How to Draw Purses & Handbags

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How to Draw Purses & Handbags
Drawing handbags can become a business venture. (red handbag image by Elena Vdovina from

Tutorials are available online to demonstrate how to draw purses and handbags with computer software. However, you can draw handbags by hand yourself. There are many creatively designed handbags on the market which are not labelled with famous designer branding. Start by looking through magazines and view many styles of handbags online to give you an idea of what styles are currently available on the market. Pay attention to the shapes of handbags, to include rectangular, square and oval types. Then observe details that current designers use, such as location of pockets, zippers, studs, handles and flaps. Save the page or print out a handbag on your computer printer, if you want to use a particular handbag as a basic format for your own customised style.

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Things you need

  • Sketch pad
  • Ruler
  • Colour pencils

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  1. 1

    Identify a particular shape of a purse that you would like to draw. For example, the plaid handbag listed above has a rounded or crescent shaped top and a rectangular mid section. First draw a line for the bottom of the handbag. Then sketch a rectangle from that line. Sketch the rectangle lightly. Then transform the top of the rectangle into a crescent or arc shape.

  2. 2

    Draw the straps of the handbag. Notice how the picture above has straps that begin at the bottom of the front of the handbag. Draw a long, narrow rectangular shape near the left edge of your drawing. This represents one strap. Then, draw the same shape near the right edge of your handbag. You have now completed the actual straps on the bag.

  3. 3

    Draw an arc or oval shape from the top of the bag to represent the straps. This will display the straps better than the picture above. Hold your pencil from the left edge of the left strap and draw a line upward. Then draw an upward line from the right edge of the left strap. Likewise, hold your pencil from the left edge of the right strap and draw a line upward and also draw an upward line from the right edge of the right strap. Proceed by drawing two arc shapes: one will connect the inner lines and the other will connect the outer lines.

  4. 4

    Add details to your handbag drawing, such as colour, texture, zippers, flaps, lettering or studs. To make the plaid design shown in the handbag above, use a ruler to draw horizontal lines from the bottom to the top of the handbag. Then draw vertical lines from the left to the right side of the mid section of the handbag. Use coloured pencils to add colour to your handbag drawing.

  5. 5

    Draw a rectangular shape with the longest section shown horizontally, to draw the interior of the bag. Then draw another rectangle on the left to reflect an interior zipper, and two rectangles on the right to display two pockets. You can also add another zipper compartment in the centre of this rectangular shape, to represent a handbag with three sections inside.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have an interest in having your purse manufactured and placed on the market, it is recommended that you determine a brand name and/or logo and obtain a patent for your bag. The patent will protect your rights to your design, if you decide to take your final drawings and offer it to a handbag manufacturer for a quote on the cost of production.
  • Make light sketches of your handbag just in case you determine that some dimensions are improperly proportioned. Also, include three dimensional pictures of the handbag--including the bottom, sides, back and the interior. This is important if you decide to have the handbag manufactured.

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