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« Reply #20 on: December 26, 2003 07:55:38 AM »

I recently made a messenger bag, with lots of ties sewn together to make the strap, but I ddin't line it. Is lining bags hard?

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« Reply #21 on: December 26, 2003 10:51:49 AM »

im not the best when it comes to sewing and even the space is not always there. has anyone ever used the iron on seam stuff to make bags? i really wanna make a messenger bag for school with some really thin canvas. would it work with canvas? any suggestions?

depending on how much you want to carry around in the bag, i don't think it would be strong enough.

hmm, having said that, you can buy extra strong types... personally i'd sew it.  Grin

I'm a big fan of using Stitch Witchery (the "iron-on stuff") to "set" the seam, then either sewing over/through the same Witched seams *or* just whip-stitching by hand a frew reinforcing stitches where the seem to be needed. On a thin canvas messenger bag, I'd personally Witch it then sew real seams with as thick a thread as your machine or your hand needle can stand.  This approach does take a bit longer, but a mess up on a Witched seam is a WHOLE LOT EASIER to fix than a mess up on a stiched seam.  I think this approach is waaay worth the extra time.   Wink

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« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2003 09:37:50 AM »

thanks for the tutorial leah! i just got a long-awaited sewing machine for christmas and made my first project yesterday according to your directions...the bag turned out great! i even showed it off to all my friends last night at a party....i'm such a craft nerd Smiley

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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2004 09:53:40 AM »

Here's the first messenger bag I made -- I designed it myself.  These pics are not good, but it's made of red dotted swiss w/red gingham for the lining.

My second one is the same pattern, but made out of black corduroy with a green & black print for the lining.  

This is a great purse!!! Do you have a pattern? How much fabric did it take?
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« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2004 10:55:17 AM »

You might try McCall's pattern 4323 or 2933, either which could be adapted with pockets on the outside of the flaps using the existing pocket patterns.

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According to the pattern, one needs 1 3/8 yard for purse and 5/8 yard for lining and 1 1/4 yard interfacing....
I generally try a pattern once, just to get the hang of things- like linings etc and then think of embellishments etc
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« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2004 05:20:05 PM »

I just recently finished my first messenger bag. I could barely get the detailing finished before my machine decided to crap out on me (it needs to be serviced, silly thing). Anyway, here are some pictures!

I'm going to do up a tutorial for this eventually since trying to describe it in just words is a little hard. If you're a visual person like me, you need photos too!

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« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2004 05:25:39 PM »

Nice work!
The shape of the flap is so striking!  I love that!

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« Reply #27 on: September 16, 2004 07:48:40 PM »

Ooo... cute and so '50's housewife. Love it!

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« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2005 08:56:41 PM »

very pretty! i love the material!
however i don't get it how you cut out squares of the material initially, but the end result is a rectangular-shaped bag! i want to make an A4 sized messenger tote bag, but i'm not sure what dimensions to use, could you suggest? thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: April 27, 2005 06:39:12 PM »

very pretty! i love the material!
however i don't get it how you cut out squares of the material initially, but the end result is a rectangular-shaped bag! i want to make an A4 sized messenger tote bag, but i'm not sure what dimensions to use, could you suggest? thanks! Smiley

2 pieces of your outside fabric 9 inches by 12 inches
2 pieces of linner fabric same diminsions
2 pieces of interfacing
now the flap-- i would cut it 10 inches by 9 inches- one outside fabric, one interfacing and one liner fabric

did this help at all enigma?

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