Handbag Hardware and Interfacing

Something about handbag hardware seems intimidating to sewists. Which is silly. Sure, they're metal, and heavy, and much more solid than fabric and thread, but including the hardware on your bag makes it look so much more professional and polished. Plus, using hardware is not as scary as you think.

Handbag Hardware and Interfacing: A giveaway from Perfect Pattern Parcel and Pellon

Below is a list of hardware used for all the bag patterns in Pattern Parcel #7. I usually buy hardware in bulk from shops on Etsy (here, here, and here) and buy last minute single pieces from Joann's. Veronica at SewVery has a great post on upcycling bag hardware, too!

Betty Bowler:
(4) 1" rectangle loops (optional)

Midtown Messenger Bag:
(1) 14” metal non separating zipper
(2) 1.5" wide rectangular metal rings
(1) 1.5" wide metal slider buckle
(2) 1” wide metal tuck catches

Butterfly Sling Purse:
(1) "Almost Square" shaped turn lock (1-1/2" x 1"), or
(1) Heart shaped turn lock (1-3/16" x 1-1/8")
(2) Flat rectangular rings - 1" (25 mm) wide
(1) Flat rectangular adjustable slider - 1" (25 mm) wide
(2) Slim magnetic snaps - 9/16" (14 mm)
Full hardware kit here.

Evelyn Handbag:
(4) Bag feet
(1) 18mm (6/8”) Magnetic snap closure
(5) oval (or rectangle) rings 30mm (1 ¼”) across (inside measurement) and no more than 20mm (13/16”) deep (inside measurement)
(16) 6mm (¼”) rivets (optional)

Barcelona Bag and Wallet:
(1) 3/8" snap for wallet

Daphne Bag:
(1) 1-1/2" Slider and rectangular ring

And then there are interfacings. Interfacings give handbags their structure. They hold you up when you're feeling down. Shopping for interfacings can be overwhelming to a novice bag maker. The different names and numbers can leave your head spinning, but have no fear! Alicia of Swoon Bag Patterns has a helpful blog post about the different types of interfacings, and what to use them for. Pellon also has this downloadable PDF guide on the Top Ten Handbag Interfacings. It's a handy tool to take shopping with you.

Pellon has graciously offered to give away a collection containing the four basics you'll need for bag making: 1 pkg Shape Flex SF101, 1 pkg Fusible Fleece 987F, 1 pkg Peltex Ultra Firm Stabilizer 70, and 1 pkg Craft-Fuse 808!

Pellon Projects: The Magic's in the Middle!

To enter to win, simply leave a comment below (click the black talk bubble) and tell us what is your favorite indie pattern to sew. For an extra entry pin the contest image above to Pinterest or share this contest link with your stitchy friends online, then leave us a second comment saying you did so.

Don't forget, Parcel #7 ends this Friday at midnight EST, so don't miss out on the chance to choose your own price for this collection of digital handbag patterns from indie designers. It's our goal to raise $20,000 for the charity, Donors Choose, and we're so close! With you're help, we can meet our goal.

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

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38 comments:

  1. I was so clueless about interfacing when I first started to sew! I'm still crushing on rock the stitch's fawn lily dress and tunic pattern.

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  2. I, too, was completely clueless about interfacing and made a bunch of meh bags because of choosing the wrong one. :( I am dying to stitch up the bruyere and/or the alder shirtdress.

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  3. I've been totally into any Swoon pattern lately....would love to win this package!

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  4. One of my favorites is the Lady Skater. I also really love Pretty in Peplum by Sew Much Ado.

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  5. My current favourites are Sara Lawson's bags from SewSweetness. I have to admit im not that adventurous when it comes to interfacing. I would love to practice more with different types of them!

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  6. I really loved the Staple dress for me and the Hosh pants for my daughter from previous parcels. Thanks for this initiative!

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  7. I don't know if I truly have a favorite yet, but I have worn my Sewaholic Renfrew the most so far!

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    1. Woo hoo! Amanda! You're the winner! You should have an email from me in your inbox.

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  8. Prefontaine Shorts from this summer's parcel. They are so fun and easy to sew.

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  9. I've been loving the Recess Raglan for ages! Fav to sew :)

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  10. I made both the Anywhere Dress from Go To Patterns and the Skinny Jeans from Peek a Boo several times and I know I'm not done with them yet! Both my girls love them!

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  11. Cottage Momma Party Dress is one I really like to make for my Granddaughter! I have bought Pattern Parcels before and would love to make all these bags!

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  12. Hello I am an avid fabric recycler, 2nd hand stores can see me coming a mile off......I love making diaper bags and sewing organizers. I love the Sewing Rabbit...they always have something new to see.....I would love to with this giveaway...More babies here and moms need the bags.......Thanks.

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  13. Thank you for the hardware list all in one place. Of course I want to make each and every bag here.

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  14. I love to make parsely pants, and fancy pants leggings both of which i've made several pairs!

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  15. one of my favourites is the skinny jeans from peekaboo :)

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  16. I mostly sew skirts and bags, so far, but I've been keeping up with all these pattern parcels and my queue is huge now! You guys do great work. :)

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  17. One of my favorite indie patterns is by Schnittchen - the Iris pullover is a really great lounge top.

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  18. I haven't sewn alot of bags -- but have some patterns from Emmaline Bags & ChrisW Designs waiting for me to sew them up. I love the new Everyday Elegance Top by Patterns for Pirates. :)

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  19. Shared on twitter... https://twitter.com/CGeates/status/535498887864147968

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  20. I've only made a few bags but would love to try out some Betz White bags ! thanks for this great post on hardware and interfacing - always the hardest aspects of bag making for me as its harder to find the same items down under ! and thanks for the etsy supply links

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  21. I made the Prepster Pullover from Blank Slate - loved the look!

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  22. I'm going to attempt the Evelyn bag. So excited!!!!

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  23. Love the Skater Dress and the bag patterns from Sara Lawson. Thanks for a great giveaway. My parcel is purchased and ready to sew!

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  24. I've been making mostly kids clothes but got into making smallish bags for myself. A new dslr camera inspired me to make my own camera bag--I plan to take the camera bag pattern and that messenger bag pattern that's in the parcel and make myself a camera and laptop bag set that will rival anything Jo Totes ever made and sold! Just looking for the perfect leather piece now. :)

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  25. I'm new to bag making, with the exception of the Water (beer) Bottle Tote from a previous PPP. Mostly I make dresses and I love everything from Deer and Doe, and By Hand London.

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  26. As I type, I was just taking a break from fitting a muslin Jaimie dress from scientific seamstress and it's just now taking shape. I saw this post and thought: a bag would go very well with this! *so here I am!

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  27. I shared to my sewing group and hope some members join in the conversation and contest :)

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  28. At the moment I can't decide between Colette Moneta and Jeniffer Lauren Bronte Top as my favourite indie pattern. In terms of bags, I'm about half way through my second Swoon Rosie bag - the shape and size is just so practical for me.

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  29. I am happy to see the variety available now through the indie designers. It can be a bit overwhelming at times to this old dinosaur, lol.

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  30. My favourite pattern is Belladone from Deer & Doe! I love it so much!

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  31. My favorite indie pattern is the Hollyburn skirt from sewaholic!

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  32. I am a big supporter of Emmaline bags. Great pattern writing with bags that fit my style. Plus, I can buy the hardware, too.

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  33. I have made several of Michelle's bags (Michellepatterns.com). I adore her Shopping Bags! and she's a great pattern writer.

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  34. Oh wow, I love these. I've been looking for a crossbody bag and casual for everyday use, and these look perfect. lovelliesugar.com for designer handbags

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