Pattern: BIG Handbag, designed by Claudia Miller
Fabric: home decor fabric by Mill Creek Fabrics for the exterior. Kona cotton for the lining.
Accessories: Japanese bag handles
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Skill(s): straight seams, curved seams, patch pocket, double-welt pocket, lined handbag, hand sewn handles, hand sewing
It's a very big bag with an interior pocket, an exterior pocket, and a wide gusset that goes all the way around the bag. It can be worn open or bunched up.
The interior pocket is divided into 3 parts and is helpful for sorting your little things, e.g. pens, gum, business cards, lip balm, prayer beads, phone. . .
The exterior pocket is a double-welt pocket and has no closure. I made it this way for easy access to my keys or my phone. It's a very handy pocket since this bag is so deep.
The handles are pre-fabricated and it's the first time I've used this type of handles. I really like them!
+/- (The good and not-so-good.)
I designed this bag myself and was inspired by a few bags I've seen online. It's so satisfying to dream up a project and then be able to create it! I am happy with the final result.
+I really like the look/design of this handbag.
+It was a simple bag to put together even with the addition of the double welt pocket and the handles.
+Handbags are a great way to sew up a project that doesn't require fitting (like garments).
+This handbag also makes for a great market or travel bag because it's big enough to hold a lot of things and pretty to boot!
-I hope to make another one but the next one will be a few inches shorter because a shorter handbag will be more practical for everyday use.
-This one is a bit too long for my liking and and has earned the name "bagzilla". Not a very pretty name for a pretty bag but a great way to describe its size!
Would you be interested in making this handbag? I'm considering putting together a pattern or teaching it as a class. Please let me know!