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aalore
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Date: 2/4/06 1:56 PM

Hello, I want to make a mesenger bag to carry around all of my stuff. I was wondering if someone could give me some help on how to sew it up. I've seen some ones on ebay that I really like, but would like to make it myself. So anyone willing to help a newbie please respond! Thanks.

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Date: 2/4/06 2:03 PM

aalore:

You might take a look at the free downloadable program from Wild Ginger called Wild Things (www.wildginger.com). This program lets you design and print (on your home printer) patterns for a variety of things such as bags, hats, wraps, etc. I'm not sure what you want your bag to look like or if there is a selection that will appeal to you on Wild Things but it's worth a look. If you can be more specific on the design you like or post a link to a picture you might get some other suggestions.

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Date: 2/4/06 2:26 PM

I made two messenger bags over the summer. They are from (my favorite designer) Amy Butler. You can get more info here.
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Date: 2/4/06 2:39 PM

Draw a picture of what you want and draft the pattern yourself -- you can do it. Look at some completed bags and figure out what strap arrangement you want, and take some measurements.

Determine your finished size and depth; draft a front panel equal to finsihed HxW; the back will be the same as the front, plus the overlap and the depth of the finished bag. The sides/bottom piece can be cut in one continuous length equal to 2x the height width of the finished bag....width of the piece should be the depth of your finished bag. Remember to add seam allowance to each piece and to clip the seam allowances on the size/bottom piece as you approach each corner.

You will probably want to the line the bag and you can add internal pockets to the lining -- buttons, zippers and velcro to close the pockets if necessary. Good luck.

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Date: 2/4/06 2:48 PM

Thanks for the quick responses I'll try them first and see how it goes.

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Date: 2/4/06 3:52 PM

Look at crafster.org. A while back I looked on there and there were free instructions and many examples. Don't remember how long ago, but I would think you could still find them.



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Date: 2/4/06 4:22 PM

I made the Amy Butler messenger bag for my oldest DGD. She was entering her second year of college at the time. I asked her how she likes it and she said she likes it for spring and summer but not winter; don't remember why. I made it out of home dec fabric from Jo-Ann's and embroidered her name on the inside (lining) of the bag. I have pictures but don't know how to post them. I recommend this pattern. It is easy to make and pretty fast as well.

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Date: 2/4/06 6:04 PM

I've made Butterick 4147. I never posted a review, but it was very easy. It's a larger (15 inch x13 inch) messenger bag but is pretty simple to resize.

Ooh, I just found a couple of free patterns on the web that look pretty good:

Messenger Bag at Sew Young, Sew Fun

MB from a blog(a bit more complicated, but inspirational)

MB from Savvy Seams

Yet another MB

MB with Gusset from Craftster.org

Hope these help!

mary i

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Date: 2/5/06 1:08 PM

This is all soooo helpful!

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