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Cut up an old skirt or dress, I find lots of lightweight denim dresses at the thrift shop. Pin one of the pocket panels that you just made onto this lightweight denim and cut out, repeat with other pocket panel. Stitch around all 4 sides. This will strengthen the bag and make it more durable. Place front and back of bag right sides together, pin. Sew sides and bottom of bag with 1/2" seam allowance.  To make the bag 3 dimensional, open up and flatten the side seam down, laying it against the bottom seam. Stitch across the corner. Repeat to the other side and clip corners.  Turn right side out. 
So Neat!
This is soooo perfect!! I just made this...<br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Checkpoint-Charlie-Hat/?&amp;sort=ACTIVE&amp;limit=40&amp;offset=40<br>And only used the sleeves for the project. Now I have a excellent idea for the rest. Thank you:)
The checkpoint Charlie hat is quite nice, I think it would look great with a matching Laptop bag! The bag takes most of the suit coat but a person could get 2 contrasting coats and make maybe the hatband and the side panels and handles of the bag out of the same coat and the rest of hat and bag out of the other one. I think that would be awesome!
Very nice work! I couldn't tell if you used both coat pockets, one on each side?
Yes, both pockets are used.
This is one of the best reuses I've seen. Such a neat idea - I've always loved the the look and feel of old suits and this is a great way to take advantage of that. :D
Thank you for the kind words. I made a couple of these with a long shoulder straps which looks nice too, but the strap is wider and sewn along the side seams. Before you begin cutting up the coat, figure out what pieces you're cutting from what sections. Almost nothing was left when I was finished.

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