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You know THAT Giles Deacon handbag? Make a snazzy version for yourself.
After lusting after the Giles Deacon dinosaur bag four a couple of years and failing to raise the ££££ I decided to make myself a gold version.

Posted by AllyEbdon from Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published See AllyEbdon's 8 projects »
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  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 1
    Step 1

    To make the pocket that goes in your dinosaur you will need two squares of fabric and a zip. To measure you fabric measure along the top of your dinosaur and judge how wide your pocket can be and then make this the width of the fabric and zip.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold the top edge of your fabric over and press and then fold it over again and press so the raw edge is enclosed. Sew this secure and then repeat on the other square.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now take both of your squares and line them up together with the turned over edges facing out. Sew the square together at the top edge.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Open out your squares and press your seam open.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now pin your zip straight on top of the opened out seam.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Simply sew your zip onto where you have pinned it and turn over and your should hve something a little bit like this.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Using an xacto knife or a seam ripper carefully open up the stitched enclosed within your zip area and ta-da! You have a perfect little zip.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now fold your fabric into the pouch shape it will be and sew the edges up. Remember! The neat edges of your pouch need to be on the inside of your pouch as you won't see the outside so keep your raw edges on the outside as shown.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now take your dinosaur and lay him out on your surface. Mark how far the pocket will extend so you don't cut any more than you have to.

    Using an xacto knife very carefully cut the seam open along the back.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Take out a little stuffing and push your pocket down into the dinosaur.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pin your pocket in place.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 12
    Step 12

    Using a needle and thread carefully sew your pocket in. It helps to open the zip at this point just so you have access to both sides.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now you must paint your dinosaur. If you spray a fluffy toy the paint doesn't sick properly because there's all that fuzz to contend with so you need to create a new surface which is easier to adhere to. Acrylic paint if built up can leave a good vinyl-ey finish which is perfect for painting and actually ends up kind of looking like leather when finished. To apply work with the grain of your fabric and coat it so the fibres lay flat and there is a smooth finish.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 14
    Step 14

    Keep layering up your paint. This was the most time consuming part of the bag but don't be tempted to rush or you won't get that gorgeous metallic finish. When your dinosaur is finished he should feel reasonably smooth and plasticy but still be able to move (that's why it is important to use fabric paint as it has more moveability).

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 15
    Step 15

    Spray that gorgeous prehistoric beast!

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now time to make the handle. Cut your rope to the size that you want your handle and enclose the ends with masking tape to stop them fraying.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 17
    Step 17

    Give the rope a preliminary spray and then wrap the rope back on itself at each end creating a loop. Secure the loop with more masking tape.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 18
    Step 18

    Masking tape isn't that pretty so we need to cover it. Cover your tape with glue and then wrap embroidery thread around the join until covered.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 19
    Step 19

    Now give everything a final spray.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 20
    Step 20

    To join the rope to your dinosaur take a small square of leather (sprayed gold of course) and sew one edge to your dinosaur (where you wish the handle to start).

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 21
    Step 21

    Now take a shower ring (sprayed gold) and thread it onto your loop.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Diy Dinosaur Handbag - Step 22
    Step 22

    Wrap your piece of leather back on itself contain the shower ring and sew into place. Do this for the other side of your rope handle and you are totally done!

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kimberly.hodges.5059
kimberly.hodges.5059 · Maumelle, Arkansas, US · 2 projects
im going to make one but im not going to paint over his plush
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Elfin Adventure
Elfin Adventure · Independence, Missouri, US · 13 projects
I love how you used shower rings! I am definitely going to make this once I find a plush I am willing to cut open!
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