How to Make a Vinyl Record Bag or Purse

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How to Make a Vinyl Record Bag or Purse
Nylon is a durable fabric that is thin, lightweight, and able to carry heavier loads than thin plastic bags. ( Images)

Though digital downloads have gained an increasing amount of market share as more and more music fans have moved online to sample and purchase their favourite music, vinyl records have also experienced a resurgence in recent years. A huge amount of songwriters and bands have released their latest music on vinyl as well as re-released albums from their back catalogue in heavier 180 and 200g pressings. But taking vinyl records home from the store can be problematic, as their sharp corners puncture flimsy plastic bags and the weight of two or three records is enough to break right through the bottom.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Nylon fabric
  • Needle
  • Buttonhole thread

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  1. 1

    Use the tape measure to cut a piece of nylon fabric 28.5 inches wide and 28.5 inches long.

  2. 2

    Fold the nylon fabric square in half so the edges are even. Make sure the fabric is inside out so the stitching you will do in the next few steps will be hidden.

  3. 3

    Stitch down both sides of the fabric using the needle and buttonhole thread. Create a 0.5 inch seam from the edge.

  4. 4

    Stitch a second seam closer to the edge to bind the edges and reinforce the bag.

  5. 5

    Turn down the open edge 1.5 inches and stitch in place. This will further reinforce the bag in order to add handles in Step 9.

  6. 6

    Turn the bag right side out.

  7. 7

    Cut one piece of nylon fabric 16 inches long by 3 inches wide to make a handle for the bag.

  8. 8

    Fold the piece of fabric in half lengthwise so it is now creased at the 8 inch point in the middle of the fabric.

  9. 9

    Sew one end of the 16 inch piece of fabric 0.5 inches from the opening of the bag. This will attach it to the 1.5 inch crease that you folded down from the top of the bag in Step 5.

  10. 10

    Sew the other end of the 16 inch piece of fabric 0.5 inches from the opening of the bag on the opposite side. This will complete the bag's handle.

Tips and warnings

  • Vinyl records are a very cool and current trend in music with a very retro vibe due to their long history. Pick a fabric not only that you like but that pays homage to this medium's history such as a flowery print from the 1950sor a fluorescent colour from the 1980s. Perhaps make a different bag once you get the hang of it that sports a design specific to several different decades.

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