Monday, October 26, 2009

Handbag Recycle--Doll Messenger Bag and Shoes

Fits 18-1/2 inch dolls

One more doll accessory recycle from those odd, but soft, dollar store handbags--read on for details on the messenger bag! The shoes were made from a commercial pattern, using the leftover scraps.

l. I took apart the purse, and removed the melted jewels, laying the main part flat.

2. I cut a 5" by 8-1/2" rectangle from the fancy side and rounded the corners on one short end. Cut a matching piece from the lining. Fold the straight, short end of the vinyl up 3-1/4",right sides together. Sew side seams using a 1/4" seam allowance. To box the corners, use a pin to mark the fold you just made, and fold and match this point against the side seam. Stitch a 1" seam across the corner. 3. Stitch the existing handle to the opening of the bag, right sides together, at the edges of the front. Tuck the handle down inside.

4. Stitch lining side seams, turn, and tuck down inside the purse, right sides together. Match curves and side seams. Pin and stitch around opening with 1/4" seam. Clip curves.

5. Pull lining out and slash along middle of fold, about 2-1/2". Turn bag through opening, then zigzag the slash closed.

6. Tuck lining down inside, and edge stitch around flap and opening. Done!


  1. Ahh! So cute! I think I'll post a roundup of your good dolly ideas on Dollar Store Crafts soon...

  2. Adorable!! I actually found that exact purse at the dollar store today. Shoulda bought it, huh?

    I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


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