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how to make messenger bags with adjustable straps. [img hea

Postby tague on Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:23 pm

get out your fabric for the outside. i get mine pre-cut into half yard widths because that's the width i prefer to use with this type of bag.
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turn your fabric upside and fold the bottom a little over halfway up.
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fold the top down so that it overlaps the bottom a little bit.
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fold down the edges about an inch on either side. and pin the sides down.
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then sew a square all the way around the outside. DO NOT sew the flap up. because you need to turn it right side out.
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turn the bag right side out.
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set that aside and start working on the strap. you'll need two d-rings or rectangular ring things and a strap adjuster . if you can't find a strap adjuster, a belt buckle with the little thing taken off. that's what i had to do.
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take one end of your strap and feed it through the center part of your adjuster or buckle and pin it.
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then slide one d-ring over the strap.
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feed the end of the strap back up through the top of the adjuster.
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then put the end through the other d-ring. find the length you want and and then pin it. after that, heat up some scissors. i used the stove to do this.
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the scissors need to be hot to melt the nylon strap a little so it doesn't fray. you will also need two more small strips of nylon to hold the d-rings to the bag. if you loop them through the ring before you cut the ends with your heated scissors.
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cut all the ends of your straps slowly to ensure that they melt.

then measure out your lining and sew it.
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then fold the top of your lining outward and drop it into your bag.
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pin your strap attachers to the sides of your bag in between the lining and the outside. then start sewing at one of the straps. backstitch all the way across it at least twice to make sure it's secure.
and sew all the way around repeating the double backstitching at the other strap.
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now, sew across where the top flap is still open.

then sew the strap in the two places you have it pinned. i backstitched twice there too.

then trim off all excess threads.

and you have a messenger bag complete with adjustable strap.
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i'm adding velcro and a few decorative buttons to this one before i give it to my roommate for her birthday.
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Postby _hellkat on Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:25 pm

this is an awesome tutorial. i'm definitely gonna try this tonight! thanks for posting :D
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Postby Chaosbean on Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:05 pm

tague, thats awesome as usual.
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Postby mollypop on Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:22 am

Sweeeeet I'm so excited to try this
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Postby pogmothoine on Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:41 am

this is great. i hope i can actually do this.
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Postby dirtyrottenlove on Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:39 am

wow dude, I suck at adding liners. awesome job :smt023
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Postby gemma_mct on Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:50 am

great tutorial! definately one i will have to try! just want to say i love the fabric that you used.
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Postby dorkykittygrrl on Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:09 pm

thank you for posting this, it looks very easy to do!
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Postby CaterpillarGirl on Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:24 pm

This is awesome, thanks! I agree, it looks easy :-D
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Postby adictedtolove77 on Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:26 pm

I can't wait til you get all settled in, so we can get together and craft.
I'm making myself a new bag later tonight.
I've been looking for one to hold all my shit when i go to florida.
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Postby tague on Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:22 pm

adictedtolove77 wrote:I can't wait til you get all settled in, so we can get together and craft.
I'm making myself a new bag later tonight.
I've been looking for one to hold all my shit when i go to florida.


i might be ready as soon as like thursday or friday. i move in tomorrow and i go do things like buy a bed and shelves and stuff. i should have all my stuffs put away by thursday. then i have projects galore. i'll see if ehryn wants to have a craft/slumber party.
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Postby bsquared on Sun Aug 05, 2007 12:54 pm

I needed something like this soo bad. I'm excited. I hope I'm not too handicapped to try it and you know, do a good job ha
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Postby casualty on Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:08 pm

okay
i look at this
and im actually really confused
about the beginning part with the folding
and adding the lining
but i think i can figure it out someday
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Postby CretHAN Hop@aol.com on Sun Oct 07, 2007 11:38 pm

im gonna have to try this. i made my friend a purse with the same fabric!
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Postby HaileyEdge on Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:22 pm

i really swoon this tut.
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