How to Become a Handbag Designer
Handbags can range from simple and utilitarian to all flash and fashion, and
everything in between. If you intend to design them, learn both ends of this
spectrum. Then, combine the different elements into new and different designs
all your own.
1. Determine whether you want to design handbags as a hobby or as a profession.
Your handbag habits could also be a little of both, making handbags in your
spare time to sell for a bit of extra money.
2. Sharpen your sewing skills.
• Get a sewing machine and learn how to use it.
• If you're short on cash, used sewing machines can be a very
good deal. You don't need a lot of fancy stitches or computerized embroidery
to learn to sew. Ask around and see if someone you know has one you could have
or borrow, perhaps in exchange for doing some mending for them. Check garage
sales and thrift stores in your area, too. Sewing machines are pretty durable.
• Learn to wind a bobbin and thread your sewing machine.
• Learn a little hand sewing, too, at least enough to sew a
button, though this can be done by machine. Buttonholes can also be done by
hand or machine.
• Invest in a good pair of sewing scissors.
3. Start making your own bags from patterns. Try a denim purse, a tote bag, and
a drawstring bag for some good introductory projects. Notice how the pieces fit
together to form the shapes of the bags.
4. Try making some of the less conventional bags. Recycled and reclaimed materials
give their own unique character to bags. What other materials and objects could
you turn into a bag or purse?