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« on: October 15, 2008 09:49:16 PM »

I needed a bag for school and decided to make this from some clearance denim I bought about a year and a half ago when the Hancock Fabrics Store was closing down the street.

I originally wasn't too keen on using denim since I think sometimes you risk looking kinda cheesy...do you know what I mean?
Anyway, I decided with a really cool stencil I could avoid that, plus the denim is nice and strong to carry around my heavy math textbooks. I love how it turned out, it's the perfect size for all my school junk, but also not breaking my shoulder which is nice.  Wink

Here are a few pics...

All packed up and off to school.  Grin

Close Up of the Stencil


I wanted to make this quickly, so I just went for super simple, no clasps or anything. I did add a few pen/pencil caddies, plus a little pocket for keys, phone and calculator.

K, this was a nightmare. I had made the srap and got everything done and decided that for the weight of my load, the strap was waayy too long. I went ahead and chopped the strap right in the middle and ended up doubling (technically quadrupling) the fabric and sewing it directly at the top. I'm actually pretty pleased with how it worked out because now it is SUPER sturdy and it gives my shoulder a bit of padding too!

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2008 10:40:16 PM »

It looks great! And I love the stencil you chose, did you make it yourself? Or did you find it online?

« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2008 04:28:50 AM »

I really like it!  Normally denim bags weird me out too, but I think the simple style of your bag makes it look good.

« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2008 05:12:20 AM »

Great bag!  You did a great job too!  I especially love the way you did the handle....I never thought of that!  The extra padding sounds like a good idea for those heavy loads!  Good luck with classes!

Thanks for sharing & enjoy using the bag!
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2008 08:06:32 AM »

Your bag looks great!  I love the contrast stitching.

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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2008 06:33:57 PM »

thanks for your comments everyone! i made the stencil myself. i found a vector image of a camera that was just balck and white. i printed it up on paper and then taped the paper behind a piece of transparency paper (like teachers use) and cut it out using an exacto-knife. i like doing it that way because it's reusable. also, i used some fabric spray paint i bought at joann's.
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