It’s been a couple of days since I posted part one, and maybe some of you tried the hobo or the tote bag. Now that your dolls have shopping bags, how about something that looks a bit more like a handbag? A saddle bag or a messenger bag perhaps?
Saddle bag or easy felt handbag
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This is the basic pattern for a handbag in saddle bag style. If you use felt for this bag it’s really easy to make, but you need a bit of hand sewing. Lots of room for individual decoration, e.g. embroidery or embellishments.
The felt bag is cut without allowance. The pieces are sewn together with a simple blanket stitch. But I wrapped my thread around some green wool to create a more interesting edging, added some more threads and braided the shoulder strap. The tiny button hole slit is just a cut, and a bead works just as well as the buttons I used. The light blue bag is basicallly the same without any additional decoration.
The brown suede bag was a bit more complicated. It’s cut with allowance, and the seams are on the inside, but I added a top stitch. I also added a darker panel to the lid. It closes with a press button, the silver circle is just decoration.
Dandelion’s fringed leather bag is the large version of the saddlebag, but I used the front piece twice because I didn’t want a lid. The light grey / flowery reversible bag shows the triangular lid version. I attached rings on both sides of the front panel, so the same cord with the tassels can be tied to them to close the bag.
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This bag comes in variations as well. Walden’s felt bag is made without allowance and the pieces are connected with a blanket stitch. I added a front pocket. Judith likes her bag lined and in green and brown, and hers has a little pocket as well.
Karla’s comes with embroidery and tassels. I used the smaller pattern but added a lot of allowance, so it’s a bit larger.
The old rose bag with the suede base and straps is lined, and I cut the outside in two pieces. I measured the leather part and the fabric part and stitched them together first, so the form of the outer bag piece looked like the pattern piece again. Since I didn’t have such small buckles, I used a bit of wire. Wrap your wire around something like a knitting needle or pen twice, bend the rings in opposite directions and use a pair of pliers to create a straight part in the middle. It’s fiddly, but an easy way to create fake buckles you can actually use to close something.
I hope you have fun with the patterns and find lots of ways to create your own individual bags. I certainly had fun and went into a little bag making frenzy as you can see. My girls appreciate it :D.
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