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Title: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: silk81 on January 22, 2006 04:15:21 PM
I just finished this messenger bag:


I knew exactly what i wanted it to look like and that included several things i've never done before.
Here is my first messenger bag (i made several small bags and purses)
with my first ever embroidery and my first attempt at piping.

cell phone pocket


w/ flap open


lining and inside pocket



It's going to be a birthday present for a friend. I hope she likes it!

I'm really happy with it and i think i'll make another one for myself.

What do you think?


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: cosmicjacuzzi on January 22, 2006 04:21:10 PM
wow. its very professional looking.

i totally want one.  ;)


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: frubaloo on January 22, 2006 04:25:42 PM
It looks incredible! Very professional, and I love the lining and the embroidery.
I'm sure your friend will love it! How long did it take to make?


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: littlebiddle on January 22, 2006 04:28:52 PM
so cute!  you did a great job!  looks totally pro! love the embroidery! :)


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: loveletters on January 22, 2006 04:32:24 PM
Very professional! You should consider selling them to friends, etc.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: perilously_divine on January 22, 2006 04:50:15 PM
thats looks really fantastic!! great job!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: GirlyGirlBags on January 22, 2006 06:49:08 PM
Very professional looking!  Your friend is going to love it!!  I really like all the details  - you are very talented.   ;D


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: bluelise on January 22, 2006 06:53:03 PM
That looks incredible! I'm jealous of your friend who is getting it!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: Zephyr on January 22, 2006 08:13:27 PM
You know, if you hadnt said anything - id believe this was like your 10th or so messenger bag. i love how the flap is going diagnol-y. very good work! <33 she will looooove it.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: janetsjunk on January 22, 2006 09:50:01 PM
I agree with Zephyr!  Very well made and very professional.  The lining is so beautiful...where did you find it?


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: poohza on January 22, 2006 09:51:21 PM
looks great! I love the lining fabric. I think your friend will be thrilled!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: Pollyanna On Speed on January 23, 2006 08:18:23 AM
Looks great!

I've been looking for a messenger bag, but one that goe sthe other way. :)


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: SevsOnlyGirl on January 23, 2006 08:32:58 AM
Brilliant!  That's an awesome job for a first try!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: dyabolica on January 23, 2006 09:21:16 AM
I love all the pockets especially. I also like the flashy lining. I think the piping is a nice touch, I need to use it in my bags more..Is that the lotus from Sublime stitching?


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: starlene on January 23, 2006 10:26:47 AM
So well put together, I love everything about it.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: silk81 on January 23, 2006 11:47:16 AM
:) thanks everyone!!

It looks incredible! Very professional, and I love the lining and the embroidery.
I'm sure your friend will love it! How long did it take to make?
I'm not quite sure how long it took, because i didn't make it all in one session. And i keep losing track of time while im sewing ;). My guess would be 10 - 15 hours.

I agree with Zephyr!  Very well made and very professional.  The lining is so beautiful...where did you find it?
I saw it at IKEA and just had to buy it. It frayed terribly and was really a pain to work with.

I love all the pockets especially. I also like the flashy lining. I think the piping is a nice touch, I need to use it in my bags more..Is that the lotus from Sublime stitching?
Yes, i wanted to do the dragon first but i decided, that it would be a little hard for a first try.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: LaLaFireFly on January 24, 2006 06:54:42 AM
That is such a great bag! Did you use a tutorial or is it your own pattern?


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: dutchkid on January 24, 2006 11:15:58 AM
I agree with everybody - it's a very professional looking bag! You'll friend will be thrilled  ;)


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: silk81 on January 24, 2006 01:52:33 PM
That is such a great bag! Did you use a tutorial or is it your own pattern?
It's my own. Patterndrafting is fun! And i love making bags.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: aml on January 25, 2006 10:14:17 PM
Wow, your friend will love that. Especially that little horizontal pocket for the cell-phone, she'll never have to rumage through here bag again when its ringing.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: angelbum on January 26, 2006 08:23:39 PM
This looks really nice! Do you have a close up pic of your slit pockets? I did one on my bag yesterday and it didn't come out as nicely as yours. Just wondering what your trick was if you wouldn't mind sharing?


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: FairyFemme on January 27, 2006 12:26:30 PM
That's pretty sweet.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: wenders on January 27, 2006 12:57:29 PM
I saw it at IKEA and just had to buy it. It frayed terribly and was really a pain to work with.

I bought some of that fabric from Ikea too, its so pretty & soft, I agree tho, such a pain in the butt to work with!! Beautiful job on the bag, I'm tempted to fight with the left over fabric I have and attempt to make another bag :)


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: blackchampayne on January 27, 2006 04:34:21 PM
fantastic, im really quite envious of your skills :) It's beautiful


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: krajackex on January 27, 2006 10:26:51 PM
wow. its very professional looking.

i totally want one.  ;)
Couldn't have said it better.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: silk81 on January 28, 2006 01:21:05 PM
Thanks! I can't wait to give it to my friends after all the wonderfull feedback i got from you.

This looks really nice! Do you have a close up pic of your slit pockets? I did one on my bag yesterday and it didn't come out as nicely as yours. Just wondering what your trick was if you wouldn't mind sharing?

The pictures i took are pretty fuzzy, so i can't post a clear close up of the pockets. I'm going to make some kind of tutorial for slit pockets. But this might take some days.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag!
Post by: silk81 on February 02, 2006 03:58:17 PM
SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL



Mark place and length of the pocket slit and cut the fabric as the red lines show. (The length of the slit is the blue line)


Cut 2 pieces of fabric: about 2cm longer than your slit and 2cm wide.(further referred to as "slit pieces")  Fold in center.


Align center line of each "slit piece" with a blue line in first picture. Open sides facing each other. Sew through all layers along blue line.


Fold "slit pieces" through the slit. Consequently the closed sides now face each other.
 This is what it should look like from the inside:


Outside view:

Fold forward along dotted line.

You should see the little triangle and parts of the "slit pieces" hanging over to the right.
Sew them together along the blue line.

repeat on the other end

You probably want to have a pocket behind that slit.
When you attach it, sew along the blue line.


If you want to add a zipper remember to do that before you attach the pocket.

I suggest you try this on some leftover fabric as you go through this tutorial. Some parts are hard to explain if you don't see them.

Tell me if there are any questions.

I'll try to take some pics next time I make a slit pocket that is not black on black.


EDIT:
 You can also make pockets with only one "slit piece" that coveres the whole slit:



the slit piece should then be at least 3cm wide.

they make perfect cell phone pockets!!




Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: tigergirl on February 02, 2006 09:57:16 PM
That bag looks incredible - so professional!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: Rain on February 03, 2006 07:45:55 AM
It looks great. Thanks for the tutorial!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: munk_munk on February 03, 2006 08:10:39 AM
great tutorial! thanks for sharing  :)


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: beautiful | BRUNETTE on February 03, 2006 11:10:34 PM
Gorgeous!


Looks like something I'd see a lot of college students carrying.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: silk81 on February 05, 2006 05:45:17 AM
Thank you!

This is my first tutorial and I was afraid of it not making any sense at all. ;)


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: angelbum on February 06, 2006 02:05:43 PM
Oh Thank-you so much for the tutorial!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: mata on February 08, 2006 12:43:18 AM
The slit pocket tutorial is great!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!! I'm bookmarking this for future reference.. :-)


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: bestaness42 on March 31, 2006 10:48:46 AM
Cute Bag........
What are the demensions for the bag?


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: silk81 on April 03, 2006 08:20:33 AM
Cute Bag........
What are the demensions for the bag?

12 1/2" x 10" x 2 1/2"


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: Dollyrocker on April 03, 2006 09:32:14 AM
cute ;D very cute!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: Viqueen on April 14, 2006 05:41:18 AM
Thanks SO SO much for the tutorial  :D I would never have figured that out by myself  ;)  your bag looks AMAZING - great job! I'm making myself one right now  :D!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: munchnerkindl on May 10, 2006 11:23:41 PM
this bag just deserves my first ever message on this forum.....just gorgeous!!!!!!!
I will try and make one myself. I just have to. Its calling me right now! and thanks for the tutorial  ;)


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: deepgreen29 on August 20, 2006 07:24:40 PM
great bag, great tute, thank you.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: silk81 on August 22, 2006 03:52:11 PM
Thank you everyone!

Has anyone actually tried that tutorial? Does it work/ make sense?


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: deregering on August 22, 2006 06:14:49 PM
I wrestled all day with one and could not get it right! Tomorrow I'll try again but now with your instructions!

Great bag, gives quite a lot of inspiration.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: silk81 on August 26, 2006 11:10:51 AM
deregering, please tell me if there are any questions. I didn't make any slit pockets lately, so I couldn't post any pics of the process. But if it would be of any help I could make one of left over fabric.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: snoopynette on November 21, 2006 04:44:08 AM
Hi! I'm new here and I have not much experience with sewing. But I understood your tutorial after a try with scrap fabrics, and I'm making one now for a bag... It's really a great tutorial!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: silk81 on November 22, 2006 03:48:01 AM
Thank you snoopynette. I'm really glad it worked!


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: puppybreath on December 20, 2008 10:48:52 PM
I used your slit pocket tutorial tonight for an apron i made my grandpa for christmas. Thanks for posting it.


Title: Re: My first Messenger Bag! *SLIT POCKET TUTORIAL on pg.3*
Post by: celticchrys on December 29, 2008 11:50:42 AM
Looks like you did a nice job.  I quite like the little cell phone pocket.