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DIY your own Hermes bag!
I follow The Blond Salad blog and when I saw this clear Hermes bag I wanted one right away. I have always had a thing for clear things like accessories. I found other Hermes bags going on eBay for around $255, not an option for me so I made my own.

Posted by Millie A. from Avondale, Arizona, United States • Published
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  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 1
    Step 1

    Here's my inspiration Hermes bag.

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Bought clear vinyl from the fabric store, I got the heaviest one so it would have enough body for the purse. It's $2.49/yard.

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Gold paint pen.

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Turnkey purse closure and purse feet for attaching the handle.

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Gold thread.

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Make pattern pieces from tissue paper (I just looked at the photo of my inspiration and judged the size and pattern pieces I needed)

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut out all pattern pieces.

  • Step 8

    The inspiration bag had white stitching and white lettering but I changed it to gold stitching and gold lettering.
    1. stitched the "belt" strip to the flap front of the purse.
    2. stitched the front and the back/front flap pieces to the bottom piece.
    3. stitched the sides to the above
    4. stitched the handle (which is two layers for added structure)
    The most difficult part of the sewing was around the curvy areas, just go slow and it should be fine.
    That's it for the sewing.

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 9
    Step 9

    I used a paint pen in gold from the office supply store.

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Next I decided on painting a fleur-de-lis on the front of the bag with the phrase "un voyage au pays des merveilles" (a trip to wonderland).

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Installed purse hardware. Make a hole to fit hardware through, instructions are on the hardware package.

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 12
    Step 12

    Added the handle. Just make small holes and push hardware through and bend back the prongs through both the handle and the purse as per the instructions on the hardware package.

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 13
    Step 13

    Total cost approximately $18.25 (vinyl $2.49, hardware 2 @ $3.99 each, thread $1.79, paint pen $5.99)

  • How to sew a vinyl tote. Clear Faux Hermes Handbag - Step 14
    Step 14

    Finished faux Hermes purse! I like the results and I've had a lot of fun with it.

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Donnasaurus Rex
Donnasaurus Rex · 1 project
What size sewing needle did you use for the vinyl? I would love to make this but I can see myself losing an eye while making this thing due to improper needle sizing. :p
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