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Topic: Teacher friendly birdie satchel - first post - still have all my fingers!  (Read 6581 times)
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« on: November 20, 2008 08:36:56 AM »


I'm a student teacher, so when I'm not carting around students' work it's folders and notebooks galore. I teach English as a Second Language so I often take random stuff to lessons for inspire conversation (cooking equipment/legobricks/small furry friends). I had a satchel for two months but it just fell apart due to the daily weight of my stuff - time to make one I thought, and properly reinforce it!!

First, three things you should know:

1. I've never made a bag before (or finished a crafting project)
2. I got excluded from textiles classes in secondary school because I argued with my tutor and so...
3. My sewing knowledge (and common sense levels) are almost nil!

So with that impressive C.V stitching a bag should be no problem, right?? I am always so inspired by what I see on Craftster (and usually too scared to post - everything here's so good!) Anyway I took a look at a tutorial for a basic satchel (do you guys call them messenger bags?) and scaled it so that it would fit A4 folders and other bits and pieces. I found a beautiful idea for the bag front from a blog called montessoribyhand and adapted everything together to fit. This is the result of my first DIY pattern, I hope you like it cos I'm in love with my creation!

The finished product:

To give you an idea of the strap length:

Inside, a little birdie pocket:

Full of all my 'teacher items' - it's roomy! :

It has a good sized back pocket too, but my camera batteries died before I could snap that sorry!

I enjoyed making this so much that I'm going to have a go at another bag (plus I now own a sewing machine, the best impulse buy ever Cheesy) so please give any comments or suggestions (good/bad!)

Thanks and happy crafting  Cheesy
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2008 08:40:25 AM »

That bag is awesome!  You did super!  I love it!  And, don't be afraid to post on here, Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2008 08:57:26 AM »

Excellent job for your first bag!!!!  It's very pretty!

« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2008 09:03:01 AM »

What she said! Great job. I love the orange with the grey. It's fabulous Smiley The zipper looks great. I've been sewing for over a year now and I'm still afraid to try a zipper. You give me hope that I may be able to do it.

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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2008 09:06:47 AM »

beautiful bag and I really like the orange and grey together!

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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2008 09:26:01 AM »

argh, I love the birdie pocket!  The best thing about making handmade stuff is adding details for yourself Smiley  awesome job!
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2008 10:14:40 AM »

This is so gorgeous.  I bet it'll cause a stir with your students.

« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2008 10:17:45 AM »

That is your first completed project and first bag?  Wow!  Very impressive and we'll look forward to seeing more of your creations!
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2008 10:56:44 AM »

I'm in love with your creation too!!
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2008 11:02:04 AM »

Very nice.  I love your fabric choices and it looks very well made.  Good job.
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