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atashi no kokoro.. unlock!
Took this to the London MCM Expo in May and got a few lovely comments on it.

The box itself is cardboard covered in tartan fabric and its lined with red fabric. In the bottom it has a secret compartment where I kept my money, phone etc. The outside has black lace, 2 black straps, 'eyelets', a chain, shrink plastic charms and a heart patch made using iron on printer paper. The lid is secured using velcro :)

I also made all 4 of Amu's eggs, but only 3 fit :( If I'd made it big enough for 4 it would've been HUGE! The bag is worn using a belt.

The second from last image (8?) is the reference I used from the anime ^^

EDIT: New picture added! The eggs which the bag holds :)

EDIT 2!: Hey guys! You can now see my Amu cosplay on Cosplay Island! :) http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/17162 Minus jacket and box sadly.. I didn't have room in my suitcase :(

Posted by Vicky from Colchester, England, United Kingdom • Published See Vicky's 42 projects »
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  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    So first cut your box down to size (or make your box ^^) I had already made my eggs at this point, so I used them as a rough guide as well as the items I wanted to hide inside.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next cut the thin piece of card to the shape and size required for the false bottom (if you want one!) Then cut a rectangle of this card to make a hinge from.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold the hinge piece in half, then use it to hold the false bottom in place (pic is easier to understand)

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Line the inside of the box down to the false bottom. You don't need to line under it cos no one will see it! Don't forget to cover the inside of the lid!

    Fold the edges over to the front, you won't see them when the tartan is over the top.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Lay the lace around the edges of the box, the corners are a little tricky, so take your time.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cover the box in the red tartan fabric, use the double sided tape to secure it :) (don't fold the edges of the fabric over the inside of the flap, or you won't be able to get your lace in!!)

    This step took the longest for me cos I ran out of tape XD

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut your black fabric (belt!!) to size (leave excess, it needs to be tucked in)

    Secure this down to the front of the box, then peel back the tartan a little to poke the edges in for a nice finish.

    Round off the bottom of the vertical strip.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    If you're using actual eyelets this goes before step 8. Punch the eyelets into the black fabric strips, equal distances apart.

    If you're using things that look like eyelets, glue these onto the fabric.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    Print out the heart and crown design onto the black transfer paper. Iron this onto the thin black fabric using the instructions that came with the paper (most are different). Cut around this in rounds/ humps through 2 pieces.

    Attach these 2 pieces together in the centre, and to the box by the centre only. This allows the edges to stand out and look all frilly :)

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut a piece of chain to the correct length.

    Use small pieces of wire to attach the chain to the front of the box.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Make the 3 shrink plastic charms.

    Use jewelery findings to join these to the chain.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 12
    Step 12

    Attach velcro to the inside of the lid. (You may want to use super glue!)

    Finally make a loop out of red ribbon and glue it under the false bottom, sticking up so you can pull it to lift the bottom up.

  • How to make a messenger bag. Hinamori Amu Cosplay Bag - Step 13
    Step 13

    Carefully use a Stanley or sharp craft knife to make slots in the sides of the box to thread your belt through.

    And now you should be done! Well done for sticking with it ^^

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MunsterNCookie
MunsterNCookie · Yuma, Arizona, US · 4 projects
Too adorable. I must have it >_<
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Anh H.
Anh H.
Is it possible to buy it??????
Vicky
Vicky · Colchester, England, GB · 55 projects
No, it isn't for sale and I don't have time to take commissions right now. Sorry.
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trinity.levy
trinity.levy · Phoenix, Arizona, US
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Shugo Chara!! Happy This bag is EPIC
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Ravenna182
Ravenna182
what all is needed for this project and how much of it?
Vicky
Vicky · Colchester, England, GB · 55 projects
Hi Happy Looks like my materials list got deleted with all the rejigging CO+K did a while back, I'll update it as soon as I can Happy
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Tsukikyou
Tsukikyou · Kissimmee, Florida, US · 3 projects
How did you make the eggs?
Vicky
Vicky · Colchester, England, GB · 55 projects
The eggs are just polystyrene egg shapes that I painted Happy
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Tiffany S.
Tiffany S.
Hi I love your bag that you made I was wondering
Where did you get the fabric?
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Tiffany
Vicky
Vicky · Colchester, England, GB · 55 projects
I got the fabric in my local fabric store. It isn't a chain, so I can't help you.
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 <3TwIsTeD rAiNbOw <3
<3TwIsTeD rAiNbOw <3 · Justin, Texas, US · 3 projects
after seeing this bag i had to go watch the anime now im hooked
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Alice  N.
Alice N.
can you tell me the amount of materials you used?
awesome bag btw
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Malisa in Haydnland!
Malisa in Haydnland! · Mexico City, Federal District, MX · 1 project
Loved it!
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Malisa in Haydnland!
Malisa in Haydnland! · Mexico City, Federal District, MX · 1 project
Loved it!
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