08:53 PM »

outstanding!  love it  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2008 05:20:12 PM »

What a cute messenger bag. I love the colors. Thanks for taking the time to write up a tutorial!
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2008 05:28:47 PM »

Wow.  It seems like you put A LOT of work into that. 
It's well worth it.  Excellent result.   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2008 05:44:33 PM »

Amazing skill I would say  Grin  and the tutorial is really great.  Love your colourways  Smiley Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2008 05:50:24 PM »

I love your bag.  Great work!  I know part of the reason it came out so beautifully is because you had a little help from your kitty.  My kitties help me out a lot, too. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2008 05:51:59 PM »

oooh pretty  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2008 06:44:27 PM »

Absolutely gorgeous!!  Thanks for the tut too!!  I know I will have to raid my scrap stash and give this a try!
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2008 08:32:28 PM »

Fantastic! I can never get my squares lined up perfectly.
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2008 10:44:39 PM »

patience, young grasshopper
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2008 11:38:55 PM »

your bag looks great! no idea why, butI love the photo with the stacked patchwork pieces Smiley Thank you for the tutorial!
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2008 05:35:43 AM »

I know!  Me too!  It looks so yummy.
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2008 07:54:21 AM »

Very nice!  I approve of more people doing patchwork.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2008 09:33:19 AM »

where did you buy the scarves? This would be a great project to make for a computer case.
I'm worried I won't find one that I like.
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2008 12:01:32 PM »

You did an awesome job and thank you so much for the tut!
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« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2008 01:14:54 PM »

This is a really awesome bag.  I love the variety of fabrics you used.

A quick time-saving tip - you don't have to cut the squares apart after you iron on the interfacing!  If you line them up carefully (which it looks like you did), you can simply fold the right sides together down each line and sew.  Do all of the verticals and then all of the horizontals (or vice versa).  Et voila, perfectly matched seams with half the effort.
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« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2008 01:39:19 PM »

Looks great!  I love it, great way to use some of the left over fabric stash stuff.

Love how all your cats had to be "involved"!  ha!
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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2008 03:01:05 PM »

Great tutorial! i also enjoyed watching your kitty help you Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2008 03:04:02 PM »

Beautiful work and thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2008 04:14:07 PM »

where did you buy the scarves?

scarves?
wat?
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« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2008 04:47:39 PM »

GREAT BAG AND THANKS FOR THE TUTORIAL!!!    Grin
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« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2008 08:22:59 PM »

i have a crush on your cat.
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« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2008 08:31:31 PM »

This is phenomenal! Bookmarked and I just had to hit 'this rocks!'
Thanks so much for posting this! Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2008 10:09:24 PM »

Thank you so much for the tutorial!  I would love ot make myself one of these.  I also knew nothing about a bias foot...I MUST get one!
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« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2008 04:41:00 AM »

thats gorgeous thanks for the tut Smiley and i just love your feline helper
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« Reply #25 on: June 16, 2008 10:48:07 AM »

THANK You for the tute.  I am so going to try this.  I'm not much of a sewer but I think that I can follow your steps.  I really appreciate this tute, and I love the bag, the colors, the shape, everything.
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« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2008 11:48:25 AM »

Wow, it's gorgeous! And such a great tutorial too! I was actually planning on making a bag with a patchwork flap, so I'm bookmarking this for reference Smiley

Thanks so much for sharing!
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« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2008 09:57:15 PM »

bias foot?!!?!?  who knew such things existed (clearly, not I).  you're bag is fantabulous!  thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2008 08:20:27 AM »

That looks like a project for a perfectionist with patience - and I'm guessing that's you because it looks awesome!    Wink
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« Reply #29 on: June 20, 2008 05:11:42 PM »

I wasn't always a perfectionist.  Over the last few years I have sharpened ninja sewing skills and cat-like reflexes.
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« Reply #30 on: June 21, 2008 03:55:56 PM »

I made this using your tutorial!  You did a great job.  I kept stumping myself, and making mistakes, but  I kept rereading it and I finally figured it out!  I will post picture elsewhere so I don't make a runaway thread.

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« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2008 06:05:42 PM »

OH! I'm gonna save all the scraps from the clothing me and my mom make for myself and make a bag! Then my bag will ALWAYS match what I'm wearing! Smiley

Any ideas on making stretch fabric no longer stretchy so it can be used to make a bag?
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« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2008 04:55:55 PM »

super stiff interfacing might help.  I try to stick with cotton quilting fabric.  It is really easy to work with.
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« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2008 06:26:06 PM »

Wow you put a lot of work into that and it shows! It's adorable. And you took the time to write up a tutorial. Great job! (Your cat is cute too.)
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« Reply #34 on: July 19, 2008 08:27:47 PM »

Thank you so much for the tute. It helped me with the idea for mine.
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« Reply #35 on: July 19, 2008 10:36:03 PM »

OMgosh - I love this bag. I have over 10,000 five inch squares of fabric from participating in many, many swaps and I now have a new idea of how to use some of them other than in quilts. Thank you so much for the tute - all of your efforts are greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2008 06:11:15 PM »

Happy to help!  Post pics please!
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« Reply #37 on: March 16, 2013 08:32:13 AM »

I love your bag.  Great work!  I know part of the reason it came out so beautifully is because you had a little help from your kitty.  My kitties help me out a lot, too. 

I totally agree with Pharmgirl.  I think the kitty was exactly what made this so cool!  One of mine helps as yours does, the other stands off to the side and gives comments (he's blind), but they both help.  Great tutorial and I bet I make mine like this!
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