Where do you begin on your purse sewing journey? You see a really cute purse and think… hey, I can do that! You know the truth of the matter is you probably can. The key is taking simple steps and beginning with easy styles and techniques before embarking on sewing the more difficult purse designs. But you are so right; you can make anything you put your mind to with the proper instruction. Learning how to make a purse is actually quite simple.
I would recommend you finding a purse design that you really like. It helps to create something you’re interested in. If you are a person given to a more structured handbag, then a fabric tote may not be the purse for you. Perhaps a firm bodied purse would be more up your alley. That style would offer much flexibility and oodles of creativity.
If you are completely casual and laid back there are certainly purses for you too. The stylish totes for example that can be dressed up or down and feature a decorative handle. An added feature to these purses whether they’re painted or plain is the accessories you may choose to use on them. Perhaps a carved wood accent or a clay ornament or even the ornaments from a necklace.
So what do you need to create these purses? Apart from the desire which you must already have since you are reading this article is a sewing machine. It doesn’t have to be one with all the whistles and bells but one that can handle the basic forward & reverse straight stitch functions. Anything above that is gravy.
Some years ago, it may have been a challenge to find the components for making your purse but today that is certainly not the case. There are a number of stores, specializing in providing purse-making supplies for the hobbyists and the professional. Most fabric stores will have just about anything you would ever need to sew an amazing purse.
The basic items you will need are:
- A sewing machine
- Needle & thread
- Purse handles
- Purse closure (optional)
As your skill level increases and you develop more boldness and creativity, you would probably want to do a more in-depth search on your purse hardware and find or create fabrics that have a distinctive appearance. Designers like to step away from the crowd and be unique in their approach. Most ladies like to know that their accessories are not the run of the mill designs but something that is unique and reflects their personality.