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Anything Bag

Added Jan 8, 2011

by shanimals

Vancouver, Canada






I made two of these for Christmas gifts (out of the same material). One was for my sister-in-law as she just had a baby and I thought it would make a good baby bag for her when she doesn’t want to carry around a typical baby bag. Turns out I was right, and she absolutely loved it and used it practically right away! The second was for my very good friend, as she is rarely home and always carries tons of stuff with her, and now she can do it in style! I haven’t given it to her yet, but I’m sure she will love it!
This bag was extremely easy to make, and could easily be whipped up in a matter of hours. The most difficult part was pinning through the leather, but I managed to make it through with minimally sore fingers.
I love this bag so much, I just might make one for myself too :P
I got a tip from another burda member who made this bag and used a leather skirt she found at a thrift store. I think that is probably the most economical way to go!

Material Notes

Up-cycled leather, heavy cotton shell, cotton lining




Garment Type
Cotton, Leather/Fur

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.27 AMby Alexandra Huang

    Really nicely done :)

    May I ask… this may be a dumb question but… I’m attempting to make this bag and I’m a amateur at sewing, so I was wondering how to attach the side panels to the bag hah…

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      Dec 18, 2011, 04.40 AMby shanimals

      For the side panels, you just place one panel on top of the main body part, right sides together and sew it on (before you attach the bottom), and then repeat for all 4 seams. It’s very easy, I hope that helps! make sure you’ve already attached the side pockets and triangle leather pieces though!

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    Apr 11, 2011, 04.42 AMby mariapini

    I love the fabric! The bag looks like something from a high-end boutique. Gee, I wish I was one of your friends! LOL

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      Apr 11, 2011, 06.09 PMby shanimals

      haha thanks! The bag was really easy to make, and if you can score a nice leather skirt from a thrift shop, it can be pretty cheap to make too!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 03.29 PMby wildflower31

    I am looking for a fashionable gym bag and this is perfect. Thanks.

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    Jan 9, 2011, 04.56 PMby Rikka Walters

    Chic bag! What did you use to make the bottom so stiff and flat? Was it just the structure of the leather?

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      Jan 9, 2011, 08.58 PMby shanimals

      Nope, the leather was actually quite thin and very soft! The pattern says to use a thin plastic sheet or a piece of cardboard. I used a thin piece of plastic because I think it’ll last longer than cardboard.

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      Jan 11, 2011, 05.49 PMby Rikka Walters

      oops, I accidentally marked your kind reply as “inappropriate”. Hope that doesn’t cause problems for you. I simply wanted to reply in turn. I’ve had success with using plastic canvas in place of cardboard in handbags.

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    Jan 9, 2011, 05.20 AMby mad14kt

    CUTE bag! I love the fabric!

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      Jan 9, 2011, 08.58 PMby shanimals

      Thanks! That was an Ikea find, haha. They have great prints! (and relatively cheap, too!)

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