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  • How to Become a Handbag Designer

  • How to Become a Handbag Designer

    Handbags can range from simple and utilitarian to all flash

    and flamboyant, and everything in between. If you intend to

    design them, learn both ends of this spectrum. Then, combine

    the different elements into new and different designs all your



    1 Determine whether you want to design handbags as a

    hobby or as a profession.Your handbag habits could also

    be a little of both, making handbags in your spare time to sell

    for a bit of extra money.

  • 2 Sharpen your sewing skills.

    Get a sewing machine and learn how to use it. If you're short on cash, used sewing machines can be a very

    good deal. You don't need a lot of fancy stitches or computerized embroidery to learn to sew. Ask around and see if someone you know has one you could have or borrow, perhaps in exchange for doing some mending for them. Check garage sales and thrift stores in your area, too. Sewing

  • machines are pretty durable. Ensure your machine can cope with leather if you intend to use this material for your hand bags.

    Learn to wind a bobbin and thread your sewing machine

    Learn a little hand sewing, too, at least enough to sew a

    button, though this can be done by machine. Buttonholes can

    also be done by hand or machine.

    Invest in a good pair of sewing scissors.


  • Start making your own bags from patterns. Try a denim

    purse, a tote bag, and a drawstring bag for some good

    introductory projects. Notice how the pieces fit together to

    form the shapes of the bags.

    4 Try making some of the less conventional bags. Recycled

    and reclaimed materials give their own unique character to

    bags. What other materials and objects could you turn into a

    bag or purse?

    A bra purse

  • A placemat purse

    A map purse

  • A book purse

  • A duct tape purse

    A crocheted or knitted purse

    A silk evening bag.

    A beaded evening bag.

  • 5

  • Move on to more advanced sewing techniques. Learn how

    to add zippers, snaps, Velcro, and other closures. Learn to

    line your bag, to create box-bottom bags and three-

    dimensional shapes. Learn to make various sorts of pockets

    and straps.

    6 Study bags and luggage in all forms. Look at suitcases,

    backpacks, messenger bags, purses, lunchboxes, diaper

    bags, coin purses, knitting bags, anything.

    How are they constructed?

    What fashions and styles do they reflect?

    What purposes or needs do they serve?

    What is lacking or inconvenient about them

  • 7 Learn about creating patterns. Get some scrap fabric and

    play around with it until you understand how shapes go

    together. Don't forget to leave a seam allowance. Get some

    garage sale or thrift store handbags and dismantle them to

    see what they looked like as flat pieces.

  • 8 Notice how you use the bags you have. Notice which bags

    you prefer and why. Ask to see friends' bags (this may be

    somewhat personal, so don't press). Notice what people carry

    in their purses. Should you include a separate pocket for a

    cell phone? An internal pocket for personal items? Generous

    capacity for a book or notebook?

  • 9 Explore fashions, designs, and embellishments. At some

    point, most purses and handbags are constructed along

    similar lines and what sets them apart is fashion. Notice how

    different materials and colors change the character, style, and

    feel of the bag. What makes it unique? Observe and

    experiment with the following elements.

  • Shape. Bags run from tall and slender to short and wide, and

    everything in between. How does the shape of a bag affect

    the handling and appearance?

    Color. Textiles and other materials are available in a wide

    variety of colors, but you can also dye materials, leave the

    natural color of the material, and use coordinating and

    contrasting panels or trim.

    Pattern. Here, the sky is the limit. Subtle, loud, abstract,

    geometric, floral, or simply the pattern created by the

    construction and trim on the bag.

    Material. This affects the bag in many ways, including

    appearance, handling (both for construction and use), weight,

    and feel.

  • 10 Start selling the bags you make. Start online or at craft

    fairs. You'll make a bit of money, gain exposure, and learn

    what people think of your creations. Listen to your customers

  • and give careful consideration to what they say, especially to

    anything you hear repeatedly.

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