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« on: December 14, 2012 08:33:21 AM »

If you were going to make a bag for yourself, what would you include?  I'm trying to decide what purse I want to make - actually one for myself that I won't give away - and I'm waffling between something simple or something that will challenge my abilities.  Obviously, I am having some decision-making issues, so any input would be appreciated.

I currently have a small purse, which has its benefits, but also its drawbacks, so I think I'm going for a medium-sized purse.  Perhaps with a zipper!
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012 05:51:28 AM »

Having made 2 whole purses ever, I'll use my fave store bought purse as an exemplar Tongue

It's silver faux leather, about 16 inches long, trapezoidal in cross section with a gusseted zipper. The carry straps are long enough that I can wear it as a backpack, which I do frequently because I cram so much stuff into it (like my work shoes). One inside zipper pocket across from a cellphone pocket that I did use when I had a cellphone, and one exterior zipper pocket.

It's not a large purse, per se, as I've seen absolutely massive ones, but I still call it my "baby smuggler" Tongue

The most I've ever crammed into it: work shoes, two hard cover books, a water bottle, and random little things in the interior zipper pocket. That was tight fit!
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2012 04:44:44 PM »

Forget about technique - instead, what's practical for you?

I have one giant tote with a book pocket, a lunch bag pocket and a pocket for my small bag (phone/wallet) that I take to work, a medium bag that can hold a book, phone, and wallet for places I have to wait (garage, dentist, or whatever), and my small bag with separate snap pouch to hold my credit cards, and pouch that has my phone and kleenex and stuff. I have the small bag on a long cross-body strap so I can be hands free.

A bag for every occasion! And I make new ones every 6 months, JUST BECAUSE I CAN HAHAHAHAHA!
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2012 05:43:31 PM »

Woo hoo!  Thank you both for your input.  I'm in the plotting stages still. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013 10:04:51 AM »

My bag is about 17" wide by 14" high by 4" deep, with a cross-body strap and a zipper closure.  One large interior pocket, divided into two, for cell phone and small stuff, plus a key fob.  Oh, and it's made of seat belt webbing, which is the strongest stuff in the Universe to make a purse out of!
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2013 09:03:15 PM »

if I were to make on for my self, I'd make one with 3 openings.. kind of like this

http://www.amazon.com/espe-Elegance-Messenger-Cross-body-Handbag/dp/B00A19TK6U.. it has 2 zippered sections and between those sections is another compartment.  

I have a vogue pattern for something similiar but I read some reviews that say it has some errors.. and I also kinda want to figure it out myself!
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2015 07:33:04 PM »

Myself, I'm a hobo-bag person. I usually add a zippered pocket and 2 or 3 patch pockets, and a key leash. An older Vogue Patterns magazine (November 2012, I think it was) had some good instructions for making purses.
But, wandering the tutorials might be a good idea. Wandering in tutes that you might not like "that style" of purse is also a good idea. Even though you're not fond of "that style", the Craftster might offer some other information that you could glean from (how to do patch pockets, or how to put in a zippered pocket, or how to add feet to the bottom (if you like a style that could handle feet).

Good luck with your purse-making.
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2016 12:11:41 AM »

My husband likes to help by bringing my purse out of the car for me.  So all pockets must close securely because he ALWAYS picks it up upside down and dumps out anything loose.

That said, I have one large center space (zippered) about 10"h x 12"w with calendar, notebook, pens, a loop for my keys (I have them on a carabiner), and anything else I might need for the day, like my e-reader.

Mounted on the outside layers of that are 2 smaller 7"h zippered pockets; one is for "money" --wallet, change, and store discount cards (on a keyring, so I can just pull them all out and let the clerk figure out which one she needs); the other holds "cosmetics"--hairbrush, tissues, lip balm, bandaids, antacids and similar.

Finally, there are 3 small velcro'd pouches on the outside of the wallet pocket for cell phone, sunglasses, and a nylon grocery tote (plastic grocery bags were outlawed here a couple years ago, so you have to bring your own).  

Translation:  I built my purse to suit my needs.  What are YOUR needs?
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