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Topic: Re-Purposed Messenger Bag  (Read 804 times)
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« on: February 09, 2009 12:48:40 PM »

So here's a messenger bag I made for my little bro for his b'day.
He is British and lives in England but is mad about the USA and is hoping to move there next year.
The bag is made out of two t-shirts I got from the thrift store.
I did a simplified USA flag in reverse appliqu on the front (the white is from the sleeve of another t-shirt).
I made the shirt pocket from the red shirt into a pen-pocket on the inside of the bag.
The lining of the bag is made out of plastic grocery store bags. I took three bags at a time, cut off the handles and the strip along the bottom, sandwiched them between two layers of parchment paper and then ironed them (on the "rayon" setting). The heat from the iron fused the sheets of plastic together and made a thicker, sew-able "fabric". I then just sewed it together on my machine and popped it inside. The stiffness of the plastic "fabric" helped the bag keep its shape as the t-shirt fabric is pretty flimsy.
The strap is made from a belt (also from the thrift store). I liked the buckle detail, so I cut the belt 1/4 of the way down and attached the cut ends to either side of the bag. The loop for the button is one of my old hair-ties and the button is the only thing I bought brand new and just because I LOVED the shape of it. Actually, that button cost more than all the other materials for the bag!
p.s. the toes in the bottom picture belong to my adorable son!
« Last Edit: February 10, 2009 02:59:50 PM by joyfulone » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2011 05:25:50 AM »

What a cute idea, I'm sure your brother loved it.  Cheesy
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