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Creativewan's Pretty Perfect Purse

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Design Your Own Handbag taught by Brett Bara

Design and sew your very own high-fashion handbag in this class taught by author, designer and television host Brett Bara.

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Style Traditional, Mod, Classic, Cute
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What materials did you use? 2 pairs of pants - black Levi's for the contrast and for the main fabric, a pair of white, grey, and black Gloria Vanderbilt jeans from the thrift store that I paid .50 cents for (yay!), Asian themed lining fabric, recycled hardware from thrift store purses, regular & purse zippers, various charms and a recycled tassel.

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What are you most proud of? I am most proud of actually completing this project!!! I tend to be a perfectionist and will not even start working on something if I think it'll not look decent when I'm done. I'm also proud of myself for being able to "let go" and just enjoy the process of creating without trying to be perfect in the process and not even starting for fear of messing up. The bag turned out WAY better than I imagined! So happy I finally DID IT, especially since I signed up for this class when it was new, lol. Brett Bara is a great instructor!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Measure Twice, Cut Once!!! Very important especially if you are working with a limited about of fabric. Also, because I wanted my outside flap wider than the pocket, I had to "cut the corners" so to speak so I could sew down the flap on the inside of the pocket. You may have to "improvise" on some things. I had to figure out how to install the double-slider purse zipper without cutting the ends and leaving a tab. It was most challenging but most satisfying doing as Tim Gunn (Project Runway) says, "Make It Work"

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Hi S.S.G, thank you! I've posted a pic above so you can see the tools I used (a 7mm Dome Setter tool from Tandy Leather and 7mm Domed Studs). I don't use the little round metal base with the setting tool because it tends to slide from under my fabric as I hammer. I have a solid block of wood I used to bang the studs in place. I also use my hammer on the underside of the fabric handle to flatten it some, making stud installation easier. I bought this handy little hammer at an ACE Hardware store not too far from me. That location was going out of business and I was able to snag the hammer (that I plan on bedazzling) for $3.00 vs $12.00! This short but nicely weighted hammer is so much easier to use, especially for craft applications. The studs themselves are So easy to install. I just use an awl to make a very snug hole in the fabric, push the bottom of the stud stem up through the fabric, push the top cap of the stud down in place, then secure it with a few strikes of the hammer.

06/30/2015 Flag

You can also use the cheaper studs with the 4 prongs on them, especially for material that is too thick. I purchased these from Joann Fabrics. The gold and silver prong studs look really gaudy and cheap in the package, but they look Really Nice once installed!!!

06/30/2015 Flag

Love your bag. Any chance you kept a record of your dimensions. It looks like the perfect size (height and width). I am going to be brave with my first bag - where you have black fabric I am going to incorporate faux leather.

01/09/2016 Flag

Thank you Ryan, and congratulations in advance on your first bag! Thank you Ryan, and congratulations in advance on your first bag! The bag's completed dimensions are follows: 18in from top to bottom, 15in wide across the top, 10in wide across the bottom, and 14in in length along each side./// I remade this bag using tan vynil with brown vynil trim. Sewing the outside pocket's flap onto the bag body was definitely a challenge for me (one I was able to overcome). Keep it fun, don't obsess over mistakes, and in the end you'll have a beautiful designer bag made by yours truly (Ryan)! Enjoy... :-D

01/09/2016 Flag

Very Nice! Love the colors you used:)

05/04/2016 Flag