Do It Yourself Handbags

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LuEl Designs established in 2003 is a custom handbag boutique and is loved by women everywhere. LuEl creates unique styled handbags and also allows their customers to Design-A-Bag themselves. Spring 2009 at LuEl is offering Simply Chic affordable styles this season.

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Learn more about LuEl designs on our website: or Design-A-Bag yourself!

Katie Gallagher Handbags

I've been making my own bags for a few years now and have recently developed my own website to show them off to the world.

A small selection of some of the bags I've made are shown below.

Front Row Python skin clutch bag by Katie Gallagher Leather Handbag by Katie GallagherSnakeskin Clutch Bag

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Posey Patch Creations
Waverly DamaskOptic BlossomsBrown Blue Quilted Boutique style handbags and accessories. We are two middle sisters from a family of seven siblings who began sewing our own clothes out of necessity in grade school, when that wasn’t a very “cool” thing to admit to! Now it is a very chic thing to have a one-of-a-kind Posey Patch original. Make heads turn and get one of yours today!

All of our items are handcrafted by us, paying close attention to detail, assuring you a precisely tailored product.

We’re constantly searching for new and interesting fabrics and styles – that’s half the fun! Be sure to add us to your favorites and check back often as our inventory is always changing.

We love custom orders, so if you have something specific in mind let us know, we’ll let you know the final price before any work begins. See more pictures of our fabrics & other bags on our flickr page Flickr

Fufulinda's Hand Painted and Handmade Handbags

Specializing in capturing the beauty of women in and on their bags, Fufulinda's is an one of a kind find! From clutches to big carry everything bags, there is something for every woman at Fufulinda's.
Carmelo SpotsRed Scallop ClutchMetallic Scallop Tote

distressed leather bagleather ArgyleNot as talented as you would like to be? I can make custom order purses and handbags. E-mail me at I've been making leather and cloth purses for about two years.Here are two examples of leather handbags that I have made, one is my own design.
Pick a patternBe a Design Diva
The day had to come. Just as you can monogram a tank top and paint your own Thanksgiving serving platter, so, too, can you design your own handbag. It’s a budding industry, appealing to those who want something unique and particular, right down to a customized strap length.
Interested in becoming a real handbag designer? Look for some insight here at Career Style.
Or get that real one-of-a-kind photo bag. Now showing designs that are chic rather than campy. See photo bags for details.

The Wall Street Journal recently rated five of the top online do-it-yourself purse sites (“The New Bag Designer: You” by Catalog Critic Elizabeth Blackwell, May 12, W9C). The article is a handy guide, as the design-your-own bag sites are somewhat tough to find. Be warned, there are no returns on these purses and a majority of the styles lean quite preppy. More to the point, perhaps, one is not really doing a lot of designing, but picking out a handbag style from the selection of available models and then selecting the fabric (in most cases). Some designers also let you select the handles/straps, lining, and other optional features (e.g. pockets, zippers) you want. And, presto, some three weeks later, your new best friend arrives in the mail.

Have you purchased a design-your-own bag before? Click EasyEdit to add your favorite DIY handbag e-tailer, or share your experiences and advice in the comments area.

Design-It-Yourself handbags
1154 Lill Studio
Ever been to Chicago and seen some sharp looking purses that you hadn't seen before? Chances are it's a "Lill" -- a 1154 Lill Studio bag that the Beautiful fabric, charming touches, each bag matches the lady to a glove.
These are the hottest thing in Chicago, and now Kansas City and Boston where the company has opened up stores. Lots of people get their Lills online - a fun process whether one buys or just makes -- or through their popular purse parties. And, kindly enough, Lill has the Grace clutch, the sales of which go to support young survivors of breast cancer.Lots of choices here. Both the purse shape and material are varied and original. Prices range from about $60 - $150. Read more about the purses, the company, its founder on the Lill page.

Style: ANDI Style: DIANA Style: ERIKA Style: GRACE Style: JEANNE

Anna William
Charming purses, very girly. It is easy to pick up a set here, since there are a lot of smaller cosmetic bags as well. Be sure to check the dimensions listed and make sure you have a correct idea of how big or small the purse will be. For the chic mamans, the e-boutique also features a baby line of diaper bags, changing pads, and matching burp cloths.

And if you need a reason for a 1. purse and a 2. party, combine them into a purse party. Anna Williams helps hosts these with representatives country-wide. Read more about their purse parties.

Newburyport Cosmetic bag Large HamptonWristlet Backpack

Oney Designs
Good slice of bag styles and fabrics and some key customization options.

Addison Surrey Webster Grace

Sojourn Handbags
Do It Yourself Handbags - It's All in the Bag

Fewer styles (eight) to choose from but nice leather touches give this bag a real professional heft. Try the nifty software tool that let's you select a basic style and apply fabric swatches. Bags ship in three weeks.

Viv Pickle
Nicely designed bags with a good selection of styles.

Do It Yourself Handbags - It's All in the Bag

Designer, sewer and mom Amy Vaughn launched her business when she made her own diaper bag that garnered as many compliments as her cute baby. Soon, she was making bags for friends and branched out from diaper bags to purses and some children's clothes. Styles are very mom-friendly and girlish. Pick your own bag style and fabric on the Design a Daisy tab.
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Get crafty

Sew it yourself purse patterns

Do more than pick the fabric - sew the whole thing! Lots of patterns, including little dainty evening bags and weekenders. See Henrietta's Handbags & Purse Patterns.
Amy Butler Madison BagsAmy Butler Nappy Bag (Diaper Bag)Amy CovingtonRural Messenger Bagvelma bagWeekender


Let's see those bags you whipped up.
Do It Yourself Handbags - It's All in the Bag

Here's the amazing Capri Sun Purse by Avalon of Annapolis. She makes her own bags that sometimes show up at the charming boutiques of this super charming little town:

Do It Yourself Handbags - It's All in the Bag
This felted bag was made from a pattern on MagKnits that I modified. I knitted the bag from Cascade 220 yarn and felted it in the coin-operated washing machine in my apartment building. The yarn cost $6 and four trips through the washer were $4 -- can't beat a $10 purse! I have vague plans to line it and possibly add a fastener, but it looks good and works just fine as-is.

Kiaria Designs

KiariaDesigns offers a wide variety of and bags and totes, but you may not see exactly what you want. Maybe you like the shape of one bag, and the colors in another. At, you can create your own! You choose the elements you want, and designer Shawn H. does the rest. Be prepared for a beautiful creation!

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Handmade Buttons or other Closure StylesLining ChoicesHandle ChoicesShape ChoicesColors


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