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Cute Book Bags for High School & College – Plaid, Prints, Colors
Some girls like to take their textbooks in bookbags and some like to carry backpacks. A lot depends upon the area where one lives. Preferences are sometimes determined by region, sometimes determined by school, and sometimes determined by one’s friends or clique.
Women’s Messenger Bags
In school, it is important for a young woman to make a statement. And, moms should try to help their daughters get the proper bags.
• Middle school kids usually like to blend in.
• Some high school girls like to fit in and some like to stand out.
• College women need a bag or backpack that is practical and functional. Most coeds like subdued and understated patterns, like plaids (unless they are art students.)
• Community colleges are a cross between high-school style and traditional university style.
JanSport Messenger Bags
JanSportElefunk messenger bags are well-priced and last forever. They also come in solid colors as well as cute prints and plaids:
• Both Pink Daiquiri Vain Love (with tiny skulls) and Bleeding Heart patterns are a bit punk, a bit sweet, and a bit better for teens and tweens than for studious underclassmen.
• Soda Shop is a nice alternative for tailored types. Actually, this zig-zag pattern will work with any style.
• Some people find patterned bags to be more practical than solids because they camouflage pen marks and other stains. A dark solid is better than white or yellow for anyone who is not meticulous. Some cutesy pastels can look a bit like diaper bags.
• JanSportMowtown Messenger is a smaller version of the Elefunk and may be better for those who carry fewer schoolbooks.
• Trans by JanSport Fly is a perfect book bag. Green Plaid looks smart. Pink Argyle is a bit punk-rock-ish, though not in a flagrant way.
Tote Bags for School
Chic, girly bookbags do not have to be cutesy. Here are some beautiful options:
Laurex makes a great Laptop Bag. It is pretty and feminine but elegant enough for work, college, or travel. Nice design.
• Black Orchard
• Gold Wave Brown
• Gun Metal
• Pink Butterfly
HadakiMultitasker comes in plastic-coated canvas prints and they are available in several sizes. All are beautiful. Here are three options:
• Chocolate Pink
• Multi Colored
• Multi Colored Stripes
There are so many great bags online. Just pick a size and a price range, then look around. College girls may want to talk to friends or explore campus images to see how others dress. In most parts of the country, girls wear jeans, so look for something that is “casual chic.”
Tote Bags for Books
These tote bags would be good for high schools, West Coast colleges, and community (junior) colleges. Accounting majors may want to stick with traditional solids or plaids.
• Wildkin Butterfly Messenger Bag (Large) is beautiful and girly, but not childish.
• Dakine Ava Gypsy Floral is a hippie chic paisley.
• Outlaw Earth Derringer in Camo-Pink is a great balance of girly toughness.
• Ogio Road Trip has unisex as well as trippy-cool designs and subtle prints.
Plaid is a nice conservative alternative to solid colors. And, this season, a girl should look around to find the right one that’s just perfect. There are so many cool plaids from which to choose. These are only a handful:
• High Sierra Plaid
• JanSportElefunk has several chic designs: Black/White Saddles (a hint of pink), New Chocolate Chip Saddles, Purple Magic Plaid (a nice preppy madras).
• Hurley Special Blend Laptop Tote is a sophisticated alternative to black.
• Roxy Broken Rules Laptop Tote is a hip take on classic plaid.
• Dakine Women’s Messenger Print Bag is beautiful in Vivienne Plaid/Navy, Plush Plaid Charcoal, or Twighlight Plaid.
Indie and Alternative Girls
There are quite a few great bags that run right off the beaten path. Some girls like to roll to a different beat:
• Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Skull Punk Sally Goth Messenger Bag Tote
• Ed Hardy Messenger Bags (tattoo designs are unisex – men and women)
• Band Bags are cool for carrying books. Try Blondie, Ramones, and Guns N Roses (without gun images for middle and high schools.)
Solid Color Bags for School
Solids are always safe and go with anything. It seems like a girl can find the right shade of any color. Just click around.
• Timbuk2 is a well-made classic messenger. It is strong and unisex. The red color is fabulous for university girls. Look at different sizes.
• Clark & Mayfield
• Manhattan Portage Bag
• Northface Base Camp Messenger Bags come in cool discontinued colors like Power Purple and Zest Orange.
• HadakiMultitasker comes in two-tone solids like Chocolate With Green
Most of the expensive bookbag, tote, and messenger styles can be found in cheaper knockoff versions. To save money, check out multiple sites. The author has found that (sometimes) identical bags can be found for about $20 less if a girl is willing to spend time rather than money.
Tote Bag Handles and Pocket Patterns: Add Features to the Body of a Totebag
After completing the body of a tote, continue on to make the handles and a pocket.
Skill Level: Easy
Finished Size: 10 ½ inches tall, (not including handle)
Gauge: 9 sc = 2 inches; 10 sc rows = 2 inches
• Large skeins of worsted weight yarn (Green and Ivory)
• Size F/5/3.75mm crochet hook
• Tapestry needle
Row 1: With WS facing, join off-white with sc in first rem lp of row 21, sc in eah rem lp across, turn. (27 sc)
Rows 2-46:Ch 1, sc in first rem lp on Bag and first st on Pocket at same time, sc in each of next 25 sts on Pocket only, sc in rem lp on Bag and last st on Pocket at same time, turn. Fasten off at end of last row.
Handles (Make two of Each)
Row 1: With RS of bag facing, join green with sc in first rem lp on rnd 21 just below left-side of column of rem lps, sc in each of next 4 rem lps, turn.
Rows 2-46: Ch 1, sc in first rem lp on bag and first st on handle at same time, [sc in next st on handle and rem lp on bag at same time] 4 times, turn.
Row 47: Holding 2 strands of green tog, working in sts on handle only, ch 1, sc in each of first 3 sts, scdec in last 2 sts, turn. (4 sc)
Rows 48-92: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. At end of last row, fasten off.
Row 1: With RS of bag facing, join green with sc in first rem lp on rnd 21 just below right-side of column of rem lps, sc in each of next 4 rem lps, turn.
Rows 2-92: Rep rows 2-92 of Left Side.
Sew last row of Left Side to last row of Right Side.
Row 1: Beg at right side of outer edge of handle, join green with slst in first rem lp on row 1 that handle worked in, ch 1, working in ends of rows on handle and in lps on bag that handle was worked in at same time, sc in end of each row across bag, sc in each of each row on handle across to left side of bag, working in ends of rows on handle and in lps on bag that handle was worked in at same time, sc in end of each row across bag. Fasten off.
Making Your Own Evening Bag Part: Beading and Assembling Your Clutch
When you begin working, do not work near any of the edges of the bag. These will need to be bead free for assembly. Leave about a half inch all the way around on the front and the back to complete after assembly. For the top leave at least an inch and a half to complete after construction of the bag is complete.
When beading a line drawing begin with one color of bead. Thread your beading needle with beading thread and knot the end. Insert your needle into several beads one at a time. You will want to begin with a string of beads as long as your first line you are covering.
Now thread your other needle with regular thread. At the beginning of the drawn line bring your regular needle through from behind. Put this needle through the knot at the end of the bead strung thread. Now put the regular needle back through the fabric. This will hold the bead string in place.
Bring the regular needle back up on the drawn line the distance of one bead from the first stitch. Lay the string of beads in place on the line drawing. Loop the regular thread up and over the first bead. Pushing the needle through the backside in the same area it came from. Continue tacking down each bead along the string. Repeat with each string of beads. Make sure to keep your beads and each line close. You don’t want gaps of fabric showing through.
If you do get gaps, it is ok to fill them in by stitching an individual bead or two into that space.
Some people tack down every other or every third bead but you will have a greater risk of your beads catching on something and tearing away from the purse so it isn’t recommended.
When all of your beading is done except the borders, stitch your side and bottom seams. Attach fabric to the hardware as the manufacturer recommends.
You now have the sides and top to finish beading. You can also add beaded fringe to the bottom in one or multiple layers.
Once all of your beading is complete, it is time to line the purse. The fabric for the lining should be lush linen or satin. Cut out the same pieces you did for the purse. Sew them together with right sides facing. Insert the lining into the bag without turning it inside right. When it is smoothed out top to bottom, trim the excess to leave a one half inch seam allowance. Fold the seam allowance so that it is between the wrong side of the lining and the back side of the purse fabric. You can pin and press it first or just tack it into place with a needle and thread.
That’s it. You are now the proud owner of a custom beaded work of art. Use bead of different sizes, shapes and texture for additional pizzazz.
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