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Topic: Crochet Messenger bag-Inspiration vs. perspiration  (Read 4738 times)
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« on: January 07, 2013 03:59:28 AM »

I saw this messenger bag on pinterest but when I clicked the link it was broken.  Bummer, right?  So I thought "that looks easy enough" and I'm a fairly smart cookie so I set out to figure it out.
This was my offering:

This was the original pinterest inspiration (Pinspiration, if you will)

It looked easy enough, so I made 12 granny squares using this AMAZING tutorial http://rensfibreart.wordpress.com/2patterns-2/the-humble-granny-square/
and changing the color every row and working four rows.

Then I attached them together in 2 sections, the inside portion in a 2X2 section and the back flap/front flap section in a 2X4 pattern.

Then I double crocheted around the conjoined pieces, then I single crocheted around it changing colors for the single crochet.
When I started crocheting the gusset and shoulder strap in one long piece I attached it as I went to the back loop only of the inside piece working down one edge, along the bottom then up the other edge.  When I got the the corner I kept on crocheting chains until the should strap was to my desired length.  I then reattached the chain to the staring stitch and switched colors.  I crocheted 3 more rows working single crochets all around the inner panel.
When I got the last row I started attaching my stitches to the back flap/front flap panel in the same fashion crocheting through the should strap and the back loop of that panel. 
Then I attached a button and bid it a fond goodnight.
I think for "winging it" I did pretty well.

« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2013 09:35:00 AM »

It's been days and I keep on coming back to this post! Your bag is just gorgeous, and I really, really want one Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2013 02:15:45 AM »

I'm totally pinning this! it's so amazingly gorgeous. beautiful really!

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2013 01:22:32 PM »

Oh, how did I miss this? This is awesome. I love the colors you chose. Great execution!

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013 12:40:12 PM »

That's a great bag! and well explained! Thank you for the tutorial! I'm very tempted to make one now!
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