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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / plain denim messenger bag beautifying? on: February 03, 2012 07:23:04 PM
Ok so the culprit is a plain messenger bag, with nothing on it...

Looks sorta like this:

And it really needs something... as you can see!This is NOT my bag, its just an example of mine, they look very similar, exept mine is made from a darker denim. As well as mine being unfinished, due to me holding back in case there is a pattern I could incorporate into it, which requires it to be unfinished to do... so iv left that option open... I was thinking of doing some embroidery like this:
Somewhere on the front... problem is i don't know where to buy pre made embroidery, or how to embroider, so any advice on that would be so useful!

I desperately need help on how to make this bag funkier and exiting!!

Anything will be useful thanks soo much!!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Strap= Stressful.... on: February 03, 2012 09:34:02 AM
Okay, so I am making a messenger bag out of denim with the dimensions being 18"long, 15" high, and 9"thick and its all working out fine, and looks quite good.....
BUT i haven't figured out how to 1. reinforce and 2. make the strap, as well as make it look nice. the last messenger bag i had, had a 2" strap out of denim, doubled up, but it broke at the seam connecting it to the bag!  Shocked so when i fixed it, i made it wider by 1/2 an inch and it still tore... I use my bag for lugging heavy books and binders(school bag)... and i have some questions about the straps! Huh

1. is there a special way to attach the straps?
2.How thick and strong does it have to be? (but not too bulky)or a way to reinforce it?
3. is there a way to make the strap fit better, i put it across my chest not my shoulder, so it diggs in.... is there a way to stop that?

And any other helpful advice on how to make the strap less bland looking, or anything about the strap would be GREATLY appriciated!!! Grin

Thanks soooo much!
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