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Messenger Bag – using a directional print on the back panel

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    Profile photo of It's me SophieIt's me Sophie @Itsmesophie

    Hello lovelies,

    I hope this makes sense. This is my first messenger bag and I’m using a directional print. To ensure the print is the right way up for the back and the front flap I’m thinking I need to cut the back flap piece into two and sew together.

    Does this sound right? Has anyone done this and can give me some tips on where I should do this??

    Thanks in advance?

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    Profile photo of Lightning McStitchLightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Yep that’s what you’d need to do. Don’t forget to add seam allowance where you split the back panel and the front flap.

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    Profile photo of Lightning McStitchLightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Oh, and as for where, I would do it so that the seam aligns with the notches where the side panels meet the back panel. Hope that helps.

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    Profile photo of It's me SophieIt's me Sophie @Itsmesophie

    Thanks Lightening. So if I do it where the side notches are I should be ok?

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    Profile photo of It's me SophieIt's me Sophie @Itsmesophie

    Just a follow up as I’ve been hesitant to start. Would I be better using a print with no direction. I’m wondering if that would work better?!?

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    Oliver and S Little Things to Sew messenger bag outside
    It will be cute anyway you lay it out. I agonized over how to use the fabric for the messenger bag. I ended up running the fabric in the wrong direction and covered up the ballerinas on the side panels. Still one of my favourite bags.

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    Profile photo of juliamom2009juliamom2009 @juliamom2009

    I used a directional print – first I cut the fabric sideways, then had to re-do it! I added a strip of the strap fabric across the top seam where it joined to kind of cover it up.

    Here’s mine:

    Messenger Bag from Little Things to Sew

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    Profile photo of It's me SophieIt's me Sophie @Itsmesophie

    Thank you both for sharing. They are gorgeous!! Ok I think I’ll do the directional print. I just need half an hour of quiet (with 2 boys) to work out the cutting. Wish me luck!

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