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1 of 2 identical bags for Godchildren

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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
Sizing Women
Style Classic
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What materials did you use? Fleece-backed black vinyl, mystery, thick, snakeskin-print home decor fabric, polyester lining, decorative studs, magnetic snap, and basic purse hardware.

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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.

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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.

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Dual feed means it feeds fabric from both sides. My new Elna did a beautiful job stitching the vinyl. No need for a roller foot, at least not on this project. I held off stitching the bag until I brought my new machine home and am so glad I did. My old Janome I traded it was a great machine but it would have choked on the vinyl. There are a few sewing machines on the market that offer the dual feed, and it's a really nice feature.

12/31/2012 Flag

Beautiful bags and sentiments. I am trying to salvage a bag I have partially constructed. It is a fabric tote with faux leather trim and handles, and has a drop in lining. My Mother loves the fabric, But I had not planned a closure when I started the project. I don't want to give her a bag that does not have the security of a closure. The lining is complete with a zipper pocket; and the front and back are complete with the trim and handles attached, but F & B are not sewn together yet. I like the flap you made. At what point during the construction did you attach the flap? Can you give me some info, and does any stitching for the flap attachment show on the outside of the bag? Thanks for any help you can provide, and your bags are lovely.

01/01/2013 Flag

LAB, I stitched the flap closure to the lining only. A few of my RTW handbags have the same flap so I drafted a flap from one of them. No stitching shows on the outside of the bag. One piece of the magnetic snap is placed on the flap so that has to be considered during construction of the flap, and the matching magnetic snap is placed on the bag facing/lining on the opposite side. Consider making the flap with one side of the magnetic snap inserted then pin it to the lining. Fold it over as if the other side of lining already has the other snap in place and see how the flap is "behaving". If it sticks up too high and comes above your seam allowance line of the top edge, then your flap is too long and adjust accordingly. If you need another pic uploaded specifically of the flap, let me know. I created a third bag for myself that is almost the same but has the snakeskin print for the straps because I ran out of vinyl. I haven't assembled the lining to the purse yet, but the lining is done with flap.

01/01/2013 Flag

Thanks for replying. If you have the opportunity to post a more detailed photo, I would certainly appreciate it. My lining is only cotton, and the bag is fabric with fusible fleece. I planned on dropping the completed lining into the completed bag and topstitching the two layers together. So, I would sew the flap to the wrong side of the lining, drop the lining into the bag, topstitch the bag and lining together, giving me two rows of stitching for the flap. Does that sound right? I was concerned how to strengthen the seam holing the flap, and that should do it. BTW, the snap would actually be on the outside of the flap, correct?

01/04/2013 Flag

Very stylish for sure! Once I fill a bag however the prayer wouldn't be seen. : )

01/24/2013 Flag

A very professional looking handbag and two very lucky God children!

03/24/2013 Flag