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Topic: Totally tubular messenger-style star bag (pictorially plump)  (Read 8000 times)
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« on: February 05, 2010 06:50:00 PM »

Hey all!  I ride my bike everywhere, including the grocery store, so I had to figure out how to make this bag work for me.  I wanted to make a messenger-type bag so I could carry it on my back easily, and so I thought, why not make it bike-themed? 

The colorful part is fused plastic bags.  I added cut-out star shapes to make it more decorative before I ironed it all down.  It is lined with old inner tubes, which I got from local bike shops that were going to toss them out.  The front straps weave through the cogs--also generously donated by a bike shop--and attach back onto the top flap with velcro.  I mined a thrifted windbreaker for its zip-on hood, which I reattached on the front of the bag as a pocket for wallet/keys. The chest strap is a thrifted belt. 

I used a lot of glue, and hand-stitched when necessary.  Gorilla Glue was the most high-maintenance but got good results; Crazy Glue stuck the best but came in such tiny tubes; and hot glue did very little. 

My materials:

Into this:

I was worried that some grocery store official would think I was stealing if he saw me slipping food into my shoulder bag.  I gave it some handles so it looks more like the typical shopping bag when I'm still browsing.

Here is another angle with the flap open:

Inside of bag:

Holds plenty of groceries: two pounds of coffee, shortening, apples, chick peas...

Mirror shot!

All in all, I think I spent less than $10.  Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2010 08:43:58 PM »

Cool! Very innovative.

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010 09:13:28 PM »

oh man, i am in love with this! such recycling goodness Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2010 09:35:10 PM »

Creative and stylish!

After checking out Regretsy I'm pretty sure I could sell my stuff on Etsy.
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2010 09:07:27 PM »

It looks like leather! I love Gorilla Glue! Very creative bag.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2010 06:49:03 AM »

This bag is awesome.  Great job.

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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010 07:08:23 AM »

Very creative and cool!
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2010 11:45:30 PM »

Do you (or anyone else reading this for that matter) have a tute for fusing the plastic bags by any chance?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2010 01:19:47 PM »

I used this one: http://etsylabs.blogspot.com/2007/05/long-overdue-fusing-plastic-bag.html
Jmesdiylounge of Craftster also posted this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187283.0

Pretty easy to follow.  Keep shrinkage in mind when planning the size.  Remember to always keep the iron moving, and make sure it fuses enough so there are no bubbles or puffy spots.  Good luck!
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2010 08:25:00 AM »

It looks great. But doesn't the straps, made of rubber, stretch?

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