D.I.Y. transparent jeweled handbag

This has got to be one of my favorite tutorials yet! I've always been  fan of see through, or any sort of lucite or acrylic glass item...so 90's!  I know it's been a popular trend this past year too but I don't exactly have the budget to afford the amazing 1996 Hermes Transparent Kelly bag...so what would any trendy girl in need do? Make her own!

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Materials will be as follows:

  • Vinyl PVC fabric (mine was 20 gauge)
  • Scissors and Sharpie
  • Paper and tape to make a pattern
  • Sewing machine
  • Assorted jewels
  • E6000 glue
  • Skinny duck tape
  • Straight edge
  • Extras: I bought hardware for my bag (the front turn closure, purse strap and D rings..I got all mine from Joann Fabrics!)

 

So whenever I start a project that deals with fabric I usually mess up. Yes, it's true. And then I waste a ton of fabric and have to buy more and usually the second time around it goes well but I'm trying this new thing where I think it out first, then cut the fabric! My plan was simple. I made a paper pattern of the pieces I would need to make up my purse, that way I figure out all the kinks before cutting through my fabric. First thing was first, I figured of what style of purse I wanted to make, the measurements, and all other details I wanted to include.

So whenever I start a project that deals with fabric I usually mess up. Yes, it's true. And then I waste a ton of fabric and have to buy more and usually the second time around it goes well but I'm trying this new thing where I think it out first, then cut the fabric! My plan was simple. I made a paper pattern of the pieces I would need to make up my purse, that way I figure out all the kinks before cutting through my fabric. First thing was first, I figured of what style of purse I wanted to make, the measurements, and all other details I wanted to include.

After I made my pattern pieces i set them on top of my vinyl fabric. I knew my paper pattern wasn't exact and straight so I used my level (as a straight edge)  and my Sharpie to transfer and outline each piece onto the PVC fabric making it as precise as possible. 

After I made my pattern pieces i set them on top of my vinyl fabric. I knew my paper pattern wasn't exact and straight so I used my level (as a straight edge)  and my Sharpie to transfer and outline each piece onto the PVC fabric making it as precise as possible. 

Next, cut out all your pieces. I invested in a pair of superb and specific fabric scissors that make nice clean lines and make it really easy to cut through any fabric. (I highly recommend getting a pair if you are going to be doing any sort of sewing project)

Next, cut out all your pieces. I invested in a pair of superb and specific fabric scissors that make nice clean lines and make it really easy to cut through any fabric. (I highly recommend getting a pair if you are going to be doing any sort of sewing project)

Okay so sewing machine...This can be tricky for some people but I swear this project and the sewing machine is very simple! However, if you are nervous you can also use a strong glue for this tutorial! Okay, back to the sewing machine for those of you who are going to use this method, I used a simple straight stitch and put the size at 1.0 (a very small stitch) that way I feel it's a little more secure. *Note: I did not use a back stitch on any part of my bag..Using a back stitch on this fabric actually makes more holes in it, thus ripping the fabric. Also,  I know I wont be holding a ton of heavy items in this bag so it's not really necessary anyways!

Okay so sewing machine...This can be tricky for some people but I swear this project and the sewing machine is very simple! However, if you are nervous you can also use a strong glue for this tutorial! Okay, back to the sewing machine for those of you who are going to use this method, I used a simple straight stitch and put the size at 1.0 (a very small stitch) that way I feel it's a little more secure.

*Note: I did not use a back stitch on any part of my bag..Using a back stitch on this fabric actually makes more holes in it, thus ripping the fabric. Also,  I know I wont be holding a ton of heavy items in this bag so it's not really necessary anyways!

When all your pieces are put together (depending on what "style" you made) you'll have something that looks like this!

When all your pieces are put together (depending on what "style" you made) you'll have something that looks like this!

So after the fact I decided I wanted a pocket on the front of my bag..Grr. This was hard to do after the fact because on my machine I couldn't fit the fabric under the machine far enough to sew it on. Fail.. BUT, being crafty, I found a solution! I bought this skinny duck tape at Joann's (they also have it at Walmart) and bordered it around the pocket to hide my ugly mess from the sewing machine. I used my E6000 (amazing!!) glue to glue on the rest of the pocket and voilà! To put on the silver turn lock hardware I simply followed the instructions that it came with and it was super easy. I just needed a tiny screwdriver (like and eye glasses one) and then you put the pieces between the fabric, screw it on, etc.. It's very easy. 

So after the fact I decided I wanted a pocket on the front of my bag..Grr. This was hard to do after the fact because on my machine I couldn't fit the fabric under the machine far enough to sew it on. Fail.. BUT, being crafty, I found a solution! I bought this skinny duck tape at Joann's (they also have it at Walmart) and bordered it around the pocket to hide my ugly mess from the sewing machine. I used my E6000 (amazing!!) glue to glue on the rest of the pocket and voilà!

To put on the silver turn lock hardware I simply followed the instructions that it came with and it was super easy. I just needed a tiny screwdriver (like and eye glasses one) and then you put the pieces between the fabric, screw it on, etc.. It's very easy. 

I was going to stop there but then when I was in Joann's I found these cool all black gem stones and THEY WERE PERFECT.  I was so excited. So I played with them a little and figured out a pattern I wanted to make with them on the front of my bag to pizazz it up a bit!

I was going to stop there but then when I was in Joann's I found these cool all black gem stones and THEY WERE PERFECT.  I was so excited. So I played with them a little and figured out a pattern I wanted to make with them on the front of my bag to pizazz it up a bit!

I used my E6000 Jewelry and Bead glue to stick these on and just gave them a little time to dry completely.

I used my E6000 Jewelry and Bead glue to stick these on and just gave them a little time to dry completely.

I purchased these D rings to use on my bag to hold the strap on (it looks so much more professional!) I cut two tiny pieces of my see through vinyl fabric to attach the D rings to my purse. 

I purchased these D rings to use on my bag to hold the strap on (it looks so much more professional!) I cut two tiny pieces of my see through vinyl fabric to attach the D rings to my purse. 

And then I just attached my (store bought) shoulder purse strap that came with these convenient  little clips so I just had to clip it on to my D rings! Simple!!!

And then I just attached my (store bought) shoulder purse strap that came with these convenient  little clips so I just had to clip it on to my D rings! Simple!!!

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And done..!!!! It was so easy to make, takes a few hours, a lot of love and some creative thought and you have an awesome new trendy bag! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you give it a try! You can always ask me questions if you need help! Ps, I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Years!

And done..!!!! It was so easy to make, takes a few hours, a lot of love and some creative thought and you have an awesome new trendy bag! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you give it a try! You can always ask me questions if you need help!

Ps, I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Years!