I MADE MY FIRST HANDBAG! 🙂
I’ve been wanting a new purse but I haven’t been wanting to pay the money for it. Not sure why I wanted something new just did. :-/ So instead of going store to store with a toddler and not finding anything that I liked (Yes, I’m picky. lol) I decided to make my own. I don’t know how to sew. I’ve wanted to learn for years now but I haven’t taken the time to buy a sewing machine and learn plus with a toddler and a baby on the way when would I find the time. I barely feel like I have time to do “me” things now. I started my search on Pineterst and wasn’t very successful so I went to YouTube. YouTube is AWESOME! I found a “No Sew Tote Bag” video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjbrtiYWF-g) YAAAYYYY!! It seemed pretty easy so I decided to give it a try. What you need and pictures are below.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Two pieces of 18″x21″ fabric
- SctochGuard ( I decided to add this to try to prevent major stains)
- Iron on patches (I decided to add this because I knew I wanted a cell phone pocket)
- Standard size stapler
- Tape measure or ruler
- Two 24″ pieces of belting for handles
- Duct tape (This will be the lining, so remember to use a color you think goes well with your fabric choice!)
- An iron
I’m very satisfied with my first attempt at making my own no sew handbag! 🙂 As I said at the beginning I didn’t want to pay the cost for a new handbag. If I would have gone searching for a purse in TJMaxx, Marshalls or Ross it would have cost $40-100 to find a purse that was big enough, had straps that I liked, etc. For me to make this handbag it only cost me $19! 😀
After carrying the bag a couple days I plan to make some alterations. I didn’t realize that I bought nonroll “elastic” for the straps. Elastic isn’t that great :-/ the bag bounces up and down on my shoulder. I was in Walmart when I bought all my supplies and I was trying to get everything in that one store. Also, I want to close the bag. So I’m going to add a fastener. Yesterday I went to JoAnn and bought beige belting, for straps, and a beige button, to add to the bag to close it. I haven’t finished my alternations. JoAnn didn’t have any beige duct tape. I wasn’t about to go to another store with it being close to nap time for my son. Didn’t want to have a whining toddler in the store. So I will have to make a follow-up post about my handbag. I really do like it and I think I’ll like it even more after I make my alterations. 🙂
Have you ever made your own handbag? No sew or sew? If so share pictures please.