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Handsewn Messenger Bag

Added Dec 17, 2010

by pollygirl

Metro Manila, Ph...






My very first project! Entirely handsewn, since I don’t have a sewing machine. It’s based on the wonderful tutorial HERE—> http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2009/06/basic-messenger-bag.html

A lot of sloppy mistakes here, most of which have to do with crookedness (crooked stitching, cutting… sigh). And with all the revisions-slash-repetitions I had to do, it’s really as if I made two bags >_<"


1. Pinning the fabric in place saves a lot of time. I had to re-sew the pocket under the flap THREE TIMES just because I felt pinning it in place wouldn’t have made a difference. Boy, did I learn otherwise!

2. Marking the lines for the stitches that show through are a must. The fabric shops I knew of didn’t carry tailor’s chalk, but I’ll be sure to look around for some. It’s just too great that corduroy has a lot of lines in it, or I probably would never have finished this bag!

3. And finally, I’ve learned that sewing by hand is a really enjoyable activity— not that I have previous experience sewing with a machine to compare it with. But yes, I find the repetitiveness calming. (Although it does get tedious at times— especially when I had to rip off and re-sew certain parts due to sheer stubbornness—cross-reference Lessons Learned #1 and 2!)

But all in all, I’m happy enough with this bag, and actually used it for the first time today. It sure is great being able to make your own stuff! (^-^)

Material Notes

dark blue corduroy, some bright pink cloth (not sure what fabric it is exactly) and a 30-year-old blazer for the accent!




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Corduroy, Cotton

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    Apr 6, 2012, 11.09 AMby mimicat

    This is also nice…I like the fabrics you chose!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 05.26 PMby analogue

    Congratulations on making your first project, it looks great! I like what you did with the contrasting fabrics. I agree hand sewing can be very relaxing, the repetitiveness is quite meditative – and you seem really good at it as well.

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      Dec 17, 2010, 05.28 PMby pollygirl

      Thank you so much, it’s very kind of you. =) It took me two weeks to make this bag, and I really do have a lot to learn. Sewing is quite exciting!

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