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These bags are almost too cute to handle
If you've been wanting to try out the novelty bag trend without shelling out a lot of $$$$ on a bag you might not wear that often, then this is the DIY for you!

Posted by Self-Constructed Freak from Madison, Wisconsin, United States • Published See Self-Constructed Freak's 9 projects »
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  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 1
    Step 1

    First things first: We need a design for our purse! A lot of the designs I came up with were either circles or half-circles, but just about any basic shape would make a nice base for one of these bags. Once you have a general idea of what you want your purse to look like, go ahead and sketch it out so you’ll have a point of reference when you make the pattern.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 2
    Step 2

    To make the purse pattern, I started with some sheets of paper and a circular lid that was roughly the size I wanted my purse to be. Using the lid as a template, I traced around it on four separate sheets of paper, adding a half-inch seam allowance to the outer edges of each circle.

    Each of these circles will make up a different part of the purse: One for the front, two for the back (you’ll see why two are needed later on in the tutorial), and the fourth circle I used as a template to sketch out the detailing for my smiley face.

    Keep in mind that this entire pattern-making process can be applied to just about any shape you’d want to use—it’s not just limited to circles! Go ahead and cut all of these shapes out in preparation for the next step.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 3
    Step 3

    As I mentioned before, the back side of our purse will consist of two pieces. I’ll refer to these as pattern piece #1 and #2.

    In our finished purse, we’ll want these pieces to overlap slightly at the top to create an opening (so there’ll be no need to sew in a zipper or add buttons!). To create this overlap, we’ll need to deconstruct the two circles we cut out for our back pattern pieces like so: (see next step)

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 4
    Step 4

    1. Using a ruler, measure two and a half inches in from the outer edge of pattern piece #1 and mark with a pen.

    2. Line the ruler up horizontally on that two-and-a-half-inch mark, making sure that it’s straight, and trace a line along the top and bottom of the ruler. Repeat this measure/marking process on pattern piece #2.

    3. Cut out the pattern along the horizontal lines as shown. For piece #1 cut along the line toward the bottom; for piece #2, cut along the line at the top.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 5
    Step 5

    You can discard the pieces marked X. Keep the other two as your new back pattern pieces.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 6
    Step 6

    When you put these two pieces together, they’ll make a perfect circle to mirror the front of your purse, with a slight overlap at the top.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Lay all of your pattern pieces out on the “wrong” side of the vinyl fabric. Instead of pinning the pattern to the fabric, as you’d normally do when cutting out fabric for sewing, just trace around each pattern piece with a pen and then cut them out following the tracings.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 8
    Step 8

    For cutting out the lining, simply place the vinyl fabric pieces on top of your lining fabric with wrong sides of both fabrics facing, and cut around them.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Keep your outer purse pieces with their matching lining pieces—wrong sides together—until it’s time to sew.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 10
    Step 10

    If you have any detail pieces that need to be painted go ahead and do that now. You can set these aside to dry while you get started on the sewing process.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 11
    Step 11

    A quick note on sewing with vinyl fabric if you're not already familiar with it…

    There are a few small adjustments that will need to be made to your sewing machine before it’s ready to sew all the layers of fabric in your purse. The first thing you’ll need to do is change your regular machine needle to one that’s especially for sewing with heavy-weight fabrics (for this tutorial I used a size 100/16 needle). You’ll also need to adjust the straight-stitch length setting on your machine to one longer than you would normally use. I set mine at 4.5 or 5.0 when sewing with vinyl fabric. Anything shorter than that and you may run into issues with the vinyl jamming the machine or thread getting tangled.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 12
    Step 12

    The first step in assembling the purse will be binding the straight edges of the back pieces with bias tape—this will finish off the raw edges of the purse opening and create an overall more polished look.

    Start by cutting two strips of bias tape the same length as the straight edges of the purse back pieces. If you’d like to add some loops for a strap (which can be added later on if desired), tack two small loops of skinny ribbon on the straight edge on the top half of the purse backing (the shorter half-circle).

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 13
    Step 13

    To bind the edges, open up your strip of bias tape and line up the straight edge of the vinyl fabric directly with the crease that runs along the inside of the tape. (It’s kind of hard to see in the photo, so I added a dotted line to show where the crease would be and arrows to show where it should line up with the backing piece.)

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 14
    Step 14

    1. (Left) Once you have the raw edge and crease lined up, fold the other half of the bias tape over, encasing the raw edge within.

    2. (Right) Secure in place with a few binder clips. Repeat steps 1-3 on the other piece of your purse backing.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 15
    Step 15

    With the edges bound, your purse backing pieces will look something like this.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 16
    Step 16

    Sew a straight line of stitching along the innermost edge of the bias tape on each backing piece, removing the binder clips as you sew.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 17
    Step 17

    Once you have the edges bound on your purse backing pieces, go ahead and layer them on top of the front piece (lining sides facing each other), making sure the bottom half of the purse backing is layered underneath the top half.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 18
    Step 18

    Use binder clips to hold all of the fabric layers in place and sew along the outer perimeter of your bag, about a half inch away from the raw edge. This line of stitching is going to help keep our purse pieces together for the next step.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 19
    Step 19

    As a finishing touch, we’re going to bind the outer edge of the purse with bias tape just as we did earlier with the backing pieces.

    Measure out a strip of bias tape that will go all the way around the outer edge of your bag with a little extra to overlap where the beginning of the strip meets the end. Clip the tape in place and sew it on.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 20
    Step 20

    Once sewn, you’ll end up with a cute little pouch like this!

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 21
    Step 21

    Now all that’s left to do is to add on the details! Brush the back of each detail piece with a thin layer of glue and affix them to the front of the purse.

  • How to make a novetly bag. Novelty Purse  - Step 22
    Step 22

    And with that you have your finished purse!

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Margaret S.
Margaret S.
That's insanely cute! I will do one for myself, thanks Happy
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