Monday, August 05, 2013

My Updo Bag Project ~ Messenger Bag Redo #3

Happy Monday everyone!

R-Chee & I have been busy making FUN projects we wanted to do this Summer together before the busy Fall & Winter seasons start! :)

Last week we showed you two bags we gave a second life to by adding fabric & pom pom embellishments from our stash!

Now we have two more to show you this week! :)

Here is the front of the 3rd bag that I made a bit more colorful by painting non-toxic fabric dyes on the front, inside and side flaps. :)

Then I decorated it with a cross stitch I started 20+ years ago but never finished!  

This cross stitch kit was huge!  Like 18 x 24 huge that I just knew I would never get back to so I got out my scissors, fabric glue and binding and made a patch out of the part I did complete. :)

The only problem was that the bottom corner still had a blank spot.

So... to hide it, I just did the same thing to a little silk embroidery I had and I made a patch for my patch!

This is the fabric glue I use by Dritz.

It is called Unique Stitch and I just love it!

I can always find it at

The final touch to complete my bag was to use the Unique Stitch fabric glue to attach 2 vintage pot holders from my stash onto a piece of yellow craft felt, glue a ribbon border around the craft felt, a pom pom border around the ribbon and the two orange pom poms at the bottom corners. :)

Please come back on Wednesday to see our 4th bag we redid!

R-Chee and I will show you how we spruced up this bag that I knitted several years ago, but decided it needed a little more to make it truly complete! :)

Melissa & R-Chee


Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Love your bags, they are so pretty and totally different from anything commercial you could buy!
Lynne x

tubby3pug said...

All gorgeous projects as always

urban hounds

Pricilla Reynolds said...

Great idea! I've got an old unfinished cross stitch packed away somewhere too. I should get it out and see if I can do anything with it.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We love each bag too. They all have personality and pazazz!
The pot holder is such a cool idea!
And the bags look sturdy!
We have a feeling you dream about all these fun things you will create,,, and then a little spark goes-- oh yes,, and 20 years ago I started this,,,, so lets finish it now!
Am I right?

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Cute projects! Clever way to use unfinished ones, incorporating parts of them onto others!

Meredith LeBlanc said...

You are so clever M! We notice there lots of pockets for R-Chee-kins treats in there...

Meredith & Scarlet