I made another handbag.

25 Apr

This time, I made up the pattern myself.

I wanted to try something with a little more structure than the typical (and my last) floppy fabric bag.

I’ll tell you, though, this “designing” racket is nuts. I mean, if I say “It’s my own design”, what I really mean is “I sewed one part, and then I ripped it out, and then I resewed it, and then I changed my whole mind, cut it out all over again and differently, and then sewed it one more time just for good measure. And then STILL when I got to a step later on down the line, I had to undo part of what I did, and jerry-rig it some other way just to make it work.”

So my idea was that it can be carried on a long strap, folded over, like this, OR, if I have extra things to port about, I can clip the strap to the top, and carry it like more of a tote bag:

…and either way, I can remove the strap, and carry it as a clutch (folded over) or else by the handle. It’s versatile.

It was also kind of a nightmare to make, because it was my first time sewing with vinyl, my first time trying to make a fabric bag have stiffness and structure to it, and my first time working with real hardware.


But I think the black makes it nice and subtle, and the linen panels lighten it up (more than my corduroy bag that I made in winter), and the houndstooth…well, I just really like houndstooth check. (And yes, you may recognize that exact fabric from a shift dress. It’ll be fun, to wear the two items together, one day.)

And look! It has feet!

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5 Responses to “I made another handbag.”

  1. Cheryl Marie April 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    Very impressive – your bag looks so polished. Your handiwork is great! And I do like the color/pattern choices – I’m sure it will complement lots of things in your wardrobe.

  2. Funnygrrl April 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Very nice bag. Love the convertibility!

  3. ataylorsews April 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Nice job! I like that. I tried once to make a handbag but parts of it got so thick, it wouldn’t fit under the presser foot. What machine did you use to sew you bag?

    • handmadejulie April 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

      Just my plain old Kenmore that I use for everything. The thing was that at no point was vinyl meeting vinyl, so it didn’t get as thick as it might have–it’s all layered over fabric.

      My next idea, it is not so easy. 🙂

  4. saltymom April 26, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    Nice one ! I like the different fabric combinations used on th bag.

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