In my pursuit of learning new things, I recently reviewed the Craftsy handbag class with Brett Bara. Although, I thoroughly enjoyed the Class, I have yet to design and construct a handbag from the instructions. I want to put a little more thought into the design. I did; however, experiment with some other handbag styles from some cool websites I found.
The first little clutch was based on a tutorial from http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2006/12/purse_frames_de.html and because I’m a visual person, I also viewed Daniela Tabois’ youtube video http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AtcuPlzixs4&feature=relmfu.
This turned out okay for a first time project but next time, I’ll use a larger frame.
The second handbag was based on another tutorial at Sew4home http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/lush-plush-trends-fabriccom-trendy-faux-leather-handbag.
I really like the way this turned out, although the upholstery fabric was not as structured as the faux leather used in the tutorial. Next time, I’ll use interface and a heavier fabric.
Finally, the third bag was based on the tutorial from about.com http://sewing.about.com/od/freeprojects/ss/clutchpurse_2.htm
This is a nice, simple design for an evening bag and it only took a few hours to make. Although, the instructions don’t specify using interface, I will use it the next time.
So, after paying $30 bucks for the Craftsy handbag class, I ended up finding free handbag instructions online.