How to Make a Round Handbag
Sometimes you just want a bag that is a little fun but can still hold your necessities. This fun round handbag is definitely that. It is a fun bag to make and it is fun to carry. This bag is also far easier to make than it initially appears. It only requires fabric, interfacing and a zipper. This is a fully lined bag so it is as nice on the inside as it is on the outside. I rally liked putting this bag together. It was different from the normal bag that I make and came out fantastic the first time. I know that if you give this one a try that yo will love it as much as I do.
I used fabrics from JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores because I can order online and pick up in store or I can just go in the store but you can also head over to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to get exactly what you need for this bag. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and buy something I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you. As and Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Lets get started!
What you will Need: How to Make a Round Handbag
- 1 yd of outer fabric
- 1 yd of lining fabric
- 10″ zipper
- 1 yd Pellon 808 or Pellon 71F if you want a firmer bag. 71F is probably a better choice for this bag.
- 1 Strap with swivel clips
- Standard swing supplies
Step 1: Cut your Fabrics
Using a compass or a 10″ diameter plate cut three outer fabric circles, two lining circles and two interfacing circles. Cut two outer zipper top sides, two lining zipper tops and two interfacing zipper tops that measure 10″ x 2″. Create the bottom of the bag by cutting one outer bottom, lining bottom and interfacing bottom that measures 24″ x 4″. Create two D-Ring tabs from the outer fabric that measure 4″ x 4″.
Step 2: Fuse the interfacing
Fuse the interfacing to the outer bag pieces following the manufacturers directions.
Step 3: Create your zipper
Take your zipper sides and sew them right sides together with your zipper so that the zipper is centered with the sides. Do this for both sides of the zipper. Top stitch the zipper on both sides for a more professional look.
Step 4: Create your Tabs
Take the 4″ x 4″ squares and fold raw edges to the center and press. Fold in half again. Top stitch on both sides of the tab. Place the D-ring in the center of the tab. Place a tab on each end of the zipper and stitch.
Step 5: Add the bottom of the bag
Sew the bottom panel to the zipper panel right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 6: Add the Outer pocket
Fold the third outer circle in half. Top stitch on the folded edge and baste to one of the outer circles. Top stitch a line down the center to create two pockets.
Step 7: Sew the Circles
Clip one of the circles to the panel piece you just crated and stitch around the entire bag using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Open the zipper and repeat for the other side making sure the the pocket is facing upward toward the zipper. Turn the bag right sides out through the open zipper.
Step 8: Create the lining
You will create the lining in the same way you created the bag except that you will not insert a zipper. You will start by folding the zipper sides over by 1/2″ on one side of each zipper side and pressing. Stitch the zipper side lining to the bottom panel lining using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Sew the lining circles to the lining panels leaving a 3″ opening on one side for turning.
Step 9: Sew the Lining to the zipper
Place the outer bag inside the lining bag right sides together. Sew the turned under lining zipper sides to the underside raw edge of the zipper and clip. Sew the zipper side to just the top of the zipper not the sides. You will finish the sides off by hand.
Step 10: finish the bag
Sew the lining closed using the machine or ladder stitch. I like to use ladder stitch because it is invisible and is more professional. Turn the bag wrong sides out and ladder stitch the remainder of the lining to the bag. You will have to stitch at both ends of the zipper panel to the zipper. Add the handles and you have finished your new chic round handbag.
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