How to Design Your Own Handbag

By | February 5, 2014

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A perfect designer handbag can make a style statement along with other accessories. Handbags are also one of the prized possessions of every woman. One will be surprised by the number of things that a woman carries in her handbag. Fashion trends for handbags also tend to keep changing. It may be difficult and expensive to always keep pace with the changing fashion trend. So, why not make a personalized handbag?

Handbags are available in a variety of shapes like clutches, shoulder bags or totes. If you wish to carry or store many things everyday, a shoulder bag will be most useful. Totes are smaller than shoulder bags and clutches are the smallest, prominently used for fashion or carrying only cell phones or credit cards. Purses are of standard sizes and hence, can be used everyday and for different purposes.

Things Required

  • Fabric
  • Sketch book and pencils
  • Sewing equipment
  • Handles/Straps
  • Zipper

How to Make Custom Handbag

  • The first thing you have to make sure before you start to design your own handbag, is to select the type of handbag which you wish to have. It is advisable to draw a sketch or a design of the bag from all angles. Use different color combination to check how the handbag will look. Also draw pockets, patterns or decorations and zippers that you would add to your handbag. This will help you try different permutations and combination.
  • Once you have made the final draft of the entire handbag, make drawings of the bag from all sides and in actual dimensions on different sheets of paper. Also remember to prepare designs for the inner and outer pockets. You will have to use these dimensions while making the actual handbag. If you wish to have designer inspired handbags, you can get a picture of the bag and design your own handbag according to it.
  • Now, place all the drawings of the dimensions on the fabric that you have selected for your handbag. You must remember to leave some space at the sides for seams. Start stitching from the inside of all the sides of the handbag. You may have to use extra fabric to stitch the inner and outer pockets. Place a cardboard inside the base to make it tough and strong and then stitch it.
  • Now, attach the handles, straps and buckles to the outer side of the handbag. You can buy ready-made straps and handles as they are available in various designs. Also stitch the zipper between the layers of the handbag and also for the inner and outer pockets. Finally stitch along the sides and your handbag is ready.

There are manufacturers or online stores where you can design handbags and have them customized. You just have to give your choices of type, fabric and pattern, and you can get your own customized handbag! You can even order personalized or monogrammed handbags in some stores.

Instead of having designer handbag replicas, you can make handbags on your own, and channel your creativity. Once you try out making one handbag, you will be left wanting to design more. Next time, try to design your handbag with different fabrics, buttons, accessories and even embroidery. Your handbags will definitely represent your unique style and fashion statement.

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