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« on: September 05, 2005 08:20:45 AM »

I have posted about this handbag in my Fashion/DIY blog, Style Bytes earlier, but I thought I'd share it with you guys as well.

I saw these reversable handbags made out of vintage fabrics in a store once. I just adored them, but they were a bit pricy for me. So I decided to make my own. I got a hold of some very cheap left over vintage fabrics, see through plastic tubes (found in any hard ware store) and some kind of curtain ropes. Then I started sewing. I thought Id share the result with you, so that you also can make this simple and cheap handbag.




I have put together a tutorial the best I could with my not so very nice drawings. Still, I hope itll be helpful, and if something is unclear, just let me know. I must also warn you that Im not a very experienced sewer, so there might be better ways of putting it together. Right side is in white and wrong side is lined.






Cut out four pieces of two different kinds of fabric in wanted size and shape. Mine is about 30 cm wide on the widest part and 30 cm high, including sewing margins.

First sew all the edges with zig zag stiches so that it wont fringe.



The next step is to sew in the top 7-8 cm. This is where the handles will go. Just fold the top edges in a cm or so, and sew on right side with regular stiches. Do this with all four pieces.



Now put the two matching pieces together with the right side turning inwards. Sew them together with regular stiches until the point where you made the top stiches. This way you will leave a hole for the handle. Do this with both matching pieces.



Put the now two parts together with the tops facing each other. Sew the top ends together on each side.

Now turn the handbag the right way, and put one piece inside the other. If you have done it correctly youll know see it being reversable.



Now youre ready to put the handles om. Use two pieces of see through plastic tubes, both on about 50 cm. I put a curtain rope inside in a matching color, but you can use just about anything. I also experienced with using left over fabric so that it would match the hangbag completely. You can also use pearls, glitter, or anything you might have lying around.

Pull the pieces through the handle holes. I didnt find a good way to fasten the ends together, but since it will be inside the bag it wont show. What I did was to make the ropes a little longer than the tubes. That way I could tie the ends together tightly. Afterwards I sewed some stiches by hand to secure it. If you find a better way to do this part let me know. To keep the shape of the handles the way I wanted it I also put inside some small knitting needles at the bottom of the handles. This way it wont strech as much when you carry it with something inside it. The bags I saw at the store where I got the idea didnt have this, so you dont have to do something about it at all.

And voila! Now the bag should be all done! With a little practice you can make them really fast.
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2005 09:18:12 AM »

the pictures are't working. Sad
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2005 09:19:52 AM »

That's weird... I can see them just fine. Any idea what might be the problem?
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2005 10:02:09 AM »

That's weird... I can see them just fine. Any idea what might be the problem?

I don't think you can use the regular image tags on forums.
Regular meaning the < >

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2005 10:20:45 AM »

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I don't think you can use the regular image tags on forums.
Regular meaning the < >

I have never done this before, but what I did was copying the image location from my blog and used the insert hyperlink-button. I previewed before posting, and I can still see the pictures. Did I do it wrong?

I tried changing the pictures from my blog though. Can you guys see them now? I need your response since everything seems fine from here. Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2005 10:35:00 AM »

I can't see anything yet.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2005 10:51:02 AM »

I went to your blog and saw the tute there and when I checked again the pics showed, so maybe my connection is slow. I am struggling to wrap my head around your tute. I love the handle idea and your bag is cute. The reversibility thing and the pics confuse me a little though. Good work ! and I like your bag.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2005 01:07:08 PM »

Yeah... I struggeled a bit with finding a good way of describing how to do it. I should have taken pics while sewing them, but I didn't think about it then...  Undecided About the reversibily thing I guess this will seem clearer when  sewing. It's easier then to see how they have to fit together to make it reversible. I'm really not sure how to put it in words (or in drawings for that matter).  Tongue Maybe someone else has a clue?

I'm glad you liked the bag though!  Smiley

By the way: Can everyone see the pics now? Since I can see them, and at least one other person can, I guess it should be OK. Really annoying though! It's my first post with pics though, so please have some patience.  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2005 11:55:14 PM »

Hi.  Can't get your pictures to come through but did see what your bag looked like on your tutorial and it is really great and I can imagine it made in all kinds of fabric for all kinds of occasions.  Clever old you!  Thank you for the tutorial.  I shall have to try one very soon indeed.  Cheers, Alita over in sunny England   david@residence78.fsnet.co.uk
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2005 11:58:12 PM »

Hi! I've had this exact same problem when posting images here on Craftster. The only way I found to fix the problem was to upload the images to the Craftster Picture Hosting and link to them from there.

I hope you can get things sorted out!
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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2005 01:58:27 PM »

I can see the pictures just fine!

I love this handbag! It's so cool to be able to have one to go with almost everything! I tend to get tired of most of my handbags for weeks at a time, but that's no problem with this one - I just turn it inside-out whenever I want, and have a "brand new" - whenever! Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2005 08:49:59 AM »

I've made another attempt, and I hope the pictures are possible to see for all of you now. If it doesn't work now I'll give up, Tongue and you can see the tutorial in my blog here in stead: http://stylebytes.net/2005/09/05/tutorial-for-the-reversable-handbag/. Photos of finished the handbag are here: http://stylebytes.net/2005/09/01/reversable-handbag/

I hope it works though!

Thanks for all the nice words by the way! Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2005 10:44:58 AM »

That's a cute bag...love the idea that it is reversible!  I'll have to add this to my list of things to try  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2005 10:50:54 AM »

I love the fabric and the size, very nice job
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2005 07:03:13 AM »

Thank you all! Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2005 08:22:32 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial.....i'm breakin' out the sewing machine this weekend to give it a try! Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2005 08:32:17 AM »

i love the fabric, and this style bag is perfect for it!  thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2005 08:52:09 AM »

I'm in love with this bag!!! One day I will learn to sew and then I will make this bag! I must!
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« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2005 11:33:53 AM »

it is very nice and stylish.. thanks for the tutorial
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« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2005 12:01:42 PM »

This is really cute and I have just the right size handle to try this.  Thanks for the tute.
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« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2005 09:04:35 PM »

greeeeeatt!! i luv the bag. thanks for the tut.

p.s. i luv ur site.
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« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2005 09:16:03 AM »

thanks Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2005 11:57:34 AM »

thats a cool idea with the ropes in the plastic tubing!

great tute too. im going to try and incorporate how simple this is and use rings/round handle- i have a bunch of plastic rings that look like wood but gave up making purses like that coz i make it too complicated!
 
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« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2005 01:32:22 PM »

Now I have ANOTHER bag I can't wait to try!
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« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2005 07:36:15 AM »

Great tut, I really love the inventive way you make your handles pure genius  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2007 06:04:05 PM »

Excellent job and the tutorial is good too, I am so going to make one of these or maybe two.....
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« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2007 06:12:55 PM »

That is so cute, thanks for the tute.
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« Reply #27 on: May 19, 2009 02:53:33 AM »

My mother in law has curtains in that lovely brown fabric.  Not so pretty over the windows but just GORGEOUS as a bag!  Loving it!
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