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5 Basics of Making a Handmade Handbag At Home

When you think about doing something creative with your time such as making a handmade handbag at home, knowing how to stitch and sew is a task for afterwards. The first thing you need to understand and gain knowledge of is materials and accessories you will need to accomplish make the final product.

5 Basics of Making a Handmade Handbag At Home

1. Important Components

Before you start fusing together the various components of your handmade handbag, study about its design. Find out what different kinds of pockets, handles, shoulder straps, zippers, flaps and fastening systems you would want to incorporate in the final piece.

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Before we begin this DIY for a handmade bag of your own, we need to discuss the basics of metal pieces, accessories, various hardware such as rings, clips, clasp, and spring hooks, etc.
Some other fundamental concepts of handmade bag making at home include the various materials and fabrics that are used in their creation. These materials are not just for the exterior but also for the lining part and for adding finishing touches and more to your handmade handbag.

Another major component of making handmade handbags at home is reinforcements and adhesives. Your home run manufacturing process is incomplete without strong threads and needles, sewing machines and hand held and workbench tools, dyeing and finishing products and edge finishing polishes and colors. Once you have gained sufficient knowledge about the basics of bag making, it is time to start with your project.

2. Start by Making Your Patterns

Grab a sheet of clean white paper and start designing your dream bag. Start sketching some basic derivative shapes and remember that you probably won’t be able to come up with the final design and shape in just one drawing, so keep a stack of sheets at hand and be prepared for some serious artistic moves.

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Things that could make it easier for you though are choosing a basic shape such as a square or rectangle or any other shape for your purse. This is the ideal way for beginners to start with bag making. However, if you are an expert at drawing, you can start by sketching on life larger papers and create life size designs and later cut those out to measure against the final material of your choice. Make sure to draw the accessories and zippers and embellishments as well which would allow for a better assessment of the weight and overall size of the handbag.


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3. Gather Your Supplies

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Now is the time to invest in the materials of your choice. If you are going for leather handbag, make sure to learn beforehand how to handle the smell and its texture. Other fabrics such as faux leather, denim, synthetic silks and combined materials might be easier to handle. Cut them in pieces for the base, sides and pockets and handles, etc. so they can be sewed easily later. Always make sure to some leave margin above the final measurements so as to make enforcements stronger. Collect all your accessories, buttons, chains, zippers and clasps that will go ideally with the material you choose.

4. Sew The Ends In Style

Make sure to get a sturdy needle whether you are using a sewing machine or stitching by hand. You also need to verify that your machine is designed to handle all those fabrics and materials and their double layers if need be. The sewing part shouldn’t really take long if you have some experience and the pieces are cut right.

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Always use a stronger or thicker material or double padded piece for the base. You can make your handmade handbag stronger by double stitching the edges of the base to the sides. Once you are done with the stitching part, time is now to accessorize and here you can let your imagination run wild. You have metal hardware, chains, clasps and clips for a more formal look and sparkly stones and colorful glitter and sequins for a cool and casual look.

5. Let the Strap Hang

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Your strap has to be strong and comfortable. It also has to be long enough to make the bag easy to carry. You can opt for adjustable straps as well that are readily available at a local craft store or make your own if you want a more rustic look especially for your denim bag.

Stick your embellishments with a strong adhesive and let it dry thoroughly before you hang it over your shoulder.

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