10 October 2014

Canvas Briefcase 2.0 - Goal Complete

Finished my A Lovely Year of Finishes October Goal today so excited.  My goal was to make a canvas briefcase for my husband.  He is extremely particular so really I am not sure why I said that I could make him one.  Now I have to say making your own bag pattern is not as easy as it looks.  I took the dimensions of the bag that he liked and jumped from there.  It was 17 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 3 1/2".  This made for a BIG bag and it was kind of floppy.  Really it was as big as my sewing machine! 

Of course I showed it to my husband and before he even said anything I knew he did not like it.  Then he started telling me all the things he wanted (not sure why he did not say anything in the beginning) would of been easier.  Ok the things he wanted did make sense but come on I just created a pattern on my own for a bag.  I was totally on a high and then bottomed out. :(

So I stewed on it, really I was having a tantrum if we want to be honest.  

I did not want to waste the original bag materials so I cut the original bag apart and went to work on making the modifications.  I only ended up having to by another 1/2 a yard of fabric as I was not the most carefullest cutting it apart. I am happy to say I think this one is a keeper.  Well my husband is happier with this version except when the laptop is in it and you have the strap on your shoulder it tends to flop.  I think this might be due to the placement of where the long strap connects to the bag but I am not positive.  Maybe another day I will make another version and place the strap higher up the sides and see what the results are.  For now though he can use it so that is all that matters. 

The finished size is 15" x 10 1/2" x 3".  

I used an old weaved belt for the handles. I used home decorator fabric from Joann's and Annie's Soft and Stable to give the bag structure.  I could not use the soft and stable around the zipper so I made the zipper unit and then ironed on deco bond to give it some structure.  I also used pre-made bias to finish off the seams on the inside which I did not sew in just used instant stitch. I hope they hold up.  I also added deco bond to the outside pocket and velcro to keep it from flopping open.    

Shot of inside before stitching it all together.  This is the pocket for the laptop.
The back side has to large pockets just to catch the smaller items he might carry. 

Since the outside fabric is light colored I am spraying it with fabric protector so it will not get dirty so fast.  I double this goal up with my fourth quarter finishes just to push myself to really get it done. 

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  1. Congratulations on the finish. You did a great job. I have made up bag patterns as I go before, and have learned a lot. It is definitely harder than it looks.

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  3. Wow, I would never attempt to make my own bag pattern like that!!! You rock!!! I wonder if using something like fusible fleece would give the bag enough structure? It looks fabulous and works for the job intended - total score in my book!!

  4. Very nice finish! I have sewn lots of bags,but have not ever made my own pattern up.