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aguywhosews
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Date: 5/18/11 4:29 PM

I'm looking for beginner handbag projects but hopefully something that still is modern w/today.

anything?

thanks

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Date: 5/18/11 4:37 PM

Two words: Amy Butler. I love her patterns. She has a book out on bags. Awhile ago, I posted a bag pattern that I made. The pattern instructions were very detaileed. I loved it!

aguywhosews
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Date: 5/18/11 4:38 PM

thanks so much, I'll def. look her up.

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Date: 5/18/11 5:48 PM

Check out Nicole Mallalieu's patterns. You can buy them through Pattern Review, or check out her website here:
http://www.nicolemdesign.com.au
You can see the patterns there (which are rated according to their difficulty), and read the various tips and tutes for getting a good finish.
The beginner bags are here: Beginner Bag Patterns

Nikki's pattern instructions are fantastic - lots of pictures and diagrams to guide you through the process.
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Date: 5/18/11 6:12 PM

There are some wonderful free patterns that I have made, including

Machen Machen wasp bag

machenmachen.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/machen-machen-wasp-bag.pdf


Artsy Crafty Babe Pleated Tote

artsycraftybabe.typepad.com/tutorials/pleated_tote_pattern.pdf

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Date: 5/18/11 8:03 PM

Good tutorials on this site:
How to Make A Handbag

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Date: 5/18/11 8:23 PM

Lazy Girl Designs are fun, and have good instructions, with some really nice, creative embellishment ideas. They are contemporary, and the website is good too. I have also seen her demonstrate techniques on a couple on youtube videos, and that was fun and helpful.

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Date: 6/17/11 3:25 AM

This cosmetics case might be a good pre-purse project.
Destashification Make-Up Bag

It includes tutorials for:
2 different zippers (a lined curved top and another inside in the lining)
pockets
gusset
lining
quilting

Most purses/handbags incorporate two or more of these elements into their design, so this makes a great (and useful) practice piece!

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Date: 6/17/11 11:27 AM

I like this site for handbag making: U-handbags Not that I've made any of course:) . There are some free bag-making tutorials here and some useful tips too.

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Date: 6/17/11 12:13 PM

Also, there are lots of cute bag patterns on etsy by independent designers.

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