How Can You Make Exclusive Handbags From Old Clothes?
Handbags making is very difficult, isn’t it?
Thanks to the DIY steps below, making a swanky bag from your old clothing materials will be super easy.
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So these are the things you need:
- Old clothes. Of course, you’ll need old clothes (that’s the point of all this). Just make use of what you like. If you’ve got evening dresses that’s too old, feel free.
- Sewing machine. Although, this depends on whether you have one and you’re able to use it. However, if you don’t have a sewing machine, then you’re more than free to make use of the conventional needle and thread. The only catch with using your hand is that your stitches need to be clean and tidy- a feat which is obviously much more difficult to achieve by hand. Regardless of your choice, just make sure that you’re comfortable and that you end up with clean and seamless stitches.
- Scissors. Makes cutting easier and neater.
- Thread. Make sure that the thread that you’re using has a color that matches that of your fabric.
- Elastic. In order to neatly gather all the edges, you’ll need to get some elastic.
- Paper. To help draw your bag’s pattern
Steps to follow
The handbag you desire will definitely have a structural pattern and layout. Take out a piece of paper and draw the pattern on a 2-dimensional basis. When you’re done drawing, cut out the pattern and hold the whole thing together in order to confirm that you’re got the right pattern. It is important that this stage be done carefully. It will help you to avoid making any unwanted errors while cutting the fabric. Remember to add the pattern for the straps too and if you want, add some design specs for a pocket as well.
Once you’re done with drawing your ideal layout, place both pieces together. Make sure to have the ‘right’ sides together and put the part of the fabric that you don’t want to see in a visible place on the outside
Pin the three sides of the bag and have them sewn together. However, be sure to leave the last side open.
After this, open the top edge and make it so that you can see a one-and-a-half-inch fold of the ‘right’ side at the top.
Have this fold sewn down about an inch from the top of the bag in order to create a conduit. Leave a small section, as opposed to having the full circle around the bag sewn.
Pierce an end of the 10″ piece of elastic with a pin and use the pin to draw the elastic right through the channel.
Now, move on to the strap of the bag. Take a piece of fabric that is as long and wide as you want the strap to be. Fold the edges on the length side so that they meet, then down the middle, just give the whole thing a fold. Sew the strap side down the middle in such a way that both ends are kept open.
When you’re done with that, just attach the ends of the strap to the rest of the bag and you’re good to go.