I decided to make this bag when I was outbid on eBay for the Michael Korrs camo calf-hair Hamilton bag. Ooooh, I love that bag! I wanted it sooo bad! Then I remembered, I make stuff. So, I made this bag as a hybrid of the Michael Korrs camo bag and the Stella McCartney Falabella bag. I spent less than $20. Beat that Mike and Stella. I followed YouTuber Evelina's tutorial, sort of (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8weIhu6-LBY&index=74&list=PLBP01Y-cg0n-zgjJhP1S-tcEeWmRtNhbo). I wanted to make mine with camo fabric, not suede, which is what the Falabella bag is made of. Using fabric instead of suede is harder and more time consuming, but the choices for material is much broader.
Start by ironing your fabric. Next, fold it in half (pattern sides together). This will give you less to sew, but slightly more confusing measurements. Cut out a rectangle 12.25" by 32.5" (see picture). Pin around the three open sides.
Now you will measure and cut out 3" by 4" triangles from the corners of the bag. This is where it is slightly confusing. Because we haven't sewn anything yet, the side not folded will look longer. Remember there is extra there because you need a .25" seam allowance around all three sides.
With a .25" seam allowance, sew around the perimeter of the bag leaving a 2-3" opening. Turn the bag right side out. Iron flat.
I used a little glue to close the opening. When you add your chain this will get sewn shut, so you don't need the glue, but it helps hold it.
OK! Woo! NOW we are where most YouTube tutorials begin. Smooth-ish sailing from here.
Lay your chain around the perimeter of the bag. Whip stitch the chain to the side of the bag. Don't sew your handles down.
Now for the sides of the bag. I cut 4 pieces of fabric 4.5" by 10.5". Lay all 4 pieces together and cut rounded corners on one end. Now, separate the pieces. Lay 2 pieces patterned sides together and sew (.25" seam allowance) around the perimeter leaving 2" opening. Do the same to the other 2 pieces. Turn them right side out and iron flat.
Fold your bag in half and mark the middle. Where you marked the middle is where you want to position your side piece, rounded side down. You can start sewing there. Or, I tipped the side piece down until it lays flat and started sewing there, which is easier, but harder to explain. See picture. The technique here is a whip stitch, but not to include the chain this time. I whip stitched as close to the edge as possible, again, avoiding the chain links. Do this with both sides of the bag. Make sure you sew the second side of the bag on the correct way. I started sewing my second side onto the outside of the bag. Woops.
When the sides are sewed on, use pliers to add your chain handle where the bag will fold to make a clutch.
ALL DONE! You can use this bag as a larger boho bag or folded like a clutch! I LOVE the clutch look!
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