Sew a handbag from old jeans or any fabric



Hello, readers of my blog «I sewing machine!». The topic of today's article - Sew a handbag from old jeans or any fabric.

The purpose of this master class:

1. An example of «artistic recycling» unwanted tissue.

2. Build a clear algorithm, following which, any skilled worker, familiar with sewing, you can make a out of any fabric, using the minimum of materials and tools.

3. Just a small experiment to decoupage on the skin.

So, let’s begin. I’ll be sewing a purse the daughter of her jeans that got too short. By the way, I had the leg bottom, so that from the top of the knee will turn out summer shorts.


The main problem of the handbags made of fabric, is the lack of rigidity. In order that the purse was kept in the form required hard paste. In this capacity I will serve as a soft plastic cutting Board. These can be bought in the store of Fisk-price. They are sold in two pieces in the package. Either there you can also buy plastic wipes under hot, they are Packed even three pieces.

Mark up a napkin with a felt pen or marker. My purse is the width 22 cm, height 16 cm, 6 cm and left to dry. Enough for me. If your handbag will be more, you’ll need two napkins. The remaining long strip is also useful — it will then break seal for valve bags.


The cut parts and rounded all the corners:


Next, prepare basic detail for body bags. Length of this part is equal to the length of three plastic rectangles, arranged with a small gap (2-4 mm), plus allowances for seams. I got 41 details, see Width equal to the width of the plastic (I 22 cm) plus the width of the bottom (I 6 cm), plus allowances for seams. My width is 30 cm.


This basic detail bags you can get from a piece of fabric or to gather from scraps, using different patchwork techniques. Most importantly: a) glue glue dublerin or protegat with synthetic padding the fabric if it is thin and stiff enough, and b) to then cut quilt block exactly the right size, observing square corners and parallel opposite sides.

When ready the main detail for the same size cut out detail lining. I have this very thin cotton cloth. So I taped it for rigidity and strength with dublerin.


Pocket inside the bag just has to be. :) At least one. Offer you one of the options for simple sewing zippered pockets. Fold lining fabric in half face inside. As seen in the photo, my fabric adhesive bonded interlining — hard pocket is better behaved. Twice we put the cloth to his pocket and from the outside, and inside looked beautiful. Cut out a rectangle the size of your pocket plus seam. Don’t forget your pocket should be wider or higher handbags. Build size plastic parts of the side walls.

Laid stitch, leaving one side of the hole for reversing. Think about tacking to remind not worth it, right? Cut the corners close to the line.


Gut-wrenching detail of the pocket. By the way, remove the corners, pushing from the inside with scissors, a stick, etc. — unprofessional. :) You can accidentally poke a hole in the corner through and through, because there the fabric is cut close to the line. Better to do it with the help of needles with front side pick up the fabric by the tip of the needle as close as possible to the area and pull outward. Several movements and the area gently and carefully straightened.


Otpaivaem pocket detail. Prepare the zipper it needs to be 1-2 cm shorter than the pocket. Cut edge of the ribbon aplause lighter (the zip at C/b now the braid will not meet often). Two small pieces of fabric to sew onto the ends of the zipper.


Please note zipper with «plugs» on the ends of should get exactly the length as the pocket.


Blend pocket detail with a zipper and laid the line.


The details of the lining of the bag with pins mark the position of the entrance line to the pocket. Apply detail pocket to the wrong side and you even did the pocket upside down. Combine the line of the zipper teeth with pinsmarkers. Lined, secured with pins, paved line.


Turn down detail down pockets, fasten with pins and laid the line on the three sides. That’s all. Pocket ready.


Foldable portions of the upper and lining of the handbag a wrong side to each other. Attaching right in the middle of the plastic part of the bottom, mark the line with chalk and laid two lines. The distance between the lines should be wider than the plastic bottom on 2-4 mm.


In the resulting plug-in drawstring plastic part of the bottom.


The top line of the purse (where is the entrance in the handbag) zavturove on the width of the seam allowance. And exactly in the main part as well zavturove allowances on details of lining.


Now it’s time to think about the valve if it is in your handbag conceived. The benchmark we again will serve as the plastic side panel. It is possible directly to trace on a sheet of paper and use this circuit for the construction of the pattern of the valve. Valve width exactly equal to the width of the plastic sidewall. The height of the valve as desired. I have the valve is small, only 12 cm.

The part of the flap which is sewn to the purse — just a straight line. Is it possible to make narrower a little valve to this line.

Form a movable part of the valve depends only on your imagination. Straight, rounded, oblique — whatever you want. I have the corners rounded.


The pattern of the valve cut two parts the front and the lining. From the front can again have fun — — one detail, patchwork blocks, applique anything you want. Don’t forget to glue or protegat if the fabric is soft. Lining detail also the sizing dublerin for rigidity. I’ve even taped two layers.


I have the flap is embellished with frills — handbaggirly. So I cut out two pieces for the ruffles and bends the outer edge on each. Iron.


On the parts of the lining of the valve I note symmetrical points, between which are sewn ruffles. Evenly distribute folds, securing them with pins, and lay the line close to the edge just to secure the folds.


The same is done with the second part of the frills. Only line now lay exactly across the width of the seam allowance. At this stage it is important not to get confused which side to sew ruffles so as not to sew them wrong side up.


In the case that both parts of the valve you have of a fabric, the next step you miss. I tuck the allowances of the lining of the valve and fix them a basting. And then another, and stripped. I’m doing all this because I have the upper part of the valve will be leather with a cut edge, so I cut it without seam, exactly the pattern.


Perhaps the height of your valve was so hard quilted or something is sealed that you no longer need to add stiffness to the valve. In my case it is not. Therefore, from the balance of the plastic doilies I cut out a gasket for the valve. Please note — its height should be no more folding of the valve. That is the place of the rear waist to desired length and the location of inflection of the valve will leave without the seal. And on the outer perimeter plastic cut 3-4 mm below the plastic was a bit smaller than the valve.

Again I remind you that if your valve components all fabric, then you have the seam is now straightened and not bent like mine, a frill, if it is still bent, and lies in the plane of the lining of the valve.

Plastic applied to the underside of the lining of the valve. Can glue or fasten with a few stitches. I didn’t do it. The proposed mounting point magnetic buttons and install them.


Next, I put a leather detail top valve and paved line. If you have a tissue valve fully, then put the details of the valve face-to-face and scribble on the perimeter, leaving a hole for turning. If you had sewn ruffles, then scribble on the side of the lining, where visible stitching sewing ruffles go straight through it.


Turn and stripped the valve. Say place sewing of the valve to the main part of the bag 3-4 cm below the top edge of the bag. Please note, sew the flap only to the facial details, the lining is bent to the side.


If your purse valve is not provided, then this step is to sew the zipper to the top edge of the main part. The lining is not yet sew. Lightning should not reach the side seams of the purse.

Now you can finally collect the body of the purse. Foldable purse person inside. On the bottom lay the folds, as shown in the photo. Benchmarks serve to crease the lines that we laid earlier.


Sew side seams, cut the allowances, leaving 0.5 cm, akantovye seams with bias binding. Operation edging is often found in workshops, so will not discuss them in detail here.


Gut-wrenching purse. Thanks to the fold at the bottom, get these beautiful corners of the purse. You can certainly do without it. Just sew the side seams, and then sew the corners.


The next step is to insert the plastic piece between the main fabric and the lining. One detail — in the rear wall of the bag, one in the front.

In the end, I regretted a little bit that is not used sintepon. I think it would be better if I wrapped the plastic parts in the batting, securing it with a stapler around the perimeter. Well, or you could protegat basic detail on the batting.


Now you can fake method to find the attachment second halves of the magnetic buttons. That is, the foldablebendable bag and valve, as it is conceived, and mark the points we touch are installed on the valve buttons. Set the magnets, don’t forget to grab a mustache and plastic.


If you have a handbag with zippers, then now you can manually sew the lining to the zipper.

I will join the lining and main fabric at the top edge of the bag by machine stitching. Plastic, of course, a bit of a hindrance, but the task is still doable. If you do not want to suffer sew the lining manually hidden seam.


It would be possible to give the bag and a form (especially if the handbag with zipper and without valve):


But I have another idea. I want the top corners were tucked inside. So tightly wrap around the inserted in the walls of the plastic and set polyteny, fixing their folds. Denim fabric is quite friendly with golytely. If you are not suitable by design or just no hallatrow to fix these folds can be hand-stitches. Awl protegee 3-4 holes in a row and manually do the setting. Offer manually, because the machine may refuse to stitch such a thick place, and even with the plastic inside. But you can try.


My handbag is with strap. So it is necessary to come up with a mount for it. On the back side of the bag, sewn in the corners of the valve I is attached by a leather loop with golytely half-rings. In the half-ring threaded strap. Carbines have my daughter live well, but not for long. Therefore, do without them. Will only buckle-control the length of the strap.


And now the promised little experiment on the «decoupage». I really like the lining fabric. I wanted to decorate with motifs from this fabric flap bags. I am far from decoupage, absolutely do not do. Maybe because not trust glue PVA. I think he will still peel off the skin.

Glue the fabric motifs to the skin I decided naritaweg glue. This adhesive is known to practically everyone who works with leather. It is designed for bonding skin-to-skin or skin with other haberdashery materials.

To start with I tested. On pieces of skin, experiments were conducted on gluing with PVA and using naritaweg glue. With a sample of PVA was able podkovyrnut the edge of the glued parts, and then it all went to film. The other sample edge was kept tight.

So, sticking with Nairit.

Wipe the valve with alcohol to at least some degreasing. Grease the bonding thin layer of glue, apply the cloth, cover cloth top a layer of adhesive, expelling air bubbles and levelling a cloth tassel. Carefully the entire fabric of Samusocial glue, but without excessive fanaticism for the footprints we leave quite a bit, so as not to spoil the skin. The glue dries transparent, but it has faded to a dirty yellow. So for white skin is not suitable for. But I have the color «dusty beige», it is difficult to hurt.

Give the glue dry for about 20-30 minutes. Then heat over all the surface of the adhesive with the hair dryer:


Need to warm up the skin and glued the motifs have become excessively warm, almost hot. And immediately on hot place on top plastic bag and squeeze well by hand. My guess is that this simple action is to remove remaining air and to be «imprinted» into the skin tissue. The package need to not stick to the valve arm.


And quickly (but carefully!) remove the film:


Well, it is ready:

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How long will this «decoupage«, shows operation in harsh environments. What could be tougher tender children’s hands can not even imagine. :)

At the end of this opus, I would like to make one clarification. This master class talks about how I make my leather bags. This is just an attempt to simplify the process of making bags from fabric. The spices themselves can do everything. I tried to focus on beginner seamstresses who can’t handle the volume of work and the complexity of some operations. I would be glad if someone my advice will seem useful.

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