Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A4 Envelope Sized Flat Handbag (Satchel)!

Merry Christmas! Hope you're having an enjoyable time with your family and friends.


Please excuse the really bad quality of the photo!! 

The dark blue background level are pockets. The straps separate and make 3 pockets. Goes around the bag so that makes it 6 external pockets! 2 internal pockets. I LOVE POCKETS!! 

The bag is a big A4 sized envelope to hold documents and stuff.

This was initially made for my mum for Xmas but because it's not up to MY standards, I'm keeping it for myself and will make her a better bag! 

Enjoy and be safe!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Reversible messenger bag!

Here's my 2nd project that I stayed up till 3.30am to finish on Sunday morning!

It's a reversible messenger bag for my work's Kris Kringle. Hope she likes it!

I can provide the measurements but I didn't take photos of the process of making it. I took photos of the finished product tho! :D I adapted the pattern from No time to sew: Messenger Bag Tutorial and simplified it for myself.

2 sets (Coordinating fabric - For the main body and lining):
  • 2 of 15" x 10.5" (Main)
  • 1 of 12" x 10" (Flap)
  • 2 of 7.5" x 10" (Lined pocket)
  • 1 of 44"-45" (Strap)
Inbetween the main and lining, I used quilt batting to 'soften' the bag instead of fusible interfacing. I thought I'd just give the quilt batting idea a try because I've never sewn with quilt batting before:
  • 2 of 15" x 10.5" (Body)
  • 1 of 12" x 10" (Flap)
I ended up forgetting to sew one of the pockets to the main/outside fabric. I finished sewing up the main side before attaching the pocket. So I sew the 7.5" x 10" pocket and split into 2 pockets in the middle, to the inside lining. Also personal choice with the number of pockets and where to put them!

The finished messenger bag measurements: 
  • Flap: 11" x 9"
  • Bag: 14.5" x 8" x 3.5"
  • Strap: 1 3/4" x 44"

Enjoy!! :o)