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« Reply #230 on: August 17, 2006 04:33:34 PM »

Thanks so much for this tute, btw. But before I start, I have a couple questions..... Roll Eyes if they can be answered by anyone.

Okay, so when you sew the straps, you're sewing in a lining, and then folding it in half so that it's not visible? please correct me if I'm wrong, but that seems a little strange. Would it work better to have two strips of fabric, sew down the edges (so theere are not raw edges) then sew them together on top or next to the seams you just made? I'm just trying to figure out the strongest way, cuz I'm trying to make a schoolbag, and I have visions of it collapsing in the middle of the walk home....

Also, when you sew the straps on, you're sewing them onto the outside, so they're like.... folding over on themselves as they go up. Okay that sounded completely incoherent even to me. Could you sew them onto the inside instead?

It's so awesome seeing all the bags people have made....v. beautiful.
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« Reply #231 on: August 25, 2006 06:27:32 AM »

that's an awesome tutorial!!  I've never made one, so I'm going to have to try it

« Reply #232 on: December 12, 2006 12:51:08 PM »

Does anyone know if I need to put interfacing on the strap?  I've got everything I need to make myself a bag except I don't have enough interfacing.  I want my bag to be sturdy, though both fabrics I'm using for the exterior and the lining are somewhat strong (one a velveteen, the other a home decor fabric).  Having never made a bag other than a felt tote before, I don't know if the strap body itself needs to be that sturdy, kwim?

I am SO happy to have found this tutorial - I have been wanting to make myself a messenger bag for years, but never really took action until now. 
« Reply #233 on: December 12, 2006 10:56:39 PM »

I found this tutorial on a different site and I use it allllll the time! I loooooove it!!
« Reply #234 on: December 14, 2006 07:25:16 AM »

Does anyone know if I need to put interfacing on the strap? 

Are you sewing a strap from the fabric you have? I would probably use interfacing just so you have some extra strength because it would be unfortunate to have a weak strap with an awesome bag. Maybe you could use fabric as your interfacing instead?
« Reply #235 on: December 19, 2006 09:00:12 PM »

Are you sewing a strap from the fabric you have?

Thanks!  I ended up waiting to make the bag until I bought more interfacing.  I'm glad I waited because I think without the interfacing, the strap would have been too soft and flimsy now.
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« Reply #236 on: December 20, 2006 07:27:56 PM »

This is a wonderful tutorial. Very easy to follow and the size of the bag is just perfect. Thank you for sharing it with us.  Smiley

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« Reply #237 on: January 08, 2007 09:54:32 PM »

Excuse the poor cell phone pictures, but my camera charger is MIA. This thing took me two whole days to make, but it was totally worth it. Probably cost me about $10 total. The leopard fabric was on clearance!


« Reply #238 on: January 10, 2007 08:54:37 AM »

oh my goodness, thank you for the tutorial!

I always have had difficulty with messengers.
super cute!

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« Reply #239 on: January 28, 2007 05:15:31 PM »

This Tutoral has possibly saved me!  I had tried to make a backpack purse, but I hated how it was comming out.  But now thanks to your tutorial I realize I can easily convert it to a messenger tote - which will just as easily suit my needs (a purse that won't get in the way with a squirmy toddler).

Now I am excited again about the purse that was nearly complete anyhow!  Woohoo!  A few minor ajustments and it will be a cool messenger bag!    Smiley
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