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Cutesy leopard skin purse.
I have been wanting to make something like this for a long time and I finally took the time... I made it for my niece of 8 whole years old... I got the Betty Boop fabric at Walmart in the remnants bin.

Posted by Maxine B. Published

  • How to make a messenger bag. Betty Boop Leopard Silk Purse - Step 1
    Step 1

    Here's a close up of the front flap... I made it by sewing strips of ribbon together then shaping it onto a V at the bottom then adding trim along the edge... The backing is pink Leopard...and of course the HD label that I cut out of something sometime I can't remember when...

  • How to make a messenger bag. Betty Boop Leopard Silk Purse - Step 2
    Step 2

    This one shows the silk tie that I made the strap out of... I got it a goodwill for 3.00

  • How to make a messenger bag. Betty Boop Leopard Silk Purse - Step 3
    Step 3

    This is the flap before I finished the edges of the leopard fabric. Then I just sewed it on to the back side and it flaps over

  • How to make a messenger bag. Betty Boop Leopard Silk Purse - Step 4
    Step 4

    And this is the back before I put in the lining and sewed on the flap and the strap...

  • How to make a messenger bag. Betty Boop Leopard Silk Purse - Step 5
    Step 5

    It was hard to get a pic of the inside but I put a pocket and the long purple ribbon is a pen/pencil holder

    I used embroidery stitches along the edges of different places. The tie on both sides, the words on the BB material, the HD label, the pockets and some other places... all red embroidery thread to put it together and the lining is made of red Dupioni silk that I had left over from a previous project... I applied iron on interfacing to that and the front and back are both lined with cotton batting. That's inbetween the lining and the outer shell.
    The bottom is just straight stitched then I folded the corners inward and stitched them flat to make it dimentional... Same with the lining only in the reverse so the seams are all hidden... It was pretty easy. Things are always easier when you don't have to follow any rules

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Stacy Hickman
Stacy Hickman · 1 project
This is so pretty, and affordable! Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait to make it with my mom. It'll be a good mother-daughter project!
Shauna B.
Shauna B. · Ohio, Ohio, US
I love this! Too bad I can't sew-LOL! I have a lot of ties that were my dad's and have tried to decide what to make with them. I've been thinking maybe a mini wall quilt. But with this I was thinking instead of just using a tie for the strap you could use various ties for the front flap instead of the different materials or ribbon. Anyway, you did a wonderful job and anyone would love to be the recipient of such a beautiful purse!
Maxine B.
Maxine B. · 1 project
Thanks everyone... I appreciate the appreciation.

· Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, US · 23 projects
Love the bag-it is very cool! I'm sure your niece will love it. Thanks for sharing a tutorial. C
Alessandra S.
Alessandra S. · New York, New York, US
that's so übergorgeous.
Knittin' Kitten
Knittin' Kitten · Liverpool, England, GB · 32 projects
That's amazing!

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