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Fun Decorations & Accessories for Handbag


I received a purse for Christmas and thought I would personalize it. I went to JoAnn Etc. and bought some quilting material. I wrapped the material around cardboard that I cut into paw shapes and then stitched them to the bag, which was approved by my pet kitten Willey (as seen below). But that was just the beginning!


I then decided that the purse needed a wallet, partially because my leather one was too large. I thought having a custom wallet would be nice to have (and it is!). I didn’t use a pattern (they become a headache) so just winged it. I think it turned out fine for a first try actually. I added ribbon and buttons and a picture ID pocket. That project took 5-6 hrs to get it all finished.

Then since I was in the groove, I made a cell phone holder. I saw an image of it online and thought, “hey, I can do that”, and so I did. The flap that covers the opening is the shape of a kitty and I sewed buttons on for the eyes and nose. To save room inside the purse and for easy access, I made it to hang over the purse strap (and it therefore got to use the button function on my sewing machine! )

After the cell phone holder, I was STILL in the groove so I then made a business card holder to match which I had been needing for a long time. The process of these projects took a few weeks to complete them all and I may not be done yet. There is material still left over so I was considering making a makeup travel bag but not sure if there is much more room in the purse for it. We will see, but either way, I was proud of my no-pattern-handmade purse accessories!


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4 Comments to

“Fun Decorations & Accessories for Handbag”

  1. On March 12th, 2009 at 11:11 am Hannah Says:

    I’m impressed! Looks great!

  2. On March 12th, 2009 at 11:15 am Matt Says:

    Why is the cat scowling at you like that? Were you terrorizing her with your camera again?

  3. On March 12th, 2009 at 11:17 am becky Says:

    no i wasn’t… she was squinting because of the flash.. that is all 🙂

  4. On May 5th, 2009 at 4:40 pm Becky Online » Blog Archive » Purse Sewing Project Says:

    […] go with my handbag accessories, I decided to make a purse.  In order to fit all of my accessories, I needed a larger purse for […]

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