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CARPETBAGGER. Featured: Turtle Tote by LIFEwithBIRD An exercise in stylish functionality by Aussie line LIFEwithBIRD. A roomy, oversized canvas carryall, it can seamlessly go from work to after-hours party to weekend getaway, all without missing a beat. Here is a similar carpetbag version easy to draft and make up for your daytripping. You will need: 1 ¾ yds. [1.5m] canvas or upholstery fabric, 54” [137 cm] wide1 heavy-duty zipper, 18” [46 cm] long1 ½ yds. [1.4 m] heavy webbing, 2” [50 mm] wideAll-purpose threadCardboardKraft paper DESIGN TIP: Match zipper colour with webbing strap colour. DIMENISONS: approx. 20” X 10” X 15” (51 cm X 25.5 cm X 38 cm) Add ½” [12mm] seam allowances to all pattern pieces. Cut 2 of each piece in fabric. Cut 2 straps from webbing – 26” long Cut a rectangle 20” X 10” in cardboard 1. 2. NOTE: A dome snap, Velcro® tab or zipper may be added to the patch pocket opening if desired. 3.

Center zipper FACE down along opening in seam. 5. 6. 7. Open zipper and turn out bag through opening. PUSH THE ENVELOPE. Featured: Messenger Bag by Ecolution Originally created for hard-working couriers, the classic Messenger Bag has been in circulation for several decades. Known for its long-lasting rugged durability and distinctive “envelope” styling, the classic Messenger has been adopted around the world as the everyday all-purpose carryall.

Make a simplified version for yourself in hemp, similar to the featured tote from eco-friendly, Ecolution. You will need: 1 ¼ yds. [1.2 m] of hemp or organic cotton canvas, 54″ [137 cm] wide.½ yd. [0.5 m] of cotton sateen lining, 54” [137 cm] wide1 ½ yds. [1.4 m] of fusible interfacing, 45″ [114 cm] wide.1 closed zipper, 12” long *1 buckle slider, 2” inner dia. *1 belt tip hardware, 2” wide *matching cotton threadgrid paper * Match zipper to colour/metal of hardware. BAG DIMENSIONS: approximately 4″ x 11.5″ x 14″. [10 cm x 29.5 cm x 35.5 cm] Scale: 1 square = 1 inch (25mm) Add seam allowances to all pattern pieces. Bag Body – cut 1X self; cut 1X fusible 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. MULTI-POCKET URBAN TOTE. “multi-pocket urban tote” Smart-looking yet functional in commuter bag designs. An urban carry-all with a variety of pocket compartments for wallet, cellphone and PC notebook makes it the perfect everyday tote.

Carry in your hand, on your shoulder or across your chest. Dimensions: 17″ high / 15″ wide / 2″ deep with a 42″ [1.1 m] adjustable shoulder strap and exterior pockets. [43cm X 38cm X 5 cm] Construction Method: Turned finish – this method may be recognized by noting the lack of machine-stitching that is visible at points of assembly on the exterior side of the bag.

Material Used: 100% Olefin sueded automotive upholstery, 54″ [137 cm] wide; trimmed with PVC leatherette vinyl, 60″ [152 cm] wide. You will need: Design Note: Coordinate metal colour and finishes for the zippers and hardware; do the same for dome snaps and rivets. This is a simple block design. ** Add seam allowances to all pattern pieces. Design Note: Use an x-acto knife and metal ruler to cut the leatherette neatly.


Feed sack messenger bag. Several months ago I bought some vintage feed sacks at an antique mall. I had no idea what I would do with them at the time. However, I always have faith that if I buy things I love, the inspiration will come. Here's how I made this feed sack messenger bag out of a feed sack, a leather belt, and some denim lining. First I cut the top off the feed sack to shorten the bag into the size I wanted for my messenger bag. Then I squared off the bottom corners by turning the sack inside out and folding into a point and measuring from the point.

I drew a line across and sewed along the line. Then I cut off the excess fabric. I sewed a lining by cutting two rectangles of light denim to match the size of my bag (taking into account the needed seam allowances. To create the flap I cut a rectangle from the remaining feed sack material and a matching rectangle from the lining material. Sew the open edge of the flap to the back of the feed sack bag with right sides facing and a quarter inch seam allowance.

Leica Camera Bag. Guitar Shaped Bag. How To Make An Interchangeable Messenger Bag. How To Create Interchangeable Skins For Messenger Bags. Grocery Bag Stuff Sack. Are you planning a car trip this summer? Do you need extra bags in the car for wet beach clothes or after-picnic recyclables? Erin from Dog Under My Desk joins us today with a fun + free PDF tutorial for you to download. Print out instructions for a Grocery Bag Stuff Sack, get to work and pretty soon you’ll always have handy, extra bags in the car! Learn more about Erin in her introduction, and take a look at Erin’s shop for more of Erin’s designs and patterns. Erin writes, “I’ve been on a bit of an appliqué kick lately, so I thought this little grocery bag stuff sack would be really cute for keeping extra grocery bags handy to recycle as trash bags for the car! If you skip the appliqué, this bag would be great to hold small toys for the kids on road trips or even a ball of yarn!”

The finished size is about 5″ wide by 6″ tall by 4″ deep. » Sewing Tutorials + Patterns » Summer Sewing ~ Grocery Bag Stuff... Bags, Gifts, Pets, Summer « Introducing ~ Erin Introducing ~ Mary » THE WEEKENDER. Featured: Lex Trip Bag So this weekend will have you jetting off to the coast for sun & surf? For a weekend excursion you need a quick trip bag. Forget the luggage (too bulky); you need a versatile tote made specifically to carry all your belongings from wallet to swimtrunks for a quick weekend getaway. Here is a fun choice in a cotton waxcloth outer with leatherette base and trim, perfect for the do-it-yourselfer, similar to the Lex Trip Bag from PROPERTY OF.

Dimensions: approximately 18″ x 8 x 17″ [45cm x 20.5cm x 43cm]. You will need: 6 pop rivets1 metal slider, 2″ dia [50mm]2 latch hooks, 1″dia [25mm]2 d-rings, 1″dia [25mm]1 square ring, 2″ dia [50mm]2 dome snap set, 5/8″ dia [15mm]1 heavy metal zipper, 25″ [64cm] long *1-2/3 yds. [1.5m] of nylon webbing, 2″ [50mm] wideheavy-duty thread1 yd. [0.9 m] of upholstery weight fabric, 54″ [137 cm] wide1/3 yd [0.25 m] of polyurethane leatherette, 39″ [100 cm] wide 1 square = 1 inch [2.5 cm] Bag – cut 1X on fold Pocket- cut 2X Struts – cut 4X. Book Clutch. Did you see this week’s Crafting with the Stars? We got third place- and we’re moving on to round 2! Yikes! My project was the book clutch…this is the post:A little vintage book… upon further review is actually a clever clutch. This upcycled clutch is sure to be a conversation starter wherever you go. Made from a vintage book and old bag found at the thrift store melded together to create this little gem of a purse.

When your activity doesn’t command a large bag, just stash your cell phone, keys and cash in this little clutch. Pair it with a ruffley blouse and some skinny jeans and you’re rockin’ the librarian chic look. (Plus you’re husband won’t feel too awkward when you ask him to hold it!) Smart and fashionable. Did you vote for us? How to make a book clutch:Scour every thrift store for purses with metal frames and a books about the same size. Gut your book: (This is where I stopped taking pictures, sorry!)

Now it’s off to make the project for round 2: Decoupage. Reversible Bag.


Leather Owl Bag. Simple Bag.