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Bags & Purses

pinkit | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi All:  My grandaughter has taken an interest in making bags and purses. I have printed off the INDEX from THREADS for articels related to Bags and Purses of all kinds.  I am wondering if anyone out there has any experience with Books we could buy or get from our library on the subject of Bags and Purses.  I think something current related to current styles is what would most hold her attention.  I would appreciate any input you can give me.  In regards to THREADS INDEX, I have all of my back issues but at the moment don’t know how far back that goes. THANKS!


  1. stitchmd | | #1

    For current styles the best thing is patterns. If you have a Joann's or Hancock near you they run frequent sales for a dollar or two on different pattern brands.

    Books take a couple of years to get printed and distributed and styles change too quickly. The younger and trendier you are the more that applies. Books can be helpful for construction or details but probably won't be her primary source for ideas.

    1. pinkit | | #3

      Thanks for reply.  We do have a Joanne's and my grandaughter was there yesterday and came home with a pattern she liked and also the cloth she thought she would like to use.  The pattern was somewhat discounted but not much.  I am trying to enlighten her to the process of getting patterns at a good price.  I agree she needs something trendy.  THANKS

  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    The current June/July issue of the Vogue Patterns magazine has an article on making bags with nice construction and materials pointers and source info. Two pages are dedicated to good photos of handbag hardware and an additional section promotes Vogue bag patterns with photos. My daughter has started making bags too and I think she will be interested in this issue.

    I bought this magazine for myself though, for the article by Claire Shaeffer on making the Reconstructed Jacket, a Chanel fringe type. I love reading just about anything she writes about sewing.

    1. pinkit | | #4

      Hi Elisabeth:  Thanks for the timely answer. Funny that you should mention the Vogue Pattern Magazine.  I gave that magazine to my granddaughter yesterday as I carry a subscription.  I am glad to hear that we are on the right track.  I want to keep her interested.  She bought a pattern and some material that she liked yesterday and I hope she finds the venture successful.  She took a short course at school her last year in high school and did very well. It looks as if the talent is there, now if we can help her develop it.  THANKS!

  3. Audry | | #5

    You might want to check out Diane Ericson's Pacific Purse Collection pattern.  Try http://www.revisions-ericson.com to see her patterns.  Both she and Lois Ericson (Design & Sew Patterns) have incredible patterns.

    1. pinkit | | #6

      Hi Audie:  Thanks for the tip.  It is so great to have people respond. We will take a look at the web site you recommended.  THANKS!

      1. Audry | | #8

        I just logged in and tried to open the revisions link.  It wouldn't work for me.  The bag pattern can be viewed at http://www.fabricsandbuttons.com/revisions.html.  Also check out all the bags at http://www.quilted-dragon.com/Bags.htm.  What a variety of patterns!  Good luck.


        1. pinkit | | #11

          Thanks Audi for updateing me on the web sites.  I checked out the site you suggested yesterday but is was not available and I did not have time to get back to you.  So glad you got back to me.  I will try to let you know how we are doing.

          1. Audry | | #14

            I just received an e-newsletter from my local Bernina shop (Bernina Connection).  As I was reading through it, there was mention of a display of Amy Butler patterns for bags.  I went online and searched Amy Butler and came up with a site displaying many bag patterns, books, and fabrics for her.  You might want to check it out.  The link is http://www.amybutlerdesign.com.  Cool bags and I am going to have to make one of those aprons!  I found the site about 2 hours ago and it led me off to various other sites including http://www.sarahsfabrics.com.  That is where I found the "must-have" fabric to make the apron.



          2. sueb | | #15

            Hi Audie,

            I'm in love with the Amy Butler fabrics too.  I just bought myself the quilt kit from this site just to get my hands on all those fat quarters at once: http://quilthome.com/default.php?cPath=30

            shop around a bit for the fabrics, I noticed that they tend to vary in price quite a bit from site to site.  sometimes you can get them out on ebay a little cheaper too.

            I've already made a bag out of some of them.  The colors in her fabrics are wonderful and the prints are fun.



          3. Audry | | #16


            Your bag is absolutely beautiful!  I am definitely going to have to purchase a bag pattern and some of her fabric.  I went to my local Bernina store yesterday with the apron in mind, but unfortunately, they did not have the pattern.  I will look online for both a bag pattern and the apron pattern.  Also, I will take your suggestions on looking for the fabric.

            Thank you for sharing the picture of your bag.  It is great inspiration to us all.


          4. sueb | | #17

            thanks so much for the kind feedback!   I love to make design and make bags and that one was inspired by a bag I saw done in lily pulitzer fabrics.   I've done several in this style and they've been very popular with my clients.    One of these days I'm going to sit down and write out all my patterns in a nice neat format so I can share them with the world !

          5. viraj | | #19


            the bag is really beautiful....

          6. pinkit | | #18

            Thanks Audie for some more web sites. Just like me when you get looking around you can't stop.  Also, I looked at Sue's bag and I agree it is truly beautiful.

  4. mariadelicia | | #7

    There are two books by Mari Mulari that have many different types of bags:Made for travel and Accesories with Style.Her web site is http://www.marymulari.com and her e-mail [email protected]

  5. liselaure | | #9


    http://www.wildginger.com/products/wildthings.htm offers a free software that you can download. I never tried it yet but I know that it allows to draft bag patterns.


    1. viraj | | #10

      hii LiseLaure

      I have checked the website. u can download the software and print the patterns of hats, purses and wraps of any size u want.. its a very useful tool..

      Does anyboday know any website, for babies clothes and accessories patterns.. pls let me know I am preparing for my nephew.


      1. pinkit | | #12

        Thanks Viraj:  Every little bit of info really helps.  I am going to give this all over to my granddaughter so that she can visit the sites.  Hope I can interest her in this site too.

      2. fabricstockings | | #13

        Are you only looking for clothes? What kind of accessories?

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