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Hitgirl
« on: August 21, 2005 06:37:55 AM »

Hello Cheesy this is my second attempt at a bag. School's starting and I'm tired of cramming my folders into bags that are too small, so I decided to make my own.  I actually put a lot of thought into this and I think it came out okay.




The bag. Excessive badge usage aagh! My friends brought a hat back from Russia for me and it was covered in badges and I've been using them lately... a lot. The bag's a bit boring so I thought I'd put some of badges on.


This is the flap - you can see the topstitching and the badges up close. Okay, so the Blythe ones aren't from Russia buuut... yeah Cheesy
I salvaged bits of an old broken suitcase and put a big piece inside the flap to make it stronger.


The strap. I harvested the strap off another crappy bag I got at an university fair, and covered it in the pinstriped fabric. This way it's strong and comfy.


The excessive amount of velcro I used for the flap. Looking back I could have made things a lot simpler but oh well.  Wink


The back + zippered pocket. I found my zipper foot after I put the zipper on!  Tongue it's not too nice looking, but when I wear my bag it stays against my body so it's not visible.


I apologise if I went overboard with the photos. I just fixed my camera Tongue

The lining is the same pinstriped fabric. There are a few pockets for little things and pens and stuff but it's too dark to see inside.
All together I used a metre of the fabric, a bit over half a metre of velcro, a zipper (all of which I got at the market), and a few salvaged bits here and there. The whole thing cost me about 3.50 (a bit over $4). I'm very pleased!
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beatlesfan
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2005 06:44:10 AM »

Wow, what a professional looking bag. I love the material. What did you use for stiffening? I am still looking at bags and saying I am going to make one but am a little nervous about trying. What would you say is the hardest thing about making that bag?

Believe it or not, I have been a professional seamstress for the past 5 years and I am timid about making a bag! That seems so funny to me.

Keep up the good work.
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Hitgirl
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2005 06:49:41 AM »

Wow, what a professional looking bag. I love the material. What did you use for stiffening? I am still looking at bags and saying I am going to make one but am a little nervous about trying. What would you say is the hardest thing about making that bag?

Believe it or not, I have been a professional seamstress for the past 5 years and I am timid about making a bag! That seems so funny to me.

Keep up the good work.

Well I didn't. I have no idea where to get interfacing here (I'm living in the Netherlands at the moment). What I did is stitch a bit of that suitcase (heh) to the bottom gusset of the outer bag. It was pretty stiff. And with the stiffer flap, the bag holds it's shape pretty well.

The hardest thing was... stuffing the strap into the new pinstriped cover for it! I got a horrible pain on my wrist. And putting the whole thing together (the lining and the outside part) was pretty hard. Oh and dealing with the fabric... it kept fraying. I made a plan on paper and followed it so everything went smoothly (except I hadn't planned on my machine breaking halfway through making it :/)

But thank you Cheesy It's a pretty straight forward bag, straight stitching everywhere.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2005 06:52:27 AM »

i love that bag! A tutorial please! I've seen other messenger bags made on craftster but they seem to small or not my style. What are the dimensions??? TUTORIAL!!!!!!! Smiley
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Hitgirl
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2005 06:55:32 AM »

i love that bag! A tutorial please! I've seen other messenger bags made on craftster but they seem to small or not my style. What are the dimensions??? TUTORIAL!!!!!!! Smiley

Thanks Cheesy I'll make one if I ever make this bag again!
The dimensions are 8 x 28 x 34 cm I think. That's 3 x 11 x 13 inches if I'm not mistaken. It's basically a bit bigger than an A4.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2005 01:29:34 PM »

Nice bag! I really like the pinstriped fabric and the contrasting zipper.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2005 04:22:35 PM »

YEAH MAN! this bag is awesome!! im planning on making one before school starts..i just hope mine will turn out as good as yours! good job!

ps...do u have a tute for this? pleasy pleasy
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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2005 05:54:10 PM »

love the pin stripes! what a great fabric
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2005 01:14:41 AM »

Ah that bag is so me.  I'm a sucker for pin stripes.  And that top badge is gorgeous.  Makes me want to go back to school to justify making one (almost!!!).
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Hitgirl
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2005 10:11:54 AM »

Thank you guys Cheesy
I'm glad there are plenty people out there appreciating pinstripes Wink

It's a very simple bag really, just make two bags (lining and outside one) and attach a flap and straps and... yep. Shocked
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2005 06:35:01 PM »

oo.
ive been lookin for pinstriped fabirc
to make just this, a messenger bag.
i want pink and black tho.
but yea.
great job. =)
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Hitgirl
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2005 10:33:23 AM »

oo.
ive been lookin for pinstriped fabirc
to make just this, a messenger bag.
i want pink and black tho.
but yea.
great job. =)

Thanks Cheesy
Pink and black would be hot.
This fabric is really crap though! It's already making it fluff balls and I've used the bag three times.  Tongue oh well, it was super cheap.
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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2005 02:09:07 PM »

Wow, that's amazing!  I love pinstripes, they're so classy yet fun Smiley 
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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2005 08:19:40 PM »

Wow, that turned out great! Especially for the price! Now I want to make one! (rushes off to find more fabric) Great job!
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« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2005 08:46:44 PM »

If you want to use less expensive fabric and you don't want it to fray, there are a few ways of treating the edges before sewing. One way is to use diluted fabric glue such as sobo. Dilute it with water and use something like a paint brush and paint all the edges after cutting out the pattern. Let dry and sew. You can also use something called fray check. It comes in a little bottle at the fabric store. Another way is to use iron on interfacing (the heavy kind) on all the fabric before cutting out your pattern. You fabric will look more expensive and last longer without fraying. Just a suggestion. I love that pinstripe fabric you used. Your cutting and sewing looks very good. You are a talented sewer.
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Hitgirl
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2005 03:08:15 PM »

If you want to use less expensive fabric and you don't want it to fray, there are a few ways of treating the edges before sewing. One way is to use diluted fabric glue such as sobo. Dilute it with water and use something like a paint brush and paint all the edges after cutting out the pattern. Let dry and sew. You can also use something called fray check. It comes in a little bottle at the fabric store. Another way is to use iron on interfacing (the heavy kind) on all the fabric before cutting out your pattern. You fabric will look more expensive and last longer without fraying. Just a suggestion. I love that pinstripe fabric you used. Your cutting and sewing looks very good. You are a talented sewer.

Awr thank you Cheesy

And yep, considered interfacing. Sounds like a great idea to strengthen fabric as well as keeping it from fraying. Only thing is that I can't even find a fabric store round my town, much less find somewhere to buy interfacing, etc. There used to be one downtown but it closed a few months ago (literally a couple of weeks before I got into proper sewing). Now I get my fabric at the market.
I'll keep your tips in mind for when I do find a shop! Hopefully that will be soon, market fabric = low quality.
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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2005 02:30:49 PM »

omigod!!! that is soo cool. if only i had such talent
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« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2005 08:54:01 PM »

omigod!!! that is soo cool. if only i had such talent

There are many fabric shops on line that sell good fabric at pretty good prices. One is Quilter.com and another one is: www.fabric.com. You should also check out Ebay for fabric or interfacing.

There are more, just google fabric.
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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2005 11:16:54 AM »

Mmm yeah but not having a credit card is a bit of a hindrance to buying online Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2005 11:23:49 AM »

I like it. A lot.
Very  lovely!
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