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Topic: Messenger Bags with gussets plus 1 tote  (Read 1650 times)
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« on: April 18, 2011 08:26:06 AM »

I have recently been making bags left and right for swaps...I started with the tutorial for messenger bag with gussets (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0)and then went from there...

First I made a test one with some scraps I had lying around, the lining is a men's dress shirt and the outside is an upholstery sample supplemented with some solid black twill where I didn't quite have enough fabric:

It came out pretty nice, I decided to opt out of the magnetic clasp and I had one pocket inside, which after some use I realized needed a little reinforcement stitching and some more little pockets.

Then I made a final copy for clumsy_momma in the Reading Swap:

I extended the front flap for this one, stenciled it with a portrait of Albert Binet (a noted psychologist who was also interested in handwriting analysis which is also an interest of my partner) and added an extra interior pocket.

After this, I was so familiar with the pattern that I decided to make it into a tote for my "The Office" swap partner.  She wanted a bag covered in that's what she said quotes so I used the same pattern but removed the front flap and fashioned two straps about 22" in length and attached them between the lining and the exterior just as you would attach the strap in the original tutorial but obviously on the front and back rather than on the gussets. 

I ironed on the quotes using dark iron on transfer paper before I assembled the bag, and of course even more interior pockets for this one.  (You can never have too many pockets right? Smiley )

I hope you enjoyed my plethora of messenger bags. 

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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011 08:28:21 AM »

These look great!

And I agree - there's never too many pockets. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011 09:35:15 AM »

I love the second one, I like quotes so that's neat, also I like the pockets & yes you never can have to many pockets. Great job!! Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2011 05:57:43 PM »

I am in love with The Office bag!!!!

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2011 09:01:43 PM »

Nice! You really can't have too many pockets.

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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2011 05:51:29 AM »

Those are great.  I really like the one with Alfred Binet on it, as I'm a grad student in a counseling program.  The first one is neat too.  the black goes really well with that fabric and looks like you meant to use it.  The pockets are great.  I always need more pockets in bags.

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