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Topic: Preppy pink plaid messenger from reclaimed fabrics  (Read 14119 times)
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« on: May 18, 2010 12:19:04 PM »

I love, love, love using old and/or thrifted clothing for bags and totes!  For me, the thrift store is like a super discount fabric store.  Smiley  My goal is to use recycled fabrics in such a way that they don't look recycled.  This messenger is made from 100% reclaimed fabrics, plus a thrift store zipper.  Can you guess what I recycled to make this bag?   Wink

The shimmery outer pink fabric was a skirt, and the plaid fabric was an ugly granny shirt.  The sweet pink ticking lining was a curtain, and there's a little jeans pocket, too.  I first learned to make messenger bags with gloriana's fabulous messenger bag tutorial, and I learned to make zippered pockets with SewPixie's tutorial.  (Thank you, ladies, for sharing so much with us!)

I hope you like this (my teen daughter does, and has already claimed it!) and are inspired to create some reclaimed bags for yourself!  Thanks for looking.  Smiley

« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010 12:25:16 PM »

WOW!! this bag is RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING!! awesome work!!  Grin

« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2010 12:40:52 PM »

beautiful work!  i'm just love it and am definitely inspired to give it a shot...i agree with you on thrift stores.  they are my favorite fabric store too! Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2010 12:46:39 PM »

This was so inspiring! I might have to make one for my kidnik for next school year. That is so lovely, and so well sewn.  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2010 01:55:29 PM »

That is a seriously great bag!  Nicely done!

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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2010 02:00:52 PM »

LOVE IT!  The bag totally rocks!

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2010 02:39:51 PM »

Great job!
The bag is beautiful.
Just like you, I love working with thrifted materials. I feel like it gives your projects more character (including one or several pasts). And I love the challenge of turning something 'old' into something new and unexpected.

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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2010 02:53:10 PM »

Wow! Great job Smiley  Great use of thrifty finds. Really nice pairing of materials. This looks like something you would pay mucho buckos for at a retail store. Nice work Wink Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2010 02:56:26 PM »

 :)I really like both the fabric and the style of this bag!

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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2010 05:25:09 PM »

This is such an awesome messenger and I adore the fabrics you've used!
Great job!
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