DIY: gym class heroes bag

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The start of school also means the start of gym class again, and for a certain group, also the start of those dreaded swimming classes. I personally never looked forward to them, but a nice personal bag for your clothes might just make things a bit easier!

Since I have loads of bits of fabric, pieces of vintage bedsheet, old rags and so on this project called for something out of multiple kinds of fabric. With this design, you can also vary quite easily and be assured the result is unique. The best is to use the same kind of fabric, preferably non-stretching cotton. 

I made two groups of three kinds of fabric, one for my girl, one for my boy. Measure how big you would like your bag and double that to make a big rectangle. Cut a diagonal line across your pattern up to the halfway point and start cutting your fabric! 

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First attach the diagonals. I made another seam in my striped fabric since the top half is going to be folded inwards as a lining and I didn't want the stripes going in the other direction to show through the fabric. But that step isn't necessary, just optional.

After that, sew the seam in the middle. Make sure you leave a little hole open in the middle for your cord to go through! Then you put the shoulder straps in place. I didn't bother with making them adaptive since these are the size that fit my kids. I just used the same length as the ones on their backpacks. 

Angle the top of the straps upward, attach the bottom next to the centre points of the pieces of fabric. Oh, and do add a little loop to hang your bag on! You'll thank yourself for that one later, trust me.

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Now close the other seam on the side. Don't close the top and bottom yet! You should have a big open tube now. Lay the seams on the side on top of each other. The top of your shoulder straps are in the middle now, the bottom ends on the side. 

Close the bottom, then partially close the top. And the nice part, turn it inside out and see how cool your bag is becoming!

Next steps are to close the hole and to fold the top inward to become the lining of the bag. When you push it nicely in the corners and secure it there it stays put and you also attach the shoulder straps better. Make a seam on the top to shape a tunnel for the cord. Put a fastener there (I always save the fasteners when I discard something) and end up with a knot or as I did, sew a piece of fabric on. 

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And its done! You might want to give the bag a coat of fabric sealant to make it more durable. Oh, and do have fun in those classes. ;) 

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I am so going to make one in my size!

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Graphic art by Loulou & Tummie and my grandfather :)

Graphic art by Loulou & Tummie and my grandfather :)

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