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The Cheetah

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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 Romantic, Cute, Funky
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What materials did you use? Cotton, lightweight canvas (lining), faux leather, zipper, metal feet, cotton rope (for handles), d-rings, clamps.

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What are you most proud of? Working with faux leather. It was a little more difficult than I imagined because it stretches. I'm new to sewing so I'm new to working with different fabric types. The handles were a little hard to make - in fact, I made several before I got it right.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Experiment with the fabrics you use first - make a few proto-types and see what works best for you. I think I would have used synthetic rope, instead of cotton, (for less stretch with the faux leather) in making the handles. Next time I will.

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It looks great!

02/03/2013 Flag

Thank you!

02/05/2013 Flag

You did a great job on this. I agree. Love the label!!

02/06/2013 Flag

Thank you! I put a comment under my Cheetah bag explaining how I made the label, if you are interested in doing it for your bags or projects. :)

02/08/2013 Flag

Label was made with Tailor Sew-In Computer Printer Fabric. At Joann's and Hancock's its in the iron-on section.

02/09/2013 Flag

Great bag, very stylish!

10/26/2013 Flag

Would you mind answering a few questions? I love the bag! Did you use a special needle for the leather? Where did you purchase your hardware? It really looks GREAT!!!!

11/24/2013 Flag