Purse making supplies

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Purse making supplies
Purses come in a wide range of different designs. (Getty Creative)

Making purses, handbags and tote bags have become a popular craft. Many at-home workers have even started selling their bags online at places like Etsy. Others have created their own patterns; these purse artists offer them as PDF files. What goes into creating a purse is sometimes common sense and sometimes quite surprising.

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Purse frames

These metal or plastic tops to a purse open and close with a click. They come in different shapes and sizes. They are used for a regular size purse all the way down to a coin purse.

Bag handles

To make your purse look more professionally made, use a bag handle instead of fabric. They come in acrylic, bamboo, metal, leather, wood, rattan, chain, and braiding.

Buckles and rings

Rings are used, generally, as a piece of hardware between the purse and a flexible handle of fabric or leather. Buckles are used both for their decorative and functional value as a way to close the purse.

Magnetic closures

These closures are like a snap except that both pieces that close the purse are magnetised. With a quick flap of the purse top, it attaches and locks it shut.

Zippers and buttons

Zippers and buttons are used as closure items on purses. A zipper may be used at the top of the purse for full closure or to close a pocket. Buttons are most often used at the front of the purse. It attaches to a flap coming over the top of the purse to meet it, and it secures the purse opening.

Purse kits

A good way to start the purse making craft is to purchase a kit that comes with all the hardware and fabric needed for the purse. It should also come with complete instructions.

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