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Japanese handbag

Added Sep 15, 2013

by Ellen Hatteland

Nedre Vats, Norway






I wanted to make my own handbag and bought a Japanese book! when we were in Japan last time. Since the instruction was with pictures it was not hard to understand how to manage.. I put some red silk band as decoration on the one side, and on the other side with outside pocket I have used magnetic snap.
Inside the handbag I made a little pocket for my phone and two bigger pockets on the one side, and a pocket with zipper for the lipstick etc. on the other side. I have used thick batting posts, but it was not stiff enough so I had to use heavy paper as well for the sides and in the bottom. I do love my new handbag :-)

Material Notes

Printed cotton blends and cotton inside.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Evening Wear
Cotton, Blends

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    Oct 19, 2013, 11.04 AMby yenny lee

    This is cool! I love it :D

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      Oct 19, 2013, 02.19 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s so sweet of you to say ;) Thanks a lot!

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    Sep 17, 2013, 06.28 PMby Kocotte

    very nice bag, I love it

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    Sep 17, 2013, 11.08 AMby liliv-1

    Really amazing bag, the design is gorgeous and and it looks perfectly made! I would like to try something like this but I’m not so confident!

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      Sep 17, 2013, 03.03 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Oh, I love your handbags Liliv! so I’m sure you can sew one like this :) I hope your internet is up and running – miss you here..:)

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    Sep 17, 2013, 07.03 AMby janene

    Amazing bag. I’ve been looking so long for a bag this shape in a colour/design I like. Didn’t occur to me to make one!

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      Sep 17, 2013, 02.58 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you Janene! that’s nice to hear :) I hope you will find one or maybe you decide to make one :)

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    Sep 17, 2013, 04.45 AMby smallone

    Love this its cool and edgy and stylish…and of course totally individual!

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      Sep 17, 2013, 05.58 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you very much! That’s the nice thing with sewing that you can make special things ;-)

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    Sep 16, 2013, 02.11 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    Just Super Project! You girls, made me look for a bag pattern, too:) It’s so professionally made and as always your skills to combine the fabrics are great. I hope to make at least some tote one day but looking at your work I only can speechlessly admire:-))

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      Sep 16, 2013, 02.15 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      I’m flattered Oksana..! Thank you for all the kind words :-) I’m sure you will be happy to sew a handbag too! It’s so FUN :-)

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    Sep 16, 2013, 03.36 AMby bethmaryharley

    Wow! How clever! I love the red accents on the outside – it makes the bag look so unique! I never bought any Japanese bag pattern books when I lived over there, but I wish I had now…!! :-)

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      Sep 16, 2013, 02.07 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Yes! I have to say that this book is just fantastic – I have already drawn all the patterns for 34 handbags! – so maybe I will sew some familiy gifts as well :-)

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    Sep 16, 2013, 03.19 AMby velvetribbon

    You did a great work on this bag! I love everything in it, the red lining is matching well with the color of your bag. I am sure you do love this bag and enjoy wearing it:)

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      Sep 16, 2013, 02.00 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you Hana! I have not tried using the handbag yet, but I certainly will :) Then I will find out if it’s the right size I like.. :-)

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    Sep 15, 2013, 11.47 PMby schnui

    I love your bag and it is so beautifully made. I love the Japanese bag patterns and I have several books which I am yet to use. The instructions are really good considering we cannot read Japanese. Did you know that you can buy really great stiff interfacing especially for making bags. If you have a patchwork shop nearby or you know of an online patchwork shop that sells bag patterns or kits, I am sure you will be able to purchase this really stiff but very usable interfacing. All the American patchwork sites will sell it but it is often easier to buy locally.

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      Sep 16, 2013, 01.56 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you Schnui – I will certainly look for this next time, but for this handbag I think it was ok with the heavy paper.. I love my Japanese book, so I would like to try other patterns as well :-)

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    Sep 15, 2013, 11.24 PMby Rikamekko

    Fabulous bag! I guess your japanese skill is great because you made such a great one^^

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      Sep 16, 2013, 01.51 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you Rikamekko! Maybe I have to ask you for assistance next time :-)

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