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Topic: messenger bag w. adjustable strap tute  (Read 43503 times)
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« on: July 28, 2007 02:57:01 PM »

hey all,

my boyfriend not-so-recently lost his man-purse, and i've been planning a replacement for a while. i recently found some ultra-cheap landscape fabric (my new love ... yum!) and it motivated me to get moving.

here's the finished bag, with landscape lining:

it's about the size of a folded newspaper, with an outside pocket for pens and inside pockets for stuff. (i'm thinking of adding an elastic strap for almost-empty coffee sippy mugs, because they always seem to leak everywhere when they run loose.) there are two buttons so it can be closed empty or full.

i looked on craftster for a while for info on how to make adjustable straps, and didn't find much, so i'm attempting a photo-less tutorial here. this is not going to be a fantastic how-to, but you might pull it off! my advice ... use a bra strap as a model. it seems mysterious, but becomes immediately apparent once you see it.

you need a D-ring (or plain old circular jumpring) and a square ring with a middle bar (like a buckle). the size of the square ring depends on the size of the strap. you need two widths of strap to fit through the square snugly, yet allow some movement.

one end of the strap should be fixed to the bag. (i prefer this end in the front.) attach the D-ring on the other side. grab the loose end of the strap and thread the square ring onto the strap, with the strap going over the middle bar. next, thread the strap over and through the D-ring. (in other words, past the body of the bag and back through toward the inside of the bag). pull the strap up toward the D-ring. fold the loose end of strap over the middle bar, and pin in place. now's a great time to play with the strap length. decide on the maximum/minimum distance you want the bag to hang, and pull through the correct amount of loose strap before trimming and sewing.

adjustable strap detail (front):

adjustable strap detail (back):
« Last Edit: January 27, 2010 10:53:31 AM by rackycoo - Reason: to fix images » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2007 03:15:23 PM »

So cool! I need to make something like this... I love the landscape fabric so much!
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2007 05:50:41 PM »

i've been thinking about an adjustable strap but have just been too darn lazy to try and work to figure it out.  your bag and tutorial are great.

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2007 09:10:12 PM »

This looks great! I think I like the idea of the elastic to hold those almost empty cups upright. The landscape fabric is very nice indeed.

« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2007 09:14:49 PM »

(i'm thinking of adding an elastic strap for almost-empty coffee sippy mugs, because they always seem to leak everywhere when they run loose.)

that is such a good idea! i think i ruined one of my bags when a coffee cup that was completely empty magically had three huge drips left leaked. i didn't notice it for about a week and the stain won't budge now Sad

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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2007 06:58:10 PM »

yeah, i have no idea what it is with those cups, but as soon as they're set loose in your bag, they seem to magically produce more coffee. i'm definitely going to add a little holder.

i think i might start collecting landscape fabric for a quilt! there's something about it that i really, really like ... even the cheesy stuff ... and especially when there are animals!

anyway, thanks for the compliments!
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2007 09:27:39 PM »

Thanks so much for posting the adjustable strap how-to, I've been looking everywhere for one.  Awesome bag too!  Great job, and I love the landscape fabric as well!
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2007 11:33:14 AM »

I love messenger bags and this one tops the list, it's freaking awesome! I really like the two buttons too, I wouldn't have thought of that.

« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2007 06:02:07 PM »

I really like the style of the bag, could you possible post a tut for how you made it?
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2007 05:33:57 PM »

I really like the style of the bag, could you possible post a tut for how you made it?

i pretty much assembled it piece-by-piece, using a lot of notes to keep my measurements straight.

for the main body i cut one long piece, then sewed the end to make a tube. then i sewed the bottom onto that. i did this for the lining and outside, then made a flap which i stuck in at the end. the hardest part of making a lined bag, for me, is figuring out which sides go together while sewing together the inside and outside, because you do it all inside-out, and i get so turned around.

in appearance, it's basically a jordy bag, modified to add a flap, and that's a far better tutorial!
« Last Edit: August 29, 2007 05:42:35 PM by jennybean » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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