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Backpacks inspired by Chanel

Manuela

Backpacks inspired by Chanel
« on: March 12, 2019, 03:59:52 AM »
Sleuthing the Chanel website I came across this little backback. Sans the leather it would be a very nice project for the leftover Linton tweed bits I have.


I ordered grommets and chain handles and made the pattern based on my needs - to fit a 12” MacBook and add an invisible zipper on one side for easy access.

The fabric for the first project is a pink/black/silver boucle from Linton, leftovers from making a dress a few weeks back.


I quilted it and spent a Sunday afternoon putting grommets in. Good thing nobody lives below us, as I did that on the floor - all 14 of them  :devil:
 
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The first chain handles I got were 0,5mm too big, hence I couldn’t use them. Last night another set arrived. It’s without the woven in leather I wanted, but it actually looks better. I hope to find some time before the weekend to finish the backpack.

I used a cotton sateen remnant to line it - nice big pocketses...
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The chain is 8mm wide and fits easily through the grommets’ 9mm opening without leaving a gap.

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« Last Edit: April 07, 2019, 07:15:37 AM by Manuela »

PollyWally

Re: Inspired by ...... Chanel
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2019, 06:01:07 AM »
Looking lovely so far, really looking forward to seeing the finished bag.

Manuela

Re: Inspired by ...... Chanel
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2019, 08:09:34 AM »
I figured out a way to anchor the chain ends - long live the common keyring  ;)

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Nevis5

Re: Inspired by ...... Chanel
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2019, 09:13:39 AM »
Amazing, as usual, @Manuela  !  It's going to be beautiful x

Manuela

Re: A backpack inspired by ...... Chanel
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2019, 01:05:08 AM »
It’s done and I am already planning No 2.....

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A sneak peak into the inside via the side zipper

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and a look at the back with the top fully open

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This is a great way to use up remnants. No 2 will be blue boucle leftover from a previous project with all kind of denim scraps patched on - inspired by this week’s Great British Sewing Bee episode. There I will also use sew-in interfacing on top of the batting for structure as this boucle is very loosely woven.

No 3 will be black boucle left over from the little black Chanel jacket I made 2 years ago, that will most probably get a leather bottom similar to the original.

Greybird

Re: A backpack inspired by ...... Chanel
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 09:32:13 AM »
Lovely! It's much bigger than I thought it was going to be. I had imagined handbag size.

Manuela

Re: A backpack inspired by ...... Chanel
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2019, 11:33:40 AM »
@Greybird, it’s 30x35 cm. Having used it today, I’m not 100% happy. I have enough fabric to make another one. 30x30cm, with sew-in interfacing as stabiliser.

Manuela

Re: A backpack inspired by ...... Chanel - nailed it on second attempt
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2019, 10:00:32 AM »
Here the new and improved version....
I used all the leftovers I still had and shortened the pattern to make it a 30cm x 30cm x 9cm version. I added sew-in interfacing to the whole thing and on top of it heavyweight fusible interfacing at the bottom.

I like it a LOT more and learned a lot from my mistakes. Here is what it looks like now.

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and yes, it’s stabilised enough to stand on its own  8)

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A got a second one on the go, boucle with some denim patchwork - completely stabilised of course.


Nevis5

Re: A backpack inspired by ...... Chanel - nailed it on second attempt
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2019, 10:08:12 AM »
They're beautiful, @Manuela !  I love my backpacks, they're great to wear.  Although I only use the one as I'm too lazy to keep moving stuff from bag to bag....

Manuela

Re: A backpack inspired by ...... Chanel - nailed it on second attempt
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2019, 05:17:53 AM »
@Francesca asked me on Instagram for the template I used, here is is:

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You’d need 2 pieces of it, one for the front and one for the lining. I added a foldover facing at the top edge, hence for the lining you’d need to reduce the length as below:

   Backpack length (which includes half the depth)
-  top edge facing
+ seam allowances for facing and lining
= lining lengh

Francesca

Re: A backpack inspired by ...... Chanel - nailed it on second attempt
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2019, 09:04:54 AM »
Thanks so much! I am going to give this a go on some Harris Tweed :)
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Manuela

Re: A backpack inspired by ...... Chanel - nailed it on second attempt
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2019, 10:25:28 AM »
@Francesca learn from my mistakes and stabilise, stabilise and stabilise some more. I used sew-in interfacing and batting at front and back, and ironed a very stiff fusible interfacing onto the bottom (and only there).

Francesca

Re: A backpack inspired by ...... Chanel - nailed it on second attempt
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2019, 10:29:05 AM »
I have some bag foam that I used when I made another Harris Tweed handbag so I think that should work for the base. Then sturdy standard stabiliser for the sides :)
Stash Busting 2019
Sewn: 36.4m
Traded: 45.9m
Added: 41.9m
Up/down: -45.95m

Follow me on Instagram

Manuela

Re: A backpack inspired by ...... Chanel - nailed it on second attempt
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2019, 10:45:46 AM »
I have some bag foam that I used when I made another Harris Tweed handbag so I think that should work for the base. Then sturdy standard stabiliser for the sides :)
.... and some batting if you want to quilt it  :)

Manuela

Re: Backpacks inspired by Chanel
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2019, 07:19:47 AM »
I finished the next one - it took a while to find a chain that matches the antique brass grommets. I thought antique brass would go better with the denim scraps, particularly with the pocket. Then I found a scissors brooch I never use....

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