I’m not sure Lady Bracknell would approve

For sometime I have wanted to have a go at bag making , but wasn’t quite sure what materials I would need. I was delighted, therefore, to discover U-Handbag, a company that sells kits with all the necessary bits and bobs except the fabric. In the autumn I bought two kits, one for a handbag and one for a larger “carpet bag” (not made with carpet I hasten to add) as well as a couple of books.

I decided to start with the smaller bag and spent an afternoon cutting out the outer fabric, lining, interfacing and padding. There were quite a lot of pieces because of all the layers, but the instructions were clear and there was a full size pattern with all the pieces properly labelled.

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So many bits

I haven’t done much sewing for a while and some of the fiddly bits took quite a lot of concentration, but gradually it came together and started to look like a bag:

Β In fact the trickiest part was gluing the frame on – almost the last step. I got some glue on the metal and haven’t quite managed to clean it all off yet. Nevertheless, I’m quite happy with the finished item and it has given me confidence to have a go at other designs. I now also feel better equipped to assess the suitability of various (repurposed) fabrics for the different layers that give a bag structure. My friend Rachel also pointed out that it may be possible to find bags with suitable frames in charity shops that could be cannibalised for future projects. In the mean time, though, I have the bigger one to make from the second kit, with a different sort of closure.

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A handbag!

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Oh, and for those of you who don’t understand the title:

From “The importance of being Earnest”

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24 Comments

  1. She really was the ultimate Lady Bracknell, wasn’t she? Bravo on your efforts, it’s a handsome handbag, and I’m sure your next attempt will be even better πŸ™‚

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  2. A HANDBAG? Well done you, it looks great and even better if you can repurpose one from a charity shop.

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  3. Lovely bag! Cannibalising old bags is a very good idea, I’ve done it myself with various items πŸ™‚

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  4. Excellent!

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  5. I’m a fan of the cannibalising/repurposing mode of bag making myself, though nowadays stick to tote bags with no parts that aren’t fabric. What fun you will have combing the second hand stores πŸ™‚

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  6. Been baggy for years !! They can be as easy or as complex as you like. Bag Hardwear has always been scarce and hard to get. I do like Lisa Lam’s bag instructions no messing and clear. And the key to a good bag is the structure like wadding. That said I just made bento bags for knitting projects the simplest most effective bag ever. Stay baggy

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  7. I have made several bags but never one with a frame! It is easy to use quite small pieces of fabric so ideal for using up offcuts or recycling. I shall look forward to comparing notes!

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  8. I love the idea of a charity shop cannibalization to get bag bits and bobs – hadn’t thought of that!

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  9. The bag looks awesome! Use some oil to take the glue off.

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  10. Nice bag! Try acetone on the glue (fingernail polish remover). Just with a Q-tip. You probably don’t have any on hand, but likely know someone you can borrow some from.

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  11. Patricia Collins

     /  January 10, 2019

    Great workout for the Bernina. Anyone here know about morsbags? V.V. simple fabric bags made and given away to replace plastic. Wonderful for using up those pieces of material you’ve been hanging onto.

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  12. Nice! My mom made me some super sturdy shopping bags one year and they always get compliments from the checkers. Unfortunately she says she doesn’t remember how she made them. Sigh…

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  13. Nikki

     /  January 13, 2019

    Beautifully done, Mrs. Snail! What a great way to start the new year!

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