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Topic: Military Shirt To Duffel/Messenger Bag Conversion **IMG HVY**  (Read 2444 times)
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« on: July 12, 2013 09:12:54 PM »

This is my first project to share here. I've already learned so much just looking at everyone's projects!

I converted my brother's old military shirt to a bag for his 1-year-old grandson. I made the lining gender neutral so anyone can feel comfortable using the bag. I already have requests from other family members to make a bag for them!

I didn't work from a pattern. I let the width of the shirt and the top pockets determine the size and proportions. I didn't think about making a complete tutorial, so most of the pics are of my finished bag.

Here is the finished bag:

I let the width of the original shirt dictate my bag size. The top pockets are the front of the bag and the bottom shirt pockets are the back of the bag:

Then I made the lining for the bag. I made slot pockets on inside of the bag but forgot to photograph them.

I used the button flaps on the shirt as zipper pull tabs.

On the front pockets I replaced the buttons with Velcro closures. On the back of the bag I left the bigger pockets with their original hidden button closures. I made both a shoulder strap and bag handles so you have a choice.

Here is a view of the top of the bag:

On the sides I used the sleeves to create elasticized water bottle holders.

By the time I finished cutting the shirt up for pieces I only had a small section of the collar left. This was my first shirt-to-bag" conversion. I didn't have a pattern - I just eye-balled it as I went along- - but I feel happy with the results.

Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with me!
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013 09:12:54 AM »

What a neat bag, I would wait until the lad grows up a bit then give it to him - you might not get a shirt like that again any time soon. Smiley

« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2013 08:23:59 AM »

Thanks for the kind words!

I think his Mom and Dad are using the bag for now, (they love it and just took it on a trip).

When my brother put his BDU's in the garage sale I grabbed four shirts so I have three left. I do plan on keeping one in a safe place for my great-nephew in it's original format and give him when he is older and can appreciate it. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2013 09:59:41 AM »

This is such a great bag!
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2013 01:04:47 PM »

This is really cool, and I mean awesome!  What a great way to use that "discarded" item with it's special memories attached.  I bet there are some cool stories about his grandpa's time in the military that the grandson would love to go with the bag.

Thanks for the idea!!!!
My father was in the air force long before I was born. He was stationed in Germany in the early 60's I think.  He wasn't active air force when he got married, but my mum did keep the stripes and buttons from his uniforms and they are in her button jar where they have never been used again.  As a child I would always pull them out and look at them.  My mom has been gone a few years now and my SIL isn't into sewing but that gives me an idea to ask my dad for those items and do something similar for my son.  They moved houses when my mom got sick so he hasn't gone through a lot of the stuff that got left in the old house yet.  He needed a house that didn't have stairs so he bought a "new" (brand spankin' new) house for her that took the place of the "dream" home they had been tinkering with for the last 20+ years. (Remodeling the house my grandmother was born in.)  This fall I will ask him for those item to make my son (maybe daughters) something with them for Christmas. 

What a super cool idea!  Thank You.....

May the stories of the memories be kept alive with the bag for generations to come.......

I make soap and other "cosmetics" as defined by the FDA and in my spare time I sew.... Sewing is therapy for me in dealing with life stresses and my chronic pain.  When I hurt and can't sew, I plan what I want to sew.  I also have a great husband, three kids and three fur kids.....
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