How to Make a Round Handbag

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 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

How to make a round handbag
What you will Need Round Bag

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″. 

How to Make a Round Handbag
Cut out your fabrics

Step 2: Fuse the interfacing

Fuse the interfacing to the outer bag pieces following the manufacturers directions.  

How to make a round handbag
Add the interfacing

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. 

How to make a round handbag
Sew the zipper

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. 

How to make a round handbag
Add the tabs

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.  

How to Make a Round Handbag
Add zipper panel to bottom

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.  

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Add the pocket

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.

How to make a round handbag
Sew the circle

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.  

How to make a round handbag
Create zipper lining
How to make a round handbag
Add the lining bottom to the zipper lining

Step 9: Sew the Lining to the zipper

Place the outer bag inside the lining bag right sides together.  Place the turned under lining zipper sides to the underside raw edge of the zipper and clip.  Sew the zipper side to just the long edges of the zipper not the ends.  You will finish the ends off by hand. 

How to make a round handbag
Add the lining to the zipper

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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  1. I have a question which is totally confusing me, the measurement around the circle is 34″ and the length of the long strip is also 34″, however when I attach the circle to the bottom/side I have at least 4″ extra on the bottom/side strip?????? makes absolutely no sense, I must be doing something wrong however don’t know another way to do it

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