Tuesday, February 1, 2011

tutorial tuesday - make a messenger bag from a pair of cargo pants!

Wanna make one of these? I did, so I looked all over for a pattern to use. I stumbled across a tutorial over at http://www.noodle-head.com/ for an upcycled messenger bag about a year ago but hadn't had a chance to try it. . . I've got to admit I'm still a little timid when it comes to trying sewing patterns. Finally I decided I'd better get over myself and try it out -- and I loved it from the start! I followed the pattern as best I could, but since the fabric I wanted to use was in fat quarters, I had to alter the instructions a little.

All in all, the tute was really easy to follow and well written. (She has a whole library of tutes on her blog and since this one went together so well, I might just have to try out some of her others!) And I loved the idea of using cargo pants I already had -- but it turns out we didn't have any old ones in the house! So, I made a bee-line to the thrift store to see if they had anything that would work. I made this one for a friend as part of a Pay It Forward challenge on Facebook -- she'll be getting it soon, and I'll post about that challenge when all my projects are complete. And of course, since I loved how this one turned out, I had to make one for myself.

Head on over and check out her tutorials! She's great!