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Striped handbag with lots of details

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Finished handbag

Created in this Craftsy class

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
Sizing Women
Style Traditional
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What materials did you use? Upholstery fabric for outside (striped); silk for inside (yellow); woven/fusible interfacing; interlining; double fold bias tape (black); bias tape piping (black); gross grain ribbon (black); flat screw-on rings (nickel); bag feet (nickel); corrugated plastic for bottom of bag

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What are you most proud of? To create a professional look for the straps, I created jetted pocket openings through which I pulled the lower parts of the tabs.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? * take your time and don't rush the process * do not use silk for the lining, especially if this is your first bag; it was difficult to work with * since I wanted to make this bag very sturdy, I added two layers of interfacing and one layer of interlining to the outside fabric as well as one layer of interfacing to the inside fabric * due to the thickness of the final bag, I choose to use black double-fold bias tape to finish off the top of the bag instead of creating a super thick layer of seam allowance by sewing the thick layers together * the other advantage of using bias tape to finish off the top of the bag is that I could attach the corrugated plastic bottom and bag feet before the lining was sewn into the bag, which made that process easier; and I could sew the bottom of the lining closed before inserting the lining into the bag * for the hardware, I used flat screw on rings that I found at Etsy's "Purse Supplies R Us" seller; it is much easier to work with the straps if you use rings that can be attached at the very end (due to the screw on feature) * I purchased the corrugated plastic at a local Home Depot store; you can find it wherever they sell signs; once I cut it to size, I snipped (a very small snip) the sharp four corners at a 45 degree angle to prevent the sharp edges to eventually come through the fabric; HAVE FUN!

Christine F. on

Excellent work. The stripes matching the handles, the shape of the front pockets with that precise piping... and everything. Thank you for sharing!

07/19/2013 Flag

Fabulous bag, great design! Something to be proud of! Was this your first bag? I can't imagine...

10/26/2013 Flag

Beautiful work. I'm enrolled in this class and can't wait to start it. :)

11/05/2013 Flag

Stunning and your work is very professional!! Beautiful job:)

02/07/2014 Flag

Waht a fantastic job - so professional. I looks fabulous.

09/26/2014 Flag