Mailbag Bag

Finally tackled a project I’ve been contemplating for years! :-). This is an old mail bag, bought at a thrift store. The nylon is VERY thin and VERY prone to raveling. So, it was a lot of trial and error; but, so far it’s holding up :slight_smile: Tim Holtz fabric, hardware and buttons from stash. The whole reason I bought the bag and wanted to make a purse was the egg girl pin. I bought one on a once in a lifetime trip, and lost it when it fell off another bag. So, needed a clear pocket (and an eBay replacement for the pin)! This is working splendidly.



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Cool project!

Did you try heat sealing the edges of the nylon to stop fraying? Run them over a candle flame until they melt and shrivel a bit. Test first!

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This is beyond awesome…love it!!!

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How fabulous! Where was your once in a lifetime trip to?

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Very cool! The Tim holtz fabric is perfect for this! It really turned out great!

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D’oh! I honestly can’t believe I never thought of that! I did use a super low iron setting and ironed on stabilizer around the spots that were threatening to tear/wear through. I was SO worried about melting it then, I never thought of melting it on purpose! Ended up sealing each seam with e6000 and a paintbrush :wink:

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Japan. The pin came from the Studio Ghibli museum - a magical place. This was my grandson’s HS grad present. I let him pick any destination. He was a big Anime fan and chose Japan. I found an anime specific tour. I had zero interest in Anime, and still loved every minute of the trip. An incredible place. Highly recommended!!

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So great!! I love mail themed things :hugs:

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THIS IS AMAZING! I love that it’s a real mail bag, that you utilized the TIm Holtz fabric so well, and that your problem solved your pin issue! YEY!

I have also used heat on nylon, cutting out a pattern using a stencil cutter/wood burning tool. Works great, smells… not great. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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What a wonderful trip!

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This is WAY cool! So awesome!

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It turned out super cool! The fabric looks perfect in there.

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:rainbow: Well, lookie here! Your awesome craft is one of this week’s Featured Projects! :fire:

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That bag is absolutely fantastic. Gorgeous!

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I love this! Well done, what a smashing success.

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very cool! and i had to look up what ‘franked mail’ meant. i learned a thing!

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This is so funky and lovely–great ideas, color, and finished item. It makes me want to reach through the screen and touch it, love the textures.

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