In case you guys don't know, Doctor Who is my favorite TV show. And I'm currently involved with a Doctor Who Swap on Craftster and I've been spending a good part of the last two weeks making things for my partner. I have four things completed and a 5th in process, so I've really been in a Doctor Who crafty mood. I can't finish the last item until it stops snowing (partner, if you're reading this, here's a hint: spray paint!).I had some left over fabric and decided to make something for myself! I really, really needed a bag for one day and weekend trips to hold my books, art profolio, pencil case, camera, etc. So this was born!
A Doctor Who Messenger Bag and Accessories!
With all the items, the outer layer is made of duck cloth, the lining and most of the binding were made from a white sheet, and in between both was a tapestry kind of fabric to make it stronger. I stenciled the pictures on and hand painted them with fabric paint.
This is the first messenger bag I've made. I didn't have a pattern for the size I wanted, so I made my own pattern for it. It measures 12x16 because I needed it big enough to carry my 11x17 art profolio. My kitty was insisting that he be in the picture.
I found the amazing Tardis stencil on deviantart, by adams-ransom, who so kindly lets people use it. Thank you! This was my first time using stencils since I was a kid and had nothing to do it properly, so I ended up tracing it on paper, cutting it out, drawing it on the fabric then hand painting it. Definitely not the best way, but it still worked! And I love it!
The inside pockets were inspired by McCall's 5824, because I need pockets. Lots and lots of pockets. There are five pockets, two of them zippered. This was the first project where I used a sewing machine to sew in the zippers. I normally did them by hand because I was terrified I would screw them up, but after how well this turned out, I don't think I'll do that again. :) And I had to add a side pocket to carry the sonic screwdriver my hubby got me for Christmas!
Stenciled here is the amazing David Tennant as the tenth Doctor. I made the stencil from a picture I found online. I have to say, I am thrilled with how it came out.
The inner pockets and the back pocket. The back pocket was an "oops." I forgot to add it before sewing it together, so I improvised.
When I finished the bag, I realized that my current wallet was too fat to carry in it. So of course I needed to make a new wallet. I found the basic idea here, but ended up making my own pattern for it. I wanted to add more pockets, change the picture holder, change the size and it was just easier that way.
For the stencil, I knew I had to put a Dalek on it because it seems like my money's always being "exterminated." :-D I found the stencil online (I'm sorry, I don't remember where). For the lettering, I used the basic shape of a stencil a friend had, but changed it slightly.
The Camera Case
Made from own pattern. The inside is left over quilted material. The sonic screwdriver stencil was made by me. I added two loops on the side so I can add a strap if I ever need to carry just my camera with me.
The Sewing Kit
Hello, my name is Cynthia and I'm a sewing addict. And I'm afraid of going anywhere without a sewing kit. The pattern is my own. I've never I made anything like this before and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I wanted it to have some shape to it, so I put cardboard in the spine. I also made the Adipose stencil (omiword, I cannot get over how cute it is!). I have another sewing kit around my house somewhere that has a cardboard with thread on it that I need to add to it.
I loved doing this project! I think this has to be my favorite thing that I've ever done. I picked up a lot of new info and tips and.. well.. it looks awesome! It may end up being my regular everyday bag despite the size.