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5, 6, 7, 8!
this was a combination of ideas--i like nautical stuff, Victoria's Secret Pink collection, Abercrombie bags, and Juicy Couture bags (the ones with the ribbon)

this combination of ideas took me foreverrrr to find something i could use for school everyday but it goes with my uniform, and i got a lot of compliments-so here it is!

my directions are kinda confusing but if you are used to sewing you'll get the idea

you can use whatever color u like- i used navy blue, white and pink for my bag

Posted by jenny b. from U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, United States • Published See jenny b.'s 2 projects »
  • How to make a handbag. Jen B.Bag©  - Step 1
    Step 1

    cut out your fabric
    give yourself a 1/2 seam allowance all the way around each square and for the satin ribbon

    i found a pretty sturdy fabric for the bag part, but for the ribbon part i found some crepe back satin because it's cheap and it doesn't slide as much as normal satin

    the handle can be whatever length u like- just make sure u have an inch on both sides so u can sew it into your bag.

  • How to make a handbag. Jen B.Bag©  - Step 2
    Step 2

    sew them (the six rectangles) together like a quilt---make sure the seams are on one side only

    make sure the 21x6's on top
    21x7's middle
    21x8's on bottom

    easy as 6 7 8

  • How to make a handbag. Jen B.Bag©  - Step 3
    Step 3

    fold it over so the seams show

  • How to make a handbag. Jen B.Bag©  - Step 4
    Step 4

    now that you have folded it over, look at the pink stitches, sew on those sides.
    now your bag should look like a bag, or a pillowcase--one side should be open; the top.

  • How to make a handbag. Jen B.Bag©  - Step 5
    Step 5

    fold it while it is still inside out

  • How to make a handbag. Jen B.Bag©  - Step 6
    Step 6

    -the bag is still inside out
    -go two inches up from the corner and mark it
    -then sew a line across but DONT sew the corners together

  • How to make a handbag. Jen B.Bag©  - Step 7
    Step 7

    now when you turn it right side out-it should look like this

  • How to make a handbag. Jen B.Bag©  - Step 8
    Step 8

    now sew your 2 layers of crepe back satin together for the ribbon so that they have the crepe back part on the inside. like a reaaallllyyyy long pillowcase

    allow for 1/2 inch seam on both sides

  • Step 9

    sew a seam for the top of your bag so it doesn't unravel

  • How to make a handbag. Jen B.Bag©  - Step 10
    Step 10

    cut the slits for the ribbon to go through--try to get 9 on each side spacing them the way they are in the picture 2 close together, a space, ect. and then 9 is on its own

    the bow is going to come out of 1 so make sure the 1&2 on the other side are right next to eachother


  • Step 11

    now weave your ribbon through, sew the handle(s) on and put in a lining and zipper-and you're done!

    the purse i made was reversible- and i made a removable lining with lots of pockets that i could take out and wash

    there are a lot of variations you can come up with so have fun!

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Thats so so so so so pretty! You could definetly sell that on Etsy.....You'd make millions Happy
Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
I like it!!
Creativelyinclined · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 3 projects
Samantha · New York, New York, US · 1 project
thats reallyy cutee
jenny b.
jenny b. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 2 projects
its in the directions
Lyra Rose
Lyra Rose · San Diego, California, US · 8 projects
is the blue/pink crepe satin for the bow or the liner? i'm confused
Lyra Rose
Lyra Rose · San Diego, California, US · 8 projects
i love this!
and perfect timing too, i was looking to find a new bag for school Happy
Merdina · 4 projects
Wow! I wish I could sew... maybe I'll employ my sister to make me one of these for sixth form. =D
xOrElse · Split, Split-Dalmatia County, HR · 11 projects
It's very beautiful and ofc unique. <3 I love it Happy
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 378 projects
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