Friday, September 9, 2011

Sewing Handbag or Purse Projects

A handbag, or purse in American English, is a handled medium-to-large bag that is often fashionably designed, typically used by women, to hold personal items such as wallet/coins, keys, cosmetics, a hairbrush, pepper spray, cigarettes, mobile phone etc.

Types of Handbags:
  • Clutch, a small, yet long (rectangular), evening bag without a handle
  • Pocketbook
  • Satchel, a soft-sided case usually of leather, used to carry papers or books; usually has a handle and often has a strap
  • Duffle bag, a large bag usually used for travel or sports
  • Tote, a medium to large bag with two straps
  • Messenger bag, a bag with a long strap to be worn across the body
  • Sling bag, a bag with a long strap (similar to a messenger bag), yet smaller
  • Laptop purse, a medium to large bag that contains a padded interior compartment or sleeve for protecting a laptop computer.
  • Camera bag, to carry photographic equipment
  • Cosmetic bag, to hold cosmetics
  • Half moon bag, a bag shaped like a half moon
  • Muff, a winter bag made of real or faux fur, wool or velvet that has zippered compartments and a slip opening for hands
  • Shoulder bag, a bag with a shoulder strap
Make your own handbags, backpacks, purses and wallets etc... Here are some really terrific ideas for teaching textile design to teens coming soon.
  • Make a handbag from an old book
  • Make a Messenger Bag Out of Trash Bags
  • Make a Wallet Out of Tape
  • Make a T-Shirt Bag
  • Make T-Shirt Tote Bag Tutorial