Love to make Haute Handbags with African flair? Or want to learn to make them better? You’re in the right place…Cultured Expressions’ DIY Handbag Highlights gives you the products & inspiration you need to get creative – patterns, kits, book, fabrics, handles and supplies!
Enter the “On The Go” Handbag Challenge – Now through October 21, 2016!
We’re getting some gorgeous entries — and there’s room for more — don’t miss the fun! Just send us a pic of your best African Fabric bag (handbag, tote, mini purse, etc). In the email, include the name of the maker and a description of 1 to 2 sentences, including whether the design is original or from a pattern. You can enter more than once, just send a separate email for each bag. All entries will be posted on the CE blog, and we’ll choose TWO entries to win a CE “On The Go” Gift Pack with essentials to design your next carryall project, including a copy of On The Go, handbag patterns, notions, and a fabric or two!
Email your entries through October 21, 2016! info@CulturedExpressions.com
Our Newest Bag Pattern…
The newest Cultured Expressions handbag was not only inspired by our popular SewJourns, but the strip-pieced fabric was cut from an existing quilt. Simply called the SewJourn handbag, it features our 22″ Leather Handbag Handles, which fit securely under the arm; travel docs are tucked away safely but easy to reach.
Try it as a strip-pieced work of art (strip piecing instructions are included), or choose a favorite piece of bogolan for a different look. Kuba? The choice is yours…
QUICK TIP: When attaching these handles (or even those with my own sewn tabs), I usually apply a dab of hot glue at the center of the tab to keep it securely in place while stitching around the edges of the tab. It also gives added support where the bag meets the handle, reducing stress on your stitches! — lisa
DIY Handbags – Remember the Finishing Touches…
Browse our Embellishments for brass, Adinkra brass and bead accents to complete your designs! Use them as decorative accents, zipper pulls or creative closures.
Check out Lisa’s Creative Leather Vest-to-Handbag project on the CE Blog!