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« 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!!

« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2012 11:16:09 AM »

You could add ruffles or rhinestones to spice it up.  I have taken fabric to a shop that does embroidery (on shirts and such) and had them do the embroidery for me.  Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2012 06:59:27 AM »

What about applique?  Can you add flowers or something else to the flap?
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012 04:37:18 AM »

You could go nuts on the sewing machine on the flap and handle = use different colored threads and sew across with every "fancy stitch" your machine has. Even if you only have zig-zag, it could look pretty cool.

If you have a bunch of spare buttons, you could cover part or the whole flap with buttons.

Fabric flowers.

Cut out small patches, fray the sides, and sew on the flap.

Sew small button holes in the flap and weave string or ribbon through. You can also just put holes along the bottom of the flap and knot some "fringe" through them.


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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012 11:10:23 PM »

Hmm. You could go to Goodreads.com/quotes, find some quotes you like, and print them with marker (or pencil), then go over it with craft paint.

Or, for a more personal touch, get your friends to write greetings in felt-peen, and go over these with craft paint.

Draw, or download a picture on Photo fabric, then either sew it on, Orr use fusible web and iron it on. Draw an outline of something you have interest in, and sew it on. (A simple outline: butterflies, fish, bears, cars, trucks, motorcycles, buildings, sewing machines, or whatever-have-you.)

Figure out what '"your colours" are, and spatter it with them. (My daughter's "colours" are neon pink & Lime green  Tongue)  Th't might not work so well, but it's an idea.

Good luck.

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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2012 08:20:50 AM »

This might be too late, but I have done applique cutouts, fused them, and zig zagged the edges for extra insurance and they've come out really nice. Take a look at this pic of a bag I made for my daughter - the trick is to leave about a 1/8" border between the image and your cut (that way, you don't have to be so precise in your cuts):

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