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funky handbag with hidden zip and inner pocket
This is a birthday present my my best friend. It didnt turn out quite how i wanted it to but hey it doesnt look too bad :)

Posted by Ani W. from Germany, Pennsylvania, United States • Published See Ani W.'s 17 projects »
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  • How to make a shoulder bag. Spotty Dotty Handbag - Step 1
    Step 1

    Okay time to start measuring! Grab your ruler and chalk and lets go!
    you need to cut out:
    a) 56x23 cm of exterior 1(white with blue dots) X 2
    b) 9x38 cm of exterior 2(blue with white dots) X 2
    c) 36x7 cm of exterior 2 X 2
    d) 21x15 cm of exterior 2 X 2
    e)56x23 cm of lining X 2
    f) 9x38 cm of lining X 2
    g) 7x38 cm of lining X 2
    h) 4x38 cm of exterior 2 X 2

    btw i hadnt cut everything out yet...sorry!

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Spotty Dotty Handbag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Grab 1 piece of a) and one of b). Pin them together right sides facing. Add in pleats so they are the same length at the top. Now sew them together. Take out the pins and press the seam flat and the top of the pleats. Now do this with the other a) and the other b).

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Spotty Dotty Handbag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Match up the seams then pin the sides and bottom. Now sew around the 3 sides. Then get a corner and pinch it like in the picture. Measure 2.5cm up from each side and match up the points. Sew across to give the bag some 3-D shape. Repeat for the other side.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Spotty Dotty Handbag - Step 4
    Step 4

    It should now look like this
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  • How to make a shoulder bag. Spotty Dotty Handbag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Okay...now onto the zip. Its a "hidden" one because you cant see it from the outside because its dropped a few cm from the top. Get one piece of c). Press it in half lengthways then open it up again. Fold one side into the middle and press. Do the same to the other side. Then fold them inwards along the first crease you made.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Spotty Dotty Handbag - Step 6
    Step 6

    okay my computer wiped the rest of the pics so we are gonna have to do without :(

    okay now pin and sew along the "open" side, then along the other side (the second side is just for decoration)

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Spotty Dotty Handbag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Repeat steps 2-4 with the lining. (remember to leave a roughly 10cm hole in the bottom for turning later on) Take both D pieces, sew them together right sides face but leave a 5-8cm gap at the bottom (for turning inside it). Now turn inside out, press, then sew onto the lining in the center. As you sew around the 3 sides, sew the hole shut.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Spotty Dotty Handbag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now you should have a lining, and outer and 2 straps, all nice and ready for assembly. Place your outer piece into the lining, right sides facing. Position the straps in between the lining and outer, and tuck them out of the way. Pin everything and sew once around the top. Double/triple stitch over the straps. Blue is the outer, pinky red is the lining, pinky pink are the ends of the strap.

  • Step 9

    okay take the h) pieces. Sew a casing for the zip. Then sew this onto the lining, about 5cm down from the top. http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2008/08/easy-tutorial---how-to-insert-a-concealed-top-edge-bag-zipper.html is a great tutorial.

  • Step 10

    Okay remember that hole we(hopefully:P) left in the lining? Turn everything right side out through that. Now top stitch around the top to keep everything in place.

  • Step 11

    Last step: Using a ladder stitch close the whole and voila, your done :D

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Meryem S.
Meryem S. · Hanover, Lower Saxony, DE · 1 project
Hi, I really like this bag but I think there are two mistakes in the instructions. No. 5 is not about the zipper but about the handles and to add a zipper you should read the tutorial first. The zipper has to be inserted into the lining, which should be one of the first steps (if you follow the tutorial).
So either your instructions are wrong or the tutorial does not match your description.
It looks fine with buttons, though...
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Ani W.
Ani W. · Germany, Pennsylvania, US · 18 projects
Thank you Sassy Happy I will try and work on explaining things in future how-tos Happy (I see it as constructive criticism and am thankful for itHappy )
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Sassy K.
Sassy K.
I really like your creation. I'm interested in making one of my own, although I find it very difficult to read your English. It doesn't make sense and it's hard to understand what you are doing when you don't have pictures of what steps you need to be taking the first pic states you weren't done cutting things out and then your pics change to drawings and are hard to read it felt like there are barriers to trying to recreate your design. Please don't feel offended insulted or sad, I like your purse I just think your way of explaining *how-to* needs some help on How-To. ^_^
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Ani W.
Ani W. · Germany, Pennsylvania, US · 18 projects
thankyou Happy just go for, it doesnt matter if it doesnt turn out how you want it to, i have a drawer full of discarded projects waititng to be retackled or turned into something new Tongue
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madeline
madeline · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 3 projects
thats super cute i love the idea of sewing but everytime i decide to the fabric or pattern just sits in the closet and i stare at it lol
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