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Thread: purses/handbags

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    I've had enough quilting for a while and I wonder if anyone has branched off into making handbags. I've made 28 queen-size quilts for all of my kids, grandkids and great grands. There are so many beautiful handbag patterns available, but I've never tried one and wonder if it's all that difficult.

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    There are easy handbag patterns and hard ones just like with quilts. I love making tote bags, and have recently bought a few purse patterns. Go for it!

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    After you make 1 or 2 bags, they are really easy.

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    I agree, it is hard in the beginning but it gets easier. :) Alot of people seem to like the bowtucks handbag. :)
    Quote Originally Posted by bstock
    After you make 1 or 2 bags, they are really easy.

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    I had some fabric that I was dying to make into something and a quilt was just gonna take too long. Needed instant gratification! lol So I made a purse and posted it... (with pics)
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-106170-1.htm

    p.s. - it was an easy pattern, too

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    Wow, that turned out really nice :)
    Quote Originally Posted by peggymunday
    I had some fabric that I was dying to make into something and a quilt was just gonna take too long. Needed instant gratification! lol So I made a purse and posted it... (with pics)
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-106170-1.htm

    p.s. - it was an easy pattern, too

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    Search bags and totes there are some good ones on here.

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    I make them in between quilts. I have some favorite commercial patterns but usually just "wing it".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakermom
    I make them in between quilts. I have some favorite commercial patterns but usually just "wing it".
    Like you, I like to make them in between quilts. Gives me a break from large quilts and can usually be made in a short amount of time. The last one I made was with grommets to thread the handle thru. It's a nice size and I get a lot of complements on it. ;-)

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    I love making handbags. When I finish a quilt I usually make something different like a handbag or quilted jacket.

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    I make a lot of bags. My daughters sell them to their friends and coworkers. I am working on an order for 6 table runners for a woman that works with one of my daughters. I have lots of quilts and want to make more someday, but the high cost of fabric is a real downer.

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    I've made a lot of Bow Tucks bags ... they are fun and easy to make and I like the finished results ... but I'm ready to try a different pattern.

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    There are TONS of free patterns as well as tutorials online. Try, all people quilt, (they have purse patters too, Sew mama sew, henrettias handbags, the list goes on and on, type in handbag, purse,or tote tutorial too, lots of people have free ones on their blogs.
    If you want a really cute very easy to understand pattern to buy, I really like the Joan Hawley "lazy girl designs" they make up in less than two hours tops and have lots and lots of pockets!

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    I love making totes, purses, wallets and all kinds of bags I teach quilting/sewing at a LQS. One of the ladies that works there calls me the bag lady because I'm always making them.

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    http://diybaglover.blogspot.com/
    Some nice ones here ;-)

    I mostly just wing it though. I carefully examined a leather backpack that I have and then made one form some home dec fabric.

    I have had the bow tuck pattern for quite a while but still need to make one.

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    I am searching for an easy purse patttern to...I don't know why I am so chicken to make one....I may try to do one today.

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    I found this link...I like the looks of this purse and it looks very simple. http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_ha...er_bag_tu.html

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    I've got two more quilts to finish and I'm taking a break. Might do some tote bags that are heavy enough to take to the store. Seems like in the summer I just can't deal with quilting.

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