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heartofmary
« on: June 24, 2008 06:26:30 AM »

Hello everyone!  I just completed this messenger bag for myself. The construction is basically the same as most messenger bags posted here, but I made a zip top closure apart from the flap to make it more secure.  Sewing it took longer than expected as I had major issues with my sewing machine.  Luckily, despite the problems I was able to finish it...so here it is.

You may perhaps recognize the paisley corduroy fabric from a previous project of mine. 

Front view


Side/back view showing zippered back pocket


Zip top closure, front pockets and magnetic snap


The inside lining and slip pocket


With straps fully extended


Finished bag size is 10" (H) x 11" (W) x 3" (D). Strap is about 41" long.

More on this here:
http://pinoyinoz.blogspot.com/2008/06/snapping-out-of-sewing-slump.html

Thanks for looking!  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2008 06:31:03 AM »

great  bag  I love  it! what did  you use for interfacing?
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2008 06:48:21 AM »

excellent taste in colors!
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2008 07:03:20 AM »

wow, you did a fabulous job! I love that paisley fabric!
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2008 08:23:28 AM »

Beautiful bag and construction!  Love the zipper closure, too.
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2008 04:58:59 PM »

I really love this bag!  I have been trying to figure out how to do a zip top like that for a diaper bag I'm making - your pics helped me to try to figure it out. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2008 05:36:04 PM »

I really like it, and love the shape of it!  You did great!
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heartofmary
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2008 06:11:10 PM »

great  bag  I love  it! what did  you use for interfacing?


I used stiff interfacing for both outer fabric and lining.  I really don't know the brand - I am not very particular with that...for me, any brand would do for as long as it serves its purpose.  I only had the 'sew-in' kind on hand (and I prefer fusible) so I actually used some spray adhesive to make sewing easier.  Wink

I really love this bag!  I have been trying to figure out how to do a zip top like that for a diaper bag I'm making - your pics helped me to try to figure it out. 

Glad the pics helped you.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask!  Kiss
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2008 07:32:29 AM »

Very nice! Did you use a walking foot? I love to sew with corduroy, but have no walking foot & can't seem to keep the fabrics together right while sewing.
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2008 05:25:40 PM »

Very nice! Did you use a walking foot? I love to sew with corduroy, but have no walking foot & can't seem to keep the fabrics together right while sewing.

You know what, I am not even familiar with the different kinds of sewing machine presser feet.  I just use the basic kind.  I don't even have a zipper foot!  I think the fact that I had fused the fabrics with interfacing made the sewing easier and prevented them from puckering or shifting.   Grin
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