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Pleated Cream Tweed Handbag Purse Tote Bag with Rounded Bottom

Added Oct 9, 2011

by Maggie Molloy

Tipperary, Ireland






This bag was based on the gorgeous pretty pinafore purse pattern by Lisa Lam of www.u-handbag.com.
I changed a couple of things with it, mainly the handles. I always think good quality handles make a bag look so much more professional so i substituted my own pattern for long tote bag straps, other than that everything was done by the book.

The pattern is amazingly simple to follow and so easy to customize. I have only been sewing for 8 months and this went together so beautifully.

Material Notes

This purse is made from a calf length vintage tweed skirt and a thrift store cotton floral blouse. Total fabric cost approx €2! Other than the upcycled fabric i used the following new materials:
vilene s250 interfacing for all the outer body pieces, sew in wadding for all the outer body pieces,
piping cord, large self cover buttons, long zipper 16+ inches.

Because the bag is made up of separate pieces, it is a great design to make from scraps of fabric or small upcycled clothes, it looks great when you make the yoke a different color than the bag body too.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Classic, Preppy, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Wool



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    Nov 7, 2011, 09.06 AMby blueskysunhigh

    Wow! Your bags are awesome! This one is my favorite. :)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 10.35 AMby Mai-der

    WOW! Incredible!!! All from thrift store!!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 02.09 AMby mandrych

    Love all your bags, great work!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 09.54 AMby suribabe

    I like it. :)

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    Oct 10, 2011, 05.06 AMby smallone

    this is so nicely done! I love your fabric choices….oh and i just read both fabrics are up-cycled…that’s even cooler.

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    Oct 9, 2011, 08.23 PMby Jelena Mitic

    Love it! :)

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    Oct 9, 2011, 08.09 PMby LadyDanburry

    So cute. I love the contrasting buttons and piping.

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