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Free Stylish Useful Handbag Pattern

Stylish Useful Handbag

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
A useful handbag in the colors and size you want can be hard to find. Follow these directions and create bags to match every outfit. Materials needed:
  • 3/4 yards of fabric (or 1/2 yard for body of bag and 1/2 yard for contrasting top and straps) Note - If your fabric lacks sturdy body, pre-shrink it and apply craft weight fusible to create your own sturdy fabric.
  • 1/2 yard of 45" wide lining fabric
  • 12" pocketbook zipper
  • 6" all purpose zipper for interior pocket
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Rotary cutting tools or pattern grid material
  • Material for base of pocketbook cut to 2" by 14" - Some commonly used items are; light-weight plywood with sanded edges, light-weight Plexiglas, shower wall liner, plastic canvas

Cutting
The pieces for this handbag are all rectangles. It is important to keep the pieces "square" with perfect 45 degree angle corners. Use rotary cutting tools or 1" grip pattern making material to maintain square on the pattern pieces.

  • Body of Bag
    • Cut 2- 17" X 8 3/4"
  • Top of Bag
    • Cut 4 - 5" X 13 1/2"
  • Straps
    • Cut 4 - 1 1/2" X 30
  • Optional Outer Pocket
    • Cut 2 - 17" X 3" (Cut four if you want the outer pocket on both sides of the handbag)
  • Lining
    • Cut 2 - 17" X 8 3/4"
  • Lining Pocket
    • Cut 1 - 8" X 6"
Marking
  • On the top edge of the Body of bag pieces, measure in and mark at 4", 4 3/4", 6" and 6 3/4" from each end. These will be used to pleat the top of the body of the bag.
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