2013 unselfish sewing project #2

日本語が英文の後に続きます。Japanese text will follow after the English.

I am on a bag-making roll  – after making the messenger bag for my niece, I made another one for my nephew who just started elementary school for his Christmas present. It was much more difficult to decide on what to make for my nephew who is 6 years old, since I only see him once a year and have no idea what he likes. I wanted it to be something he would find “cool” and use.

姪子にプレゼントするかばんを作ってから、かばん作りに夢中♪♪ 今度はちょうど小学校に入った甥にクリスマスプレゼントとして贈るものを。一年に1回しかあわないので、どういうのがよいかかなり迷いました。使ってもらいたいので、6歳の男の子におしゃれと思われるのが重要なポイントだった。


After experimenting with making several types of bags (this turned out to be an expensive present due to the experimenting) and not being satisfied with the end-product, I decided to draft my own pattern taking inspiration from those famous messenger bags from Manhattan. I applied the new bag making skills I learned from the previous messenger bag project, and it turned out exactly as I envisioned without any incidents!


The selfish aunt strikes again… should I keep it? I want it!!


maybe I will just buy some toys for my nephew instead… a bag in this color and this style is really something I would use! ponders the selfish aunt.



The front view – Liberty helicopter print in canvas!  And that was before I found out that helicopters are on my nephew’s Christmas wish list:-)



The back view – added a D-ring to make the length adjustable. HA!



I know this is getting obsessive but I have to introduce the side-views too!




and finally the inside lined with Japanese cotton canvas cow-print fabric from Nippori. I added a pocket using the other side of the cow-print fabric (it is not so visible in the picture but it is polka dots with milk bottles… how cool is that?)



All in all, it took around 7 hours of putting together after having worked out the pattern pieces. It was a fun sew and if you haven’t noticed yet, I am so proud as it is the first time I made something from scratch (without a pattern)!


Quick facts

Pattern: self-drafted

Flap: Liberty helicopter print cotton canvas
Outer fabric: Navy cotton canvas
Inner fabric: Cow-print cotton canvas

表地: リバティー帆布/紺色の帆布   裏地:牛柄の帆布

I am much into making bags now and am on the look out for some pattern books for bags (for adults). Any good recommendations?


にほんブログ村 ハンドメイドブログ ソーイング(縫い物)へ
にほんブログ村 ハンドメイドブログ 洋服(洋裁)へ


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