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FAQ & Beginners Guide:
>https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BUQ5ZQoH1A9vCR2OcdvhrWNv6JChsy-5z21rNugX2jc/edit?usp=sharing

Buyf/a/g Guide:
>buyfag.moe
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I want to make a 4chan ita bag for shits and giggles. Opinions/where should I start?
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I love seeing joke bags lmao, please do it. You'd probably either have to invest in mostly enamel pins or make your own stuff, though.
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I've been obsessed with these BeMOE bags, does anybody know if they're making a Rei version?
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>>10890421
here is a pin bag for inspo
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>>10890429
legendary midousuji bag. this must be years and years of collecting - his merch is surprisingly difficult to get ahold of
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>>10890428
I was thinking yotsuba clover keychains on a green bag, and then classic 4chan meme stickers/pins for the rest of the bag :p
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My Daisuga bag :) heavy on Daichi
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>>10890456
Who are these guys :0
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>>10890466
Tokusatsu villains that hang out a bunch due to overlapping audiences.

https://twitcasting.tv/kanthokkaido/movie/767385224
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Not into this hobby and I feel retarded for asking but have had this burning question recently... Out of curiosity, has there ever been a religious itabag? ...like one dedicated to Jesus Christ, or a saint? considering there are plenty of Christians and Christian items, and dedicated shrines are common, I feel like it's only a matter of time before an autistic one decides to express his/her faith this way.
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I haven’t personally seen one, but I’d find it extremely hard to believe that someone hasn’t made some kind of religious itabag at some point whether it be ironic or totally serious (probably without knowing what an itabag even is.) What I have seen are historical figure bags. Pic related.
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I realized after my first reply that Yotsuba made much more sense lol. If you go through with it post pictures.
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>>10890434
Based Sanji enjoyer
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I just found this super cute Lan Wangji bag… may have to grab
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>>10890516
I’m enjoying the rise in character focused bags, I hope that means we see less of these fucking ugly ass bags with the dick windows
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does anybody have any advice on how to keep hard plastic keychains like pic related in a bag
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>>10890649
This is epic
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>>10890418
Love the use of mixed media here and also a solid husband
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>>10890522
Sew loops around key points like the ankles with clear thread / fishing line
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glad to see this thread is back up! I've recently finished my first itabag, but I feel like there's still some work to be done. Is there anything I'm missing?
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>>10891348
Looks pretty complete to me! If you want you can add little flowers or stars or random little decorations in the gaps on the bottom or between the badges?
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>>10891353
good idea! It's kind of rough to find decorations with the exact shade of green I need, but I'll see what I can find around...
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We are so back
Alright seagulls, let's have some discussion starters:
>Your current itabag/fandom fashion project(s)
>Your favorite itabag that you've seen in the wild or online
>Dream itabag if cost, reality, etc. weren't factors
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>>10891956
>Your current itabag/fandom fashion project(s)
I'm currently putting together a clear pouch like picrel (not mine) and just ordered the stuff to make an oshinui.
>Your favorite itabag that you've seen in the wild or online
There have been a lot of gorgeous ones to inspire envy but right now I can only remember the Guy Fieri bag I once saw
>Dream itabag if cost, reality, etc. weren't factors
Now I can't stop imagining a Gordon Ramsay bag.
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>>10891956
>>Your current itabag/fandom fashion project(s)
I'm slowly working on two. First one is a Edmond from Nu Carnival bag. His merch can get expensive, the can badge that I'm focusing on tends to sell for 8k+ yen in sets and they get bought up pretty quickly. The second is a Kuromi bag, with that one I'm trying to challenge myself by using different types of merch.

>>Your favorite itabag that you've seen in the wild or online
Not my favorite, but I saw my first itabag in the wild (outside of a con environment) a few weeks ago on the train. I think it was a Genshin character? It looked incomplete but it was still cute and had potential.

>>Dream itabag if cost, reality, etc. weren't factors
More dream base bag than itabag, I wish some PU leather bags could just be made out of anything else.
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>Your current itabag
Just sewing some parts back onto my bags that fell off, I want to redo one and replace a lot of it with some rosettes though currently (for Hanako).
>Your favorite itabag that you've seen in the wild or online
I have a lot of favorites! Currently it might be the yume nikki bags I've seen around and also this Ayato bag is super fun.
If I ever see a tote like this for a character I like I'd love to turn it into an itabag for them!
>Dream itabag if cost, reality, etc. weren't factors
I'd love to do one for Ahiru (or just princess tutu in general) but it has basically zero merch.
Ib might also be interesting but I'd have to hunt a bit.
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> find what's pretty much an ideal bag
> preorder period is over

Fuuuck.
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>>10892124
Are these the Yume Nikki bags you're talking about? If so, I love them too.
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>>10891348
This is looking really solid, anon! I like the cream colored bag. I have to know if the blickies are relevant or are there just for fun.
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>>10891956
OP here, so glad people are popping in. I was scared that once I started the thread it would wither away lmao.

>Your current itabag/fandom fashion project(s)
Currently working on my Sanji from One Piece bags. I have a WEGO backpack and Swimmer tote I'm trying to fill. Also want to learn how to make rosettes.

>Your favorite itabag that you've seen in the wild or online
Saw someone at Katsucon 2022 with an amazing Mad Dog/Kyotani from Haikyu bag who was even repping wearable merch. It was by far my favorite niche bag spotting I've had in the wild and I regret not sparking a convo with them. Also have to shout out this con regular who always carries around multiple huge bags and plushes of the two guys from Heaven's Official Blessing.

>Dream itabag if cost, reality, etc. weren't factors
Not really necessarily a dream bag per se but I think it's really funny when people coordinate an outfit or cosplay to match their bags. Wanna do that someday.
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>>10892449
Yes! Those are the ones.
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>>10892204
This would make a cool base for Yusuke from P5
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I want to make an itabag one day but I've fallen out of love with most anime compared to back with I discovered this pre covid. No idea who I love enough to make a bag for anymore. I love looking at the bags, though, thank you for making the thread anon
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>>10891958
> just ordered the stuff to make an oshinui.
That reminds me! Does anyone have patterns or resources for fun 3rd party merch ideas for if your husband or wife or ship doesn't have much and you want to create filler? The Pearl itabagger comes to mind, I saw that image a long time ago and all the third party merch she created along with her outfit was darling.
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>>10890429
Can someone explain the seemingly meme status of this bag? I always see it wherever people are discussing ita bags. I even saw a Midosuji ita bag on display at ANYC a few years back, though I doubt it was the same one.
Is Midosuji just a character people make ita bags for, for the hell of it?

Honestly pretty jealous because I like him myself.
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I'm so fucking tired. I'm so desperate for themed ita bags that aren't catered to stupid normies who just wanna put in a few enamel pins. I have a castle ita bag that would be amazing for one of my faves, if not for the fact that it's fucking miniscule. I want ita bags with theming that are Zakkamart bag sized.

The only decently sized themed ita bag is an owl one that I use for my RE8 Duke stuff, but that's out of production and the shop that sold it is defunct, so if the bag gets damaged I'm fucked.

This sucks.
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>>10892488
I like your style, anon.
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>>10892499
>Complains about normies
>Writes itabag with a space
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>>10892601
Did you miss the part where I posted about my actual bag (only one of my 8)? Or are you just stupid?
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>>10892499
Is that the one on Kickstarter? No offense, but I think you dodged a bullet, it looks... Bad. When it comes to theme bags Taobao brands execute them so much better, like the toast bag or the guitar bag. Normies are too obsessed with enamel pins that they neglect to make their designs itabag friendly, but they still advertise them a such.
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>>10892610
>Did you miss the part where I posted about my actual bag (only one of my 8)?
Just having an itabag doesn't necessarily mean it's good though, usually people with a bunch of them just get the ones with the smallest windows possible, put a few pieces of merch in and then move onto the next one. which is fine, it's your bag and you're free to do what you want, but don't act like you're somehow superior to pin bag normies especially when you don't even write out itabag properly.

Themed base bags are shit anyway, at best they look better without the any merch in it (pic rel) and at worst they look cringy as fuck like those furry dick shaped ones. The only ones that regularly look nice with merch and aren't stupidly shaped are the sanrio ones.
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>>10892629
This wasn't from Kickstarted iirc. Taobao has some nice quality bags but they're still tiny. I usually stick to Zakkamart.
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>>10892630
I am absolutely superior to pin bag normies and frankly I find it fucking retarded that you put more value on the spelling of itabag, over whether the person in question actually takes the hobby seriously.

Also itabags are supposed to be cringe. Like it's in the fucking name.
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>>10892656
>I am absolutely superior to pin bag normies
You're really not.
>over whether the person in question actually takes the hobby seriously.
Which you clearly don't if you're more concerned over the 'LOL QUIRKY BASE BAG' over the merch itself.
>Also itabags are supposed to be cringe
Cringe as in how many character goods you can shove onto a bag, not cringe as in 'my bag is shaped like a furry dick'.
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>>10892630
I'm not an itabag person, just a lolita passerby, but this bag is so cute. Where is it from?
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>>10892666
https://otakuowlet.com/products/pre-order-evangelion-asuka-ita-bag-large-size
It's an evangelion collab bag!
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>>10892663
I am lol.

I cannot possibly emphasize how retarded it is to say someone doesn't take the hobby seriously because they... prefer themed base bags. Leave the hobby, you're a fucking loser.
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>>10892656
>Also itabags are supposed to be cringe
The connotation of "itai" in itabags and itas are different.
Itabag = hurts to look at/carry because it's cumbersome and heavy and the merchandise is painful to the wallet
Ita = a lolita that hurts to look at because they (or the coord) is so ugly
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>>10892672
It also hurts to look at because it's cringe and garish but okay.
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>>10892669
Weren’t you just one who was just throwing a temper tantrum and going ‘I AM BETTER THAN THE NORMIES’ as if that’s somehow an great achievement?
>Leave the hobby, you're a fucking loser.
Ah yes you’re clearly the grand poobah of itabags (despite not even being capable of writing it correctly) who gets to decide who is banished from putting weeb merch onto bags.
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>>10892669
I’d love to see your holy 8 blessed bags by the way.
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>>10892672
no they're not lol. maybe from a weeb western perspective but the ita is from the same place for both things and it means cringe.
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>>10892677
I am better the normies and you getting pressed about that is giving the impression that you're a normie pinbagger.

Either that or 12, because nobody older than middle school age says someone is worse than a normie because they like a type of base bag that you don't.
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>>10892688
I literally don’t own any enemal pins kek.
I’m guessing I was on the mark with that your bags are like 5 pieces of merch on a stupidly shaped bag with a frog emoji or something at the top though.
Still would love to see your 8 totally not normie bags though.
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>>10892691
Emojis? I'm not a 10 year old girl, nice try though.
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>>10892630
I think the book themed base bags can be cute.
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>>10892630
>Themed base bags are shit anyway
Nah. Theme bags can be cute, I think you're focusing on the particularly garish ones which yes are hideous, not gonna argue with you there. But picrel and >>10892699 aren't bad especially if it makes sense with the character. The difference is there's a balance, the ones you posted will generally overwhelm whatever you put into it. Who is going to be looking at your merch when it's in a furry dick bag?
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>>10892699
That is beautiful. I bet it'd look great with a larger character image like from a clear file surrounded by merch and decor.

>>10892712
lol the toast one is so cute.
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Have y'all seen the art program itabags? Looks like there's two popular ones atm. This is the one that I saw first. I like how the window looks a little more like the actual program, but the second one's inserts are really cool.

Here it is in motion:
https://www.tiktok.com/@starheavenly/video/7289151276212948267
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>>10892736
And here's the second one:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toripng/mx-paint-ita-bag
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>>10892737
And the inserts:
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>>10892736
>>10892737
Ugly...
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Does a good Kickstarter bag exist
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>>10892737
I HATE that sort of window setup. It's gonna be dinged and bent in no time.
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>>10892451
Thank you! The blickies were part of the cosplay I was wearing and put them in the pic for a laugh basically.
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>>10892818
I honest to got haven't seen one with a window that wasn't fucking microscopic. I want itabags that have space to actually be itabags.
Best one is honestly the cloud itabag, the awkward shape gives it extra window space.
The salmon itabag may as well not even have a window at all. It's smaller than my own hand.
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new to itabags, are blue robotto bags any good?
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>>10892861
100% agree. I've always wondered why they make the purse part a smaller size than the window. Seems counter-intuitive

>>10892785
Hahaha, that's fair. I think it was cute in theory -- that seems to be the case with most kickstarter bags.
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Incoming mini dump. Was looking through taobao bag reviews, the Chinese really like their minimal merch + fuckload of decoration itabags. How do we feel about these? I think they are a good option for characters with little to no merch, an alternative to a repeat bag, but I find some hard to justify as itabags.
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>>10892494
dunno if it counts, but ive been working on a cross stitch patch of my wife bc there is barely any merch of her!
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>>10893359
Only excusable if the character has minimal merch. Itabags are by definition not elegant. Fuckloads of decoration can be nice, but only when paired with fuckloads of merch.

On that note, I do want to put some stickers in mine.
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>>10893364
The colors on this one are fucking beautiful.
>>10893416
I'll take an elegant minimalist bag over the clusterfuck that is Western mishmash bags any day
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>>10893431
those chinese lolita bags look like shit in a different way, they're full of cheap accessories.
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>>10893431
>I'll take an elegant minimalist bag over the clusterfuck that is Western mishmash bags any day

I'll give you that. At least they're cohesive.
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>>10893364
Pretty but only one can badge? Toilet soap mildness? Kek

>>10893449
I have to agree with >>10893431
I would take them over mismash bags because at least it takes some thinking to nicely arrange some cheap decorations. It's not just string lights in a bag surrounding keychains with visible safety pins

>>10893363
This one annoys me a little. I don't Genshin but I know this man has a lot of merch. You can do much more
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>>10893493

How does one even get the safety pins to be nearly invisible like the pros do? I know about pinning through the back of the insert, but most inserts are so damn thick that it's impossible
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>>10893365
do you have the link to this bag?
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>>10893504
It's this Baachoo one, but it looks like it's not currently on sale.
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.1-c-s.w4004-22974449610.32.3c9073aeprM7pO&id=745958962923
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>>10891720
You could try, say, white fabric flowers and use a copic marker to color it the shade you want maybe?
>>10893498
Make your own thinner inserts with either craft foam or that plastic mesh sheet stuff wrapped in fabric
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>>10893508
I use the mesh sheet method. Still impossible, those things are solid as hell.
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>>10893515
>those things are solid as hell.
Nonnie, are you trying to pin them through the material itself and not through the holes??
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>>10893521
I am trying to pin them through the holes. It's really rigid so getting the needle through the other way, especially after the keychain is attached, is... oh god, people actually do this? My grip strength must be fucking pathetic.
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>>10893493
i think the pretty bags are more based on the owner's preference rather than the character's personality, which is why they bother me, they're all basically the same regardless of the character.
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>>10893521
Are you using curved safety pins? That was the trick anons said ages ago and that made them invisible for me
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>making two character OTP itabag
>one blue themed, one green
>cannot find a big enough teal bag to save my life
It's been years anons
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>>10890476
I've definitely seen "biblically accurate" angel themed bags floating around, which I won't lie, I'm kinda into.
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>>10893344
>100% agree. I've always wondered why they make the purse part a smaller size than the window. Seems counter-intuitive

THIS. I will never understand why they think putting a giant flat leather shape on top of a normal bag is a good idea. All I can imagine is it getting creased to hell in the future.
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>>10893531
This is why you gotta pick a character who has the same taste as you
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>>10893544
I actually tried curving my own safety pins without much luck. Will give the pre-curved ones a try, maybe I suck ass at hand-curving.
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This might be a bit too specific, but can anyone recommend me a hardy backpack style itabag? I've been looking on and off for months, but the only ones I've come across seem pretty flimsy or a themed (I'd rather something not themed for maximum versatility). I have to carry a lot of stuff around at cons due to medical shit, and backpack style bags are the least painful for me. If there aren't any particularly hardy ones, I'm tempted to just make my own, but thought I'd ask before committing.
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>>10893831
I love the zakkamart backpacks with the ribbon, I have 3.
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>>10893524
It's a lot easier if you attach your fabric firmly (with hot glue, double sided tape etc, however you wanna do it) on all sides of the mesh, then just pin through the fabric instead of going through the mesh. If the fabric is taut enough it shouldn't droop or anything
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>>10893524
I don't like working with safety pins. If the merch allows it I opt to sew it unto the mesh with clear nylon thread.
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>>10893831
I have this one from 93 Moments that is fairly big and is made of really sturdy leather.

I can fit a water bottle, switch lite, an umbrella, and my wallet with a bit of room to spare.
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These 手作り推しぬい are kind of all the rage lately so I gave it a try, taking the easy route with premade materials from Kiyohara. He turned out so cute that I just had to share him! I'd like to make a little vest for him and embellish his jacket some more but I'm still searching for lace and gold trim that's small/thin enough.
The pouch is from WEGO and I glued the ruffles on - it's the perfect size! Yes this is in earnest and yes I want to make a full Mozart itabag lmao.
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where are the spacious ita backpacks at
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>>10893360
w2c this base bag or a similar one?
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>>10894331
This is super cute anon. I wish I had the patience to make something like this.

>>10894485
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.1-c-s.w4004-22974449610.24.326a73aenovKfi&id=715769846972
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>>10894331
mozart itabag is the funniest concept and I hope you are able to do it and I hope you share it here! I love when people have odd/unusual husbandos/waifus it's the best
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>>10894169
I'd do that if I wasn't constantly moving stuff around. My itabags are always gaining new pieces.
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i have a couple of stickers of my wife and want to incorporate em into my itabag, any suggestions? would there be a way to turn stickers into pins or something?
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>>10895249
There are protective sleeves or plastic you can use to cover them and use like an insert to tuck in between other merch: https://www.aliexpress.us/item/3256802982603186.html
and blank can badges could work if they happen to match the stickers happen to match the standard sizes. I feel like it would be hard to make it look nice if its more stickers than other merch.
>>10894331
This is really cute anon, good luck with the rest of your bag.
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Finally managed to grab one of these in red after it came back in stock!
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What do you do with your itabag once it wears down? Throw it in the trash? Resell it for pennies? Use it for house decor? My heart wego itabag's leather is all scratched after nearly a decade of service
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>>10897873
I find selling them tedious, so I donate them if they are still in a useable condition and I don't want it at all anymore. I would only throw them away if they are beyond salvaging.
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>>10897873
you could sew patches on it in whatever theme you have gone with
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>>10897873
There's plenty of people who restore vintage leather bags online and it doesn't look difficult or tool/material intensive. If you still have a desire for the bag, I'd attempt restoration or I'd thrift it to make it someone else's problem lol
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>>10899110
99% of itabags are pleather.
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Has anyone used Wacky Buttons to make your own pins? If so, how were results and is it legit?

<a href="http://www.wackybuttons.com/">www.wackybuttons.com</a>
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>>10899112
Oop, you right! I read leather in op's reply and assumed, but now that you pointed that out, it clicked. To the thrift it goes then
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Anyone else getting lucky this year? After three years I finally found my biggest ISO. Feels good.
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fascinating, an itabag that feels straight out of the 2010s
>>10893416
fuck off, chinese style itabags slay while being cost effective, i'll take an itabag with pretty decor and a few selected pictures over a totebag with 300 badges with the same fucking face in a row. unless you're doing a whole itabag armor for the bit that shit is ugly for bags
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>>10893366
these are my fave compositions, the holo stickers also fit nicely on Lumen's composition, really great stuff
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>>10899206
I used them a long time ago, like pre pandemic. Their print quality was good but the pin itself felt flimsy, like it could break with too much manhandling but they never actually did.
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>>10890518
These arent horrible to me but ya i agree im glad to see based character themed ones come out.

>>10890519
Based taste
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I made hat and painted bowtie
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Why do people like ita bags? They look so incredibly cheesy and every person I’ve seen wearing one looks like a woke liberal or autistic.
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>>10900590
the autism is the point
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>>10900590
what board do you think you’re on, the cool board for functional people whose hobby is sports?
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>>10900028
Itabags aren't supposed to slay. Stop creaming your pants over "MUH AESTHETIC".
Also the image you posted isn't an itabag.
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I'm doing my first ever itabag here. Going with a general Dragon Ball theme because I'm a long-time fan and I had some DB stuff that I wasn't doing anything else with. The bag is made by a company called "STEAMEDBUN", which I got from Amazon. It's canvas and seems pretty sturdy, I'll probs go with leather for future bags because it's a little nicer; but I think this is fine for my first bag. On the advice of another anon, everything is secured to the insert with clear fishing line. Obviously it's a work-in-progress, I'm gonna eventually fill out the bottom half of the window and do a bit on the outside of the bag as well. I've actually got a con next weekend, so a real focus is gonna be finding more things for the bag.
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>>10901402
Fuck, forgot to attach pic
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>>10900791
I agree there should be a term for these slay bags to separate them from the classic itabags, I mean we still get fucking ugly pinbags posted in itabag groups so the chinese style bags are not going anywhere
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>Your current itabag/fandom fashion project(s)
I'm pulling pieces together for my Call of Duty husbando, but looking for a base in the right color has been kind of tricky.
On that note, if anyone knows where the bag from >>10890521 is from, let me know. That's probably the closest to the color I'm aiming for.

>Your favorite itabag that you've seen in the wild or online
The only one I've seen in the wild was a few years ago, Kirby-themed, and rather cute!
>>10890519 is also a favorite, and almost gives me inspo to build an UT bag for someone.

>Dream itabag if cost, reality, etc. weren't factors
A Rurouni Kenshin bag is a dream of mine, especially since the remake means it'll be easier to find pieces for one. Just kind of worried about people being dickheads about it, since the mangaka is a nonce and people are so cancel-happy.
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>>10901730
>Just kind of worried about people being dickheads about it, since the mangaka is a nonce and people are so cancel-happy
if you spend money on first hand official merch giving money to a nonce with terabytes of cp you should expect people to eat you alive. I'd do it if he were dead
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>>10901762
This. Anon’s the dickhead here. Also, “cancel culture” is a right wing myth.
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>>10901823
>>10901762
AYRT; there's a reason why that bag is a dream (and why I make it a point to get my RRK merch secondhand.) I only brought up the remake because I've seen a couple items pop up on Mercari that I like that were made for it.
>Also, “cancel culture” is a right wing myth.
After spectating Tumblr callout drama back at its peak over crimes like 'drawing characters a little paler than normal', I'm not willing to take any chances.
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>>10901932
Okay but literally no one gets cancelled/called out outside of a loud minority on tumblr/twitter and in the imaginations of right wingers. Touch grass
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>>10901932
>After spectating Tumblr callout drama back at its peak over crimes like 'drawing characters a little paler than normal', I'm not willing to take any chances.
pedophiles don't get cancelled enough, shadman is still alive and kickin like a cockroach and so are many like him. if you're buying second hand or fanmade you should be fine, though you're still gonna be a walking billboard for a pedophile's franchise. I've gotten into stuff because I saw cool merch in bags, it'd be hilarious if somebody wanted to know more about Ruroni Kenshin thanks to your bag only to find out about the author
having to justify yourself to anybody who knows is gonna be annoying since you seem to care about getting cancelled by randos. doesn't seem to be worth the effort and money for now
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>>10901823
thats what you think til you get canceled nonny. just wait a few years, eventually you'll fall behind in (current thing) studies and it's all over

>>10901730
just do it and if someone points it out, say you don't support the author. they only make like a hundredth of a cent to the dollar on official merch sold through their publisher.
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>>10902041
>they only make like a hundredth of a cent to the dollar on official merch sold through their publisher.

"Oh, I only gave a LITTLE money to the pedophile so it's alright" will make you sound even worse.
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>>10902041
I might eventually, I only ever had some loose plans; never really decided if I wanted a group bag or to dedicate to a singular character (and that was split between 3 of them, too, so that would've been interesting if I didn't pick the easy option in the protag himself.)
But in the meanwhile, I have the COD bag I mentioned earlier and a themed pinbag I'm putting some time into.



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