Design Your Own Handbag »
InstructionsI used my new Elna Excellence 740 sewing machine with dual feed. It made a world of difference when stitching the vinyl. So easy and eliminated the need for a special foot.
Type of item: Accessory
Fleece-backed black vinyl, mystery, thick, snakeskin-print home decor fabric, polyester lining, decorative studs, magnetic snap, and basic purse hardware.
What was your inspiration?
My inspiration for the bags came from holiday catalogs from national and regional department stores as well as styling/hardware detail via Brett Bara's Handbag class.
What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of stitching the vinyl in a manner that looks professional and using hardware which gives the handbags that RTW touch.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Brett's class was so valuable for detailing. The use of the various hardware and tips on how to use it with the fabric and bag styles was a tremendous help. I thoroughly researched her online sources for just the right type of hardware at the right price. Make sure you follow Brett's advice and watch the entire course before starting a bag. There really is a lot to think about and previewing all videos before beginning a handbag will help you plan and design your handbag.
The actual stitching of the bag was made very easy with my new Elna Excellence 740 machine. The dual feed eliminated the need for special feet on this particular bag. I'm glad I held off making these until I could trade-in my old machine for this new workhorse. My old machine would have choked on the vinyl.