The Smart Handbag 

Be Smart. Don't change your handbag, just change the cover!



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Pattern #201- Julie Smart














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Materials list for handbag:  
  • 1/2 yard vinyl for the bag - 16 or 20 gauge.  If the gauge is not specified, get the thickest you can find.  Most fabric stores carry this as a tablecloth protector.
  • 3/4 yard fabric for the cuff, handles, and channels.  Medium weight, home-dec type fabrics such as twill or denim are recommended.
  • Thread to match the above fabric.
  • Optional - 1 1/3 yard light weight fusible interfacing if using quilt weight cotton for the cuff.
  • 6 inches hook and loop tape (Velcro).
  • Polyester boning (1/2 inch wide) - 1 yard for the purse size bag, or 1 1/4 yard for the tote.
  • 1 magnetic snap.
Materials list for reversible covers:
  • 12 inches hook and loop tape (Velcro)
  • 1/2 yard fabric of 2 different cotton fabrics
  • 3/4 yard light weight fusible interfacing

Supplies needed:
  • Rotary cutter and mat with marked measurements
  • Acrylic ruler
  • Teflon foot for your sewing machine
  • 90/14 leather needle
  • Miniature spring clothespins (available at craft stores) to hold vinyl instead of pins
  • Pink hair set tape (available at beauty supply stores) to mark the vinyl
  • Permanent marker to mark the cutting lines on the vinyl
  • Marking chalk
  • Optional, but very nice to have: Sew-Slip (this is a non-stick sheet that is put on the bed of your sewing machine during free-motion quilting to help the quilt slide better).  We won't be doing free-motion sewing, but this will help the vinyl not stick to the sewing machine.




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