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« on: March 31, 2004 06:09:51 PM »

This bag is loosely jordy based.  The main pieces (outside and inside) are one piece each, then there are the pockets and the strap.  So a minimal amount of piecing things together.  
http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/~domingm/craft_pics/messbag1.jpg The outside of the bag
http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/~domingm/craft_pics/messbag2.jpg The inside of the bag - look at all the pockets!
http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/~domingm/craft_pics/messbag3.jpg Check out the decorative stitching on the flap
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2004 06:46:19 PM »

Very kool!!! What type of fabric did you use???
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2004 08:59:35 AM »

The outside is an upholstry remnant (blue and grey herringbone) - very sturdy.  Because it is such a heavy fabric, I didn't have to use interfacing.  The lining is satin, soo nice to touch.

Oh, one key thing, I sewed down the sides once it was constructed to keep the lining in place.  
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2004 09:05:36 AM »

i love it!! great job. Wink
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2004 09:45:42 AM »

Looks great!  I really like the contrast in fabric textures between the lining and outside.  

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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2004 05:16:11 PM »

love it love it love it! Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2004 06:43:01 PM »

That's sooo nice and well made!  I just finished my first bag - a simple lined messenger bag, and I'd like to try something with more than one pocket Wink Yours is fantastic!  Sorry if I steal some of your techniques!

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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2004 04:29:09 PM »

Go ahead and steal away, that's why I posted it!
The hardest part about this bag was the cell phone pocket.  I attached it to the big pocket before I attached that to the bag (before I attached the lining).  But here's how you do a gusseted pocket like that:
first press the piece that will be the pocket: fold down a seam allowance on the all sides, then make another series of folds on the bottom and two sides for the depth of the pocket.  
then sew down the top seam allowance so that the pocket has a finished top edge.
now comes the tricky part:
place the pocket wrong side up, and upside down on the outside of the bag.
sew along the first fold from the bottom edge just between the innermost side folds
here's a little ascii diagram - the lines represent edges and folds you've ironed in. (drawing *really* not to scale)
|-|---|--------|----|-| <- the bottom edge
|-|---|--sew-|----|-| <-the first fold:sew between side folds
|-|---|--------|----|-| <-the second fold
| |    |          |     | |
-----------------------  <- the top edge (already hemmed)
Now fold the pocket up (now it is right side out and right side up).
Using the folds you ironed in, make the pocket like a little box - it should have a flat bottom, a front, two sides and two back pieces that go against the outside of the bag.  you may need to trim the excess fabric from the bottom inside corners so that it makes this box nicely.
Now topstitch along the side edges at the back of the box.
Voila! you are done!
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