Take an 8 1/2" X 11" piece of colored paper.
Cut off an inch from one side, making the paper 8 1/2" by 10".
Gather a ton of colored magazine paper (cut in squares and rectangles) and place in a big pile.
Start glueing your magazine pieces to your paper, to form a collage. Cut off any excess magazine papers hanging off the edges. Once finished it should look like this.
Now, fold the paper about 3 inches, like so. This will be the flap.
Cut a new piece of paper 5 1/2" by 10". And do the same as you did in step 4, making this a collage too.
Once finished it will fit perfectly inside your first collaged page.
Now time to add expanders. This will make the bag be able to open larger so you can fit more things inside. Cut two pieces of colored paper 5 1/2" X 3". Collage these papers as well.
Now time to start sewing! Place the expanders in a clear plastic sheet protector.
Cut out the plastic around the paper and sew around the edges. I used white thread with a zigzag stitch but feel free to pick whatever thread or stitch you prefer.
Put the smaller collaged paper the one that is 5 1/2" by 10" in a new clear plastic sheet.
Now take one of the expanders and place wrong sides together and sew along the edge.
Sew the other expander to the other side and fold the expanders in half, also cut off the excess plastic, and it should now look like this.
Sew one side as pictured you can sew both if you please but it is not necessary.
This picture is of the backside of the photo in step 13.
Now, pick up the biggest collage paper and make rounded edges on the folded side. I would recommend practicing on an extra piece of paper before actually cutting the collage. Place in clear plastic bag.
Now this is the hard part. Place the piece you just sewn with the expanders attached and place with the wrong sides together, under your larger collage piece. make sure that the long edge that you had sewn is facing you. Also make sure that you only get the one side of the expander while sewing and not both.
Sew all around the edges and dont forget the other expander on the other side. And cut off excess plastic.
The last thing to sew is the bottom. Just sew it straight across.
You are now done sewing! One step left, place velcro on the flap, this keeps the handbag closed. Yay!!! It is finished!
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