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Transform a dull boring bag!
I had this really useful small canvas shoulder bag, but it was so dull and boring....
I also had loads of scrap materials, left over from other projects...
So I selected a piece of Alexander Henry fabric to revamp the bag....
I only needed a piece of material 12" x 12"

Posted by nora c. from Strathaven, GB • Published See nora c.'s 65 projects »
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  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    This is the bag I am going to use. It has a front flap with a zipped pocket.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    First, remove the zip slider. Do this by snipping into the zip and sliding it off.
    Keep the zip in the closed position as shown.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    This bag had a fabric label sewn into the seam. Snip this off close to the seam and discard.
    (I don't like being a free advertising board for any company!)

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Open the flap of the bag and lay it flat on table.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Lay a sheet of tracing paper (I'm using baking paper here) on top of flap and pin in position

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Carefully draw round the shape of the flap to make your pattern piece.
    Make this the exact size and shape of the flap.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Carefully cut out the pattern piece along the line you have drawn.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Place the pattern piece on the material and pin in position.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut round adding half an inch all round for seam allowance.
    You may notice I have put a little mark on the pattern piece to indicate the centre of the front flap...this is so I can centre the design on the material so it looks better when finished, I used semi-transparent paper for this, so I could see the pattern on the material through it.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now use the same pattern piece to cut out polyester wadding. Make this the actual size of flap, do not add any seam allowance.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Lay the wadding onto the flap to check it is the exact size...if not, trim to size with sharp scissors.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now take the wadding, lay on the wrong side of the patterned fabric, fold over seam allowance, pin down, then tack in position.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now with right side of patterned material uppermost, lay on top of bag flap..put a few spots of glue here and there on the canvas bag flap to hold wadding in place...not too much as you don't want it to come through to the top material.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 14
    Step 14

    Attach patterned material to bag flap by sewing all round edge to edge using ladder stitch, or a small hemming stitch.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Revamp A Dull Bag - Step 15
    Step 15

    Remove tacking thread, then admire your new bag!!!

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nora c.
nora c. · Strathaven, GB · 65 projects

Yes, you could leave the zip intact, make what could be called a giant buttonhole on the front of the patterned fabric, and sew it in place all around the zip.

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Savalou
Savalou · Paris, Ile-de-France, France · 11 projects

Cute! :)
Is there no way to salvage the front flap as well? I love having tons of pockets, and this would be great to transform some of my old bags, but I'd hate having to cover the zips all up...

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Savalou
Savalou · Paris, Ile-de-France, France · 11 projects

Cute! :)
Is there no way to salvage the front flap as well? I love having tons of pockets, and this would be great to transform some of my old bags, but I'd hate having to cover the zips all up...

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violetta
violetta · Temerin, Vojvodina, RS · 208 projects

I have almost the same dull bag at home!:)
Ill have to try this!

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