Zelda-Themed Crossbody Bag

I made this bag for @Tapestry’s son in the latest Use What You Have swap.

In the spirit of the swap, all the materials are from stash. I wasn’t sure, at first, how I could pull off a Zelda theme, but the Internet never disappoints when you’re looking for inspiration.

I made some freezer paper stencils and managed to find the right colors among my acrylic paints, along with the fabric medium I needed.

None of the zippers are the same color, but they’re all earth tones, and they looked good with the olive green twill.

The pattern is from IThinkSewBags on Etsy. I went ahead and finished most of the inside seams with serging and bias tape, even though the pattern didn’t call for it. I also did one of the zippers a little differently so that I could hide the back of it in the lining. Otherwise, it was a great pattern.

The rupees are 3D-printed (file from Thingiverse) in wood PLA, sanded, and painted.

The strap is short enough to use as a fanny pack and extends to be long enough to wear across the body.


There’s a main zipper compartment with a double zipper, two small pockets on the front, and a pocket set into the back side of the bag.




Now, my DS is asking for one. :joy:

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Sometimes limitations (use what you have) really brings out the creativity! Using the different zippers really looks intentional and gives a lot of interest to the bag.

So well made and finished to last…no wonder your DS wants one!

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Woooooow! :purple_heart: As a geek who plays Zelda I adore this geeky awesomeness :purple_heart::purple_heart:

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Thanks!

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Very cool!

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I, of course, think the bag is utter genius and wish everyone could see it in person to appreciated just how awesome it truly is. My son was showing it off to his sister.

Freezer paper stencils are an artform I’ve never quite mastered and you wield them so expertly! Please know this bag is truly treasured!

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It is very nice

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I’m so glad that he likes it!

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This turned out so cool. The stencilling is perfect and so is the bag. I love the different colored zippers. It looks completely intentional and add some whimsy. The gems are neat too!

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Dang. This bag is sooooo cooool! I love the different colored zippers AND that those colors are all earthtones. It really looks thoughtfully planned from the beginning. I think that having different colored zippers on such a bag would help me remember which pocket I put which things into! (I just swapped purses and found some stuff in some pockets I didn’t realize I was carrying around. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:) I also love that the strap is the length that it can be adjusted this way! awesome!

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Thank you!

This is a fantastic bag! No wonder your son wants one! (I hear Christmas is coming… :joy:)

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What a great bag!

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Thank you so much!

I highly doubt DS1 will let me off the hook for half a year. :joy: He’s already dug through my stash and declared that I don’t have anything in the correct colors and must remedy that situation as soon as possible. Like me, he has the ADHD, and there is literally no time except the present, lol.

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This is sooo super cool!! The added rupees are beyond.

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Thanks!

:tada: Congrats! This fantastic project is featured this week! :tada:

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Thank you!

This is seriously soooo amazing! I love every little detail. And how cute that you made the little rupees to go inside. Gah! LOVE!

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Thank you!

This whole project made my 1980s inner child so happy.