Last week, I showcased a few bags from Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs. This two-part series with embroidery expert Eileen Roche features our unique approach to creating fashionable handbags. As you might guess, this week’s Sewing With Nancy online video is the second episode. You can watch it online at nancyzieman.com. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see:
First Episode Review
Earlier, in the first of the two-part series, we focused on how to embroider accents and placements for grommets, and how to easily embellish corners of the bags with the help of machine embroidery.
Why not watch the first episode by clicking here or read the blog, which details the first show, by clicking here. Knowing what’s in the first show is important before taking the next step.
Designer Bag Finishing Features
- Make handbag straps with the use of 1″ Create-A-Strap. Press it to the wrong side of the fabric. Then, fold along the perforations.
- Cut 1-1/2″ wide crosswise strips of an accent fabric. Insert fabric strip through the wide end of a 3/4″ bias tape maker; press.
- Center the folded strip over the cut edges of the strap; stitch.
- Insert the straps through the grommets and align the short ends with the edges of the fabric.
- Baste the edges together.
- Add the zipper unit. We give specific details on how to create the zipper unit in the book, Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs.
- Finish the top edges with your favorite binding technique. I like to use Fuse ‘n Bind. PS: Wonder Clips are a great pin substitute.
- Isn’t this a great looking handbag!
Thank you, Eileen, for sharing even more bags with us.
Who wouldn’t love to carry one of these feminine clutches? It’s big enough to fit a cell phone, small wallet, and tissues. If you have a large embroidery hoop, let the machine do all the pattern making for you. If not, you can easily stitch the design and then use a template to create the bag shape. What a great idea for a bride, bridesmaids, or formal event!
A little disclaimer: I took photos while making a prototype of the clutch, but didn’t take any photos after the embroidery design was fine-tuned. What was I thinking? (Rhetorical question, I know.) Regardless, during the frenzy of testing the clutch embroidery design, I didn’t place the ribbon on the design . . . I skipped that step. Oh well, you can see how to create one of these clutches while watching the online video or reading the book.
- Embroider two designs: one for the front and the other for the back of the clutch.
- Trim 1/4″ from the outer line.
- Stitch the lower seam.
- Next, the side seam is sewn to the notch marking and then the corner is stitched. The lining is also sewn, and the lining and outer clutch are met, right sides together.
- The top and side seams are sewn. Then, the clutch is turned right side out.
- Hint: An opening is left in the lower seam of the lining in order to turn the fabric right side out.
- Press the edges and then get ready to attach the hardware.
- Apply a line of glue in the purse frame; then slip the fabric into the correct position. Hint: Before applying the glue, take a test run inserting the fabric into the hardware.
Watch Designer Handbags 2, Part Two on Sewing With Nancy online.
Included with this 80-page book is a CD of all of the embroidered designs you’ll need to complete three bags and a clutch—a total of 28 designs. Eileen and I would like to give away a copy. Simply leave a comment telling us your favorite of the four bags pictured below. A random winner will be announced April 30.
Check out details on the teal/cream scalloped bag on Eileen’s Blog! Click here to read the details.