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« on: March 07, 2011 05:20:51 AM »

At least I hope it's semi-manly.  This is for my brother-in-law's graduation present.  He's in touch with his sensitive side, and way into 80s style, but still a total guy.  I hope this is right up his alley.  The pattern is from "One Yard Wonders."

I scrounged the heavy-duty gray fabric AND the neon green lining from the fabric remnants at Wal-Mart, where I tend to always find something that I might use one day...I am really trying to be better about the using part, haha.

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Close up of the buttons (I scored the green peace sign at Michaels after looking forever for something non-girly, and the "super" button I've had forever -- anyone else used to get the American Girl magazine?  I think it was part of a free gift or something).


Close up of the strap.  I debated on adding the "flare" here.  I think it's the right amount, though.  I'm happy with it.  I had to scavange the hardware from an old bag as I could not find these things anywhere.


This shot shows the green lining AND...that's HP7 in there for size reference  Wink


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I'm starting to think I don't make anything for myself, and this suits me kinda great.  O well...I always think a good gift is one you wish you could keep!  Thanks for looking!!
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011 08:57:46 AM »

I love it! looks well made! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011 09:05:28 AM »

Great job!! Looks very well made & I like that you scavange for things. Old hardware works just fine. Your brother-in-law's going to love it.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011 10:09:19 AM »

It's awesome and appropriately "manly" Smiley. The grey color is really nice and the colorful strap adds the perfect touch. Where did you find that??

I'm happy to know that this is from One Yard Wonders because I have that book and I'm in need of a simple messenger bag!

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011 10:25:54 AM »

Thanks guys!  Grin

LimeRiot: The colorful strap is a Wal-Mart special.  The pattern is called "Aztec."  I found it in a 9ft spool with the ribbons and also by the yard.  I sewed it onto a piece of canvas (also scavenged from on old bag) to add some sturdiness, though because it is kind of flimsy by itself.  I think it would be find doubled up, though.

I just made the kid's version of this bag, also.  Super easy and fun!  One Yard Wonders is great!

ETA:  Oh!  And in case you are looking through the book and can't find the bag, it's "Matt's Map Bag,"  I just left out the clear pouch on the front for the map  Smiley
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I have that book, there are sure some great ideas in it!  Your bag looks great, and appropriately 'manly', too!
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