Red stripes bags

Summer holiday has officially started since yesterday! It’s also getting hotter and hotter now. Strangely, I never sweat that much. Most of the time there’s only a layer of ‘glow’ over my face while my husband and other people are literally drenched in sweat. Not that it’s a good news. While my powder stay in place, I would get overheated inside, feel bloated and out of breath. It’s awful. I wonder if any of you has the same problem?

Anyway, I haven’t made any progress in my Burdastyle Book project, which by the way has to be sent by next week, instead I made some bags for Sidra and my husband. The fabric is this beautiful red stripes canvas that I found in Asakusabashi. It was kinda pricey, about $34 per metre, so I only bought half a metre. I managed to make two bags out of it because the width is 150 cm.

Red stripes messenger bag Red stripes messenger bag

I’ve made a messenger bag for Sidra about two years ago, he uses it everyday and it is now worn and faded. The new one has simpler shape, no fastening or pockets at all because Sidra never uses them anyway. I use plain cotton webbing for the straps and attach some colourful plastic rings on the tabs so he can put keyrings or other stuff to them.

Red stripes tote bag Red stripes tote bag

Red stripes messenger bag Red stripes messenger bag Red stripes tote bag Red stripes tote bag

My husband has a lot of tote bags, he loves them and always carries one everywhere. I think he change bags more than I do! I kinda stick to one bag and put everything in it until it gets dirty before I change to another bag. I made him another big tote bag like this one with the red stripes fabric, the lining is dark -almost black- twill fabric that’s also used for Sidra’s bag. I put one pocket on the outside and one on the inside. Now they have matching bags!

Red stripes messenger bagSidra was happy to have a new bag and he brings it to a trip with his art club today. He was still a bit sleepy when we dropped him off at the bus station this morning. I took this picture of him there. Unfortunately my husband refused to get his picture taken today because he was drenched in sweat after biking from our house to the station. But he loves his new bag!

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  • alka

    This is alka from india. The bag is great, I would like to have tutorial, if you have one. Please share.

  • eva

    love every projects, you’ve made

    I am trying to make a reversible bag from my MAdurese Batik right now, I ll show you later ^_^

  • mir

    Mbak, I would like to ask about how to attach the webbings to the bag, because in the photos, I didn’t see any sew in the outer side of the bag. Or is it only the angle of the photos?

    Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

    ps: I really love the fabrics <3

    • verypurpleperson

      Hi Mir, you are right that there are no stitching lines on the outer side of the bag.
      The seam allowance is a bit wider in that area. The straps are inserted when I sew the lining to the outer fabric. Then I stitched over the straps to the wide seam allowance several times to make it stronger.
      Hope that is clear!

  • Lia

    my o my…I love love love the fabric πŸ™‚ perfect for the bag

  • haiii waaahhhh tasnya baguuusss… me likeeyyy ^^ u’re so inspiring (esp for me) u make me smangat bikin2 something n_n nice work

  • Evia

    Hi! I’m from singapore, i blog-hopped around yesterday
    and found your blog and i like it alot!! (and i finish reading all
    43pages *opps*) do you mind doing a tutorial on tote bag? pleasee!!

    • verypurpleperson

      Glad that you like the bag! I might make the tutorial one day, but I’m sure that there’s a lot of tote bag tutorial on the net. It’s a very simple bag πŸ™‚

  • Agostina

    I love the plastic ring idea!!! These bags are really cute.
    I have to say, Novita, that your style really changed my perspective! Now whenever I’m buying fabrics I realize I have a more “Estiti” look. I try to find really cool prints and make them work out. But, here where I live it’s a bit difficult to find not-knit-pretty-cotton-fabric-with-pretty-patterns. But well… I’ll find them some day, or buy a serger…. m(u_u)m

    By the way… do you work with knits and a normal sewing machine? Because I find it a bit stressful. Hems and stuff… Is there any secret!?!?!

    • verypurpleperson

      You had me at the ‘Estiti’ look! Thank you hahaha πŸ˜€
      I don’t have a serger so I mostly work with non-knit fabrics. I use zigzag stitch or the stretch stitch when working with knits, but I still need more practice with those. I guess I should just buy a serger someday πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth

    Hello Novita! I also have a young son, 6 years old, I know he’d love a bag like Sidra’s. Are you thinking of selling any on your shop? I haven’t got round to buying a sewing machine yet, it’s quicker to buy ready-made at the mo!

    • verypurpleperson

      Hi Elizabeth! At this time I don’t plan to make similar bag, the fabric is a bit expensive and also in limited amount. If you are looking for kid’s messenger bag, I recommend this store: The seller is also based in Japan and she makes kid’s messenger bag with cutest Japanese fabric. Hope it helps!

  • I love the fabric bag! It’s in my son’s fave color too!

  • Hai Novita … apa kabar ? aku suka tas-nya ….
    aku kirim Blog Award untuk dirimu yaaah .. hehe … (^.^)

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you for the award!

  • Jesse

    I love the bags both are so stylish and look like they will get much use. I love reading you posts. ^__^

  • Jane

    Ugh, I don’t sweat enough, either! It’s like not having a steam valve–no good. My friends say they’re jealous, but I would rather not feel exhausted after 5 minutes in the sun!

    I made a skirt with your full skirt tutorial yesterday. I had an hour between work and meeting friends for a movie to eat and shower, and for some reason I decided to make a skirt, too. Easy peasy! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • verypurpleperson

      I want to get sweaty too!
      Glad that you were inspired about the skirt πŸ™‚

  • Love those bags, the red fabric is so vibrant and it’s perfect for summer!

    Anyway, I have the same problem as you, I don’t sweat much, but I feel very hot inside, and my face sometimes gets really red too!

    • verypurpleperson

      Yes, isn’t that awful? I don’t get red though, maybe because of my skin colour, but I get so out of breath and dizzy πŸ™

  • Beautiful fabric, I love that shade of red.

  • merel

    I love how the stripes on SidraΒ΄s bag do not match up, yet the bag looks so much more stylish this way.

    • verypurpleperson

      Aww thanks! Glad that it looks good. I was thinking about matching the stripes but there was not much room on the fabric for that πŸ™‚

  • Simple and nice, I like the flap very much.
    The size looks perfect and it really looks good on Sidra!
    The idea of family matching bag sounds cute πŸ˜€

    • verypurpleperson

      I was pretty glad about the size of both bags, the fabric was just so little to work. No scraps left!

  • Hi Novita!
    I have missed your posts…your last post was on July 16th but it felt to me like you have not posted in ages…haha…I was hoping your website will appear on my ‘Blogline’ notification…and it appeared today!

    I love the messenger bag! The slanted cover is creative. And the blue ringlet is a cute touch! I hope you post everyday. Hehe.

    • verypurpleperson

      Haha thanks! I hope I can blog everyday too πŸ˜€