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Cute and Functional Handbag!
This collage handbag is based on the tutorial given by Cdyney W. I made it bigger but for the most part it is pretty close to her tutorial.

Posted by Katie H. from U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, United States • Published See Katie H.'s 11 projects »
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  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take an 8 1/2" X 11" piece of colored paper.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut off an inch from one side, making the paper 8 1/2" by 10".

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Gather a ton of colored magazine paper (cut in squares and rectangles) and place in a big pile.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Start glueing your magazine pieces to your paper, to form a collage. Cut off any excess magazine papers hanging off the edges. Once finished it should look like this.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now, fold the paper about 3 inches, like so. This will be the flap.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut a new piece of paper 5 1/2" by 10". And do the same as you did in step 4, making this a collage too.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Once finished it will fit perfectly inside your first collaged page.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now time to add expanders. This will make the bag be able to open larger so you can fit more things inside. Cut two pieces of colored paper 5 1/2" X 3". Collage these papers as well.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now time to start sewing! Place the expanders in a clear plastic sheet protector.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut out the plastic around the paper and sew around the edges. I used white thread with a zigzag stitch but feel free to pick whatever thread or stitch you prefer.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Put the smaller collaged paper the one that is 5 1/2" by 10" in a new clear plastic sheet.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now take one of the expanders and place wrong sides together and sew along the edge.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 13
    Step 13

    Sew the other expander to the other side and fold the expanders in half, also cut off the excess plastic, and it should now look like this.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 14
    Step 14

    Sew one side as pictured you can sew both if you please but it is not necessary.
    This picture is of the backside of the photo in step 13.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now, pick up the biggest collage paper and make rounded edges on the folded side. I would recommend practicing on an extra piece of paper before actually cutting the collage. Place in clear plastic bag.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now this is the hard part. Place the piece you just sewn with the expanders attached and place with the wrong sides together, under your larger collage piece. make sure that the long edge that you had sewn is facing you. Also make sure that you only get the one side of the expander while sewing and not both.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 17
    Step 17

    Sew all around the edges and dont forget the other expander on the other side. And cut off excess plastic.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 18
    Step 18

    The last thing to sew is the bottom. Just sew it straight across.

  • How to make a paper clutch. Multicolored Collage Handbag - Step 19
    Step 19

    You are now done sewing! One step left, place velcro on the flap, this keeps the handbag closed. Yay!!! It is finished!

    Feel free to leave comments and questions!

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m.s.k.
m.s.k.
This is awesome <3
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miss cookie
miss cookie · Roma, Queensland, AU · 15 projects
wow this is really cute and retro
and great job on the tutorial
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