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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. 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. 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.


Feed sack messenger bag. Several months ago I bought some vintage feed sacks at an antique mall.

feed sack messenger bag

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?

Grocery Bag Stuff Sack

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! The finished size is about 5″ wide by 6″ tall by 4″ deep.

This week you could win a complete fat quarter pack of Spring Street by Carolyn Gavin, Crafting a Meaningful Home by Meg Mateo Ilasco or a $25 Gift Certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew! 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.

Book Clutch. Did you see this week’s Crafting with the Stars?

Book Clutch

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. 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!) Reversible Bag.


Leather Owl Bag. Simple Bag.