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bag tote messenger painting embroidery sew dots gold ribbon black square

Here's my messenger bag I've made!

I've bought the embroidery of women on the countryside in the recycle shop(I was very lucky that day, it costed me 7 dollars/5 euros with the gold frame)

I cut the shoulder strap out of an old sportbag, the two zippers as well.

I've used interlining for the bag, cos I'm going to use this bag for school(heavy books, yousee).

I'm very happy with the result, it is exactly how I wanted it to become.
Here's a howto, so you can make it as well.

Enjoy -hard work, but its worth it!

If you have any questions 'bout the howto, ask me!



  1. Step 1 1

    The begining:

    Here are some tools I used
    Pins, a fabric scissor, sewing machine, pencils, etc.

    < There's the fabric
    Blue&yellow dots for the inside and Black for the outside.

    And the interlining, but I believe you know what it looks like.

  2. Step 2 2

    And here's the painting
    with the size.

  3. Step 3 3

    Cut 2 square pieces out of the black fabric. Make the size about 40x40cm(16x16 inch).
    Then draw a square on the two pieces of fabric, about 35x35 cm(14x14inch). Draw the bottomsides round with a triangle, like in the picture

  4. Step 4 4

    Like this

    Don't forget: Cut this shape twice!

  5. Step 5 5

    Then cut the same shape out of the interlining twice. Iron the interlining on the wrong side of the black fabric.

    The right interlining is ironed and the left one is not attached yet.

  6. Step 6 6

    Now cut 2 pieces of the dot-fabric in the same shape as the black fabric and the interlining
    (40x40 cm/16x16inch)

    This fabric will become the lining of the bag.

  7. Step 7 7

    Now you make the zipper-bag in the dot-fabric.

    My howto:

  8. Step 8 8

    If you like, you can make a zipper in the black fabric too(the inside of the zipper-bag is dot-fabric :D)

    Check the howto:

  9. Step 9 9

    Then you sew the upperside of the 2 pieces of dot-fabric(take a blue-coloured thread, cos if you use black you'll see all the little mistakes you've made with the sewing machine)

    Right is my 4hour snack(snack bits crisps), didn't know I photographed it)

  10. Step 10 10

    Now we are going to make the flap of the bag. Cut the embroidery(or something else you like)the same shape as the piece of fabric in step 4(except from the 2 triangles)

    Cut a piece of interlining in the same shape and size.

  11. Step 11 11

    Now iron the interlining on the other side of the embroidery-painting. It takes a while to iron this, cos the wrong side of the painting is a little chaotic.

  12. Step 12 12

    Cut a piece of the dot-fabric in the same shape we use the whole time, but then a little bit bigger than the painting.
    (4cm/1.5inch on each side)

  13. Step 13 13

    Stitch the piece of dot-fabric(you just cutted) on the painting.
    Use blue and beige thread in the sewing machine so you won't see the thread that much.

    Iron this if you want to

  14. Step 14 14

    Now pin the dot-fabric on the good side of the fabric.

    If you look at step 15, you see how I pinned it. Fold the dot-fabric twice, so it looks really neat.

  15. Step 15 15

    Like this

    Then stitch this with blue thread.

    (Be carefull with the sewing machine, you have to stitch trough a lot of fabrics now: the painting, 3 times the dot-fabric and the interlining)

  16. Step 16 16

    Cos the dot-fabric frame is probably a little disordely, you can stitch a gold ribbon on it.

    (by hand, use a strong thick needle for this)

    Then the flap of the bag is finished!

  17. Step 17 17

    This is an extra accesoire:
    Cut 3 circles out of some the fabric that's left from the painting. Stitch them above in the right corner.

  18. Step 18 18

    Now stitch the gold ribbon on it like this

    (can try the sewing machine, if the fabric's the thick, stitch by hand)

  19. Step 19 19

    I also made an accesoire for the zipper.
    I've made this the same as the circles in step 18, but after that, cut the circles out and stitch a gold ribbon on it for the zipper.

  20. Step 20 20

    Now stitch the triangles you've drawn on the black fabric.

    Check step 21 to see details

  21. Step 21 21

    That's what it looks like. If you stitch this the fabric gets volume.

    Stitch two triangles on each piece of black fabric. Eventually you've stitched 4 triangles.

  22. Step 22 22

    Now pin the dot-fabric for the inside to each other(and pin the triangles).

  23. Step 23 23

    Cut two small pieces of interlining and iron these on the dot-fabric,
    in the middle
    (on the wrong side of the fabric ffcourse)

    That's where the magnetic button's going te be.

  24. Step 24 24

    Voila! There's the magnetic button.
    The wrapping of the button tells you how to attach the button.

  25. Step 25 25

    Pin the two black sides to each other, like you did with the dot-fabric. Then fold it inside out. Now you can see if the dot-fabric fits in the black bag.
    If it doesn't, pin it another way.

    Now fold the black bag inside out again, so you can stitch it. You can stitch it more than once, so it's stronger.

    Fold and pin the upper sides of the black fabric like in the picture
    Then stitch this

  26. Step 26 26

    Cut two small pieces of black fabric

    [ ]
    [ ] 6cm/2inch
    [ ]
    [ ]

    And stitch these on the sides of the black fabric

    !Look at step 27 and 28 for details!

  27. Step 27 27

    This is the bag inside out, so you can see the interlining.

    Stitch the piece of black fabric on the wrong side of the bag, exactly in the middle.

  28. Step 28 28

    Now stitch the piece of fabric double, with the ring of the shoulder strap in it.

  29. Step 29 29

    Stitch the painting-flap on the backside of the bag.

    Not with white thread offcourse(duh, with black), but that was to make it clear.

  30. Step 30 30

    Almost finished!

    Now stitch the dot-fabric in the bag like this

  31. Step 31 31

    Click the shoulder strap on the ring on both sides.

  32. Step 32 32

    Glue one piece of velcro on the inside of the flap of the bag, in the middle


  33. Step 33 33

    Now glue the other piece of velcro on the outside of the bag, in the middle

  34. Step 34 34


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And you're done!



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