It's All About The Bag: Designing Your Own Purse Is Fun And Fasionable

A handbag is much more than just a practical accessory – it's a fashion statement. Whether you prefer a style that's fun, funky, or elegant, you can have your own one-of-a-kind handbag when you design it and sew it yourself.

Become a bag lady

It doesn't matter if you're wearing your favorite jeans or your finest business attire, a stylish purse will complement any outfit in your closet. Making your own bag makes it possible to custom match the fabric of your purse to the clothes you already have.

All you need to get started is a sewing machine that performs basic straight stitching, a pattern, fabric, and thread.

You don't have to be an expert sewer. A purse is a fun and fast project for beginning and experienced sewers to complete.

Indulge yourself

Whether your favorite hobby is sewing, applique, fabric painting, or beading, making a purse is the perfect opportunity to express yourself and show off your talents.

Sewing your own handbag typically costs a fraction of purchasing a designer bag at your favorite department store. You can make your purse as simple or as extravagant as you like. Most purses only require about one-half yard of fabric, so the cost is minimal.

Choosing a fabric

Medium to heavy weight fabrics work best. Home décor fabrics work well and provide extra stability for the purse. They are also more durable than other fabrics. Denim and pre-quilted fabrics are also good choices.

You should avoid stretchy knits and thin cotton fabrics. A saggy purse that doesn't hold its shape won't make a very impressive fashion statement.


From bamboo rings to dressy gold chains, you will find something to suit your style and your budget. Manufacturers have embraced the creative sewing trend and offer a large variety of handles for home-sewn purses.

Handles are typically made from beads, rope, bamboo, cane, plastic, and acrylic materials. They are available in any color from pastels to animal prints. Many handles can be removed with ease and are interchangeable, so let your imagination run wild and choose several you like.

A fabulous handle can make the difference between a basic purse and one that stands out in a crowd. In fact, you may want to select a handle you can't live without first, and then select your fabric later.

Finishing touches

Hardware and notions for handbag making are numerous. Decorative pulls, magnetic snaps and buckles, rivets and eyelets, handle loops, and beads can bring a purse to life.

Embellishing your finished purse is entirely up to you. If you enjoy lots of bling, you won't be disappointed in the amount of fun items available to finish your purse.

Designing and sewing your own handbag is a fun and easy way to start your own fashion trend. When people admire your purse and ask you where you got it, you can proudly say, "I designed it myself."

For more information about sewing machines, contact Hi Fashion Sewing Machines or a similar company.