With out further ado..."The $7 Messenger Bag!!!"
Step 1: Dream Then Doodle
If you are making this exact bag you don't have to dream or doodle you can just take a look at the image of my design. Starting from the top of the drawing then going from left to right we have the pieces. Strap, Front, Right Side, Bottom, Left Side, Right Side Pocket, Back and Fold Over Flap, Left Side Pocket, Back For Paper Pouch. I added an 1/2 inch(1.27cm) seam allowance when working on the bag so I increased all the the measurements show in the design doodle by 1 inch(2.54 cm). If you skip that part your bag will just end up a bit smaller not the end of the world.
Well now that I knew what I wanted to make it was time to get stared.
Step 2: Amass Raw Materials and Tools
•1 yard(.9144m) upholstery fabric(you can use any fabric you like but you may need more)
•Thread* (Black is what I had on hand so black is what I used)
Tools (I made it at the techshop which had all the tools on hand)
•L Ruler Thing* (I can never remember it's name)
•Seam Ripper* (hopefully not but mistakes happen)
•Pen or other fabric marking implement*
•Notebook (preferably with a doodle on front)
Laser Cutter for fabric etching*
*not show in the picture
Step 3: Measure and Cut
*I had forgoten to cut out the bottom piece.
Step 4: Ironing your pieces
Step 5: Time to get sewing
Then to thread the sewing machine I just followed the diagram printed on the machine.
Once it was all threaded it was time to sew.
Step 6: Staking your Side peices and sewing
2.Right side with pattern facing you
3.Right side pocket with pattern facing you
4. Front panel with pattern facing the table
when you sew them together the seam will function like a hinge with the pattern facing the same direction on both the sides and front panel.
I sewed the stack I just made together. I used a straight stitch but you could use any stitch you like.
Once I had had sewn the Right sides to the front panel I did the same with the Left side pieces.
Then it was time to stack the Back Panels and sew them together.
2. Fold over panel with pattern facing you
3. Back panel with pattern facing you
4. Side pocket with pattern facing the table
5. Side panel
Once I had done this I had what looked like an inside out messenger bag that was missing the bottom.
This is when I realized I was missing the top hems and a bottom of the bag.
Step 7: (Optional Step)Take a break and play with lasers
The engraving looked great but if it gets washed almost all the awesome color goes away so maybe I need to spray whit bag with scotch guard or something after it is etched to protect the design. On the other hand I could probably do some bleach silk screening and achieve a similar look, but there would be no lasers so it would not be as fun. I will let you know what solution works best once I figure it out. Feel free to let me know if you have any ideas.
Step 8: Laser time is over back to work
Step 9: Pen Holder
I took a random scrap piece of fabric about 7 inches(17.8cm) wide by 5 inches(12.7cm) tall. I sewed a 1/2 inch (1.27cm) hem around all the edges. I then placed the patch on my bag where I thought a pen holder should go. After that I sewed down the left side of the fabric. To make the pen pockets I got my marking pen out and placed it under the fabric like it would be in a pen holder. Then with the pen in place I sewed down the pen holder fabric alongside of the pen. I repeated this step till I was out of pen holder fabric. I ended up being able to hold 5 pens which is 2 more than my last bag could hold.
Step 10: The Strap!
I took the piece of fabric I had cut for the strap and folded it in half.(If you have a pattern you want the pattern facing in. We are going to turn it right side out later.) I then ironed the fold to get a good crease. Next I sewed along the edge of the fabric that is not creased making a tube of the fabric. Finally I turned it right side out.
I did this last step starting at one and and inserting my finger into the tube and slowly feeding the fabric out. It took me 20 minutes so there has got to be a quicker way. I think if I had a piece of pvc pipe I could have used to sleeve the fabric over it would have worked better.
Once it was right side out I ironed it flat.
Step 11: Attach the strap to your bag
Step 12: Enjoy your bag
If you are interested in the techshop you can check them out at techshop.ws.