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I was given the challenge to make an expandable zippered handbag and have to admit I was a little intimidated to attempt it. I was going to just take a shortcut and find a great pattern online and guess what THERE WAS NONE TO BE FOUND!!!!

I then knew I had to come up with my own design. I played with my graph papers and started constructing what I wanted it to look like. I then began to construct one from some spare material. With some trial and error I believe I got it :-)

The Fabric I used is a heavy canvas that I bought at “MARDENS” for $1.99 a yard.

I wanted to have the expandable part to be in the center of the bag that you could unzip to expand. This on expands to another 7 inches.

When the bag is zippered up the inside is all finished off and neatly folds on itself. I came up with a way to not have to insert a liner but completed the liner in the 3 sections so that it would be finished off.

I am hoping to have some instruction written up by next week and will try and post it here and on my blog.

I will wait to see the interest first on how many would like to have this type of handbag.

I still need to add the handles and maybe a zippered top.

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Comment by Kivia Brown on January 25, 2012 at 3:47pm

Love it! Need the pattern for that bag

Comment by Linda LaMona on January 25, 2012 at 5:22am

I really like this expandable bag.  Love your fabric choices.

Comment by Shannon on January 24, 2012 at 10:05pm

OH MY WORD I am so overwhelmed with all the comments. THANK YOU ALL!!! This is by far one of my favorites and I will be EXPANDING the ideas with several other patterns I am working on for an EXPANDABLE line "giggle, giggle" "wink, wink". I will keep you all  posted. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart :-)

Comment by Jane Schmitt on January 24, 2012 at 7:19pm

Fabulous idea Shannon.  I would love to make one.

Comment by Norma Somewhere on January 24, 2012 at 6:32pm

What a neat idea, I would love to make these for family and friends.

Comment by glenda m on January 24, 2012 at 6:28pm

freakin awesome idea

Comment by Carroll Kelly on January 24, 2012 at 4:31pm

Simply Amazing! Please share the instructions when they are ready.

Comment by Joyce Neyr on January 24, 2012 at 3:56pm

How clever!  I would love to see the pattern instructions when you get them finished.  Now if I could just get my sewing room space to expand!  :-)

Comment by Ruth Clark on January 24, 2012 at 3:52pm

Great concept and a beautiful start.  Would love to see the full pattern and instructions.  Thanks so much for sharing.

Comment by Jo Anna Gorthy on January 24, 2012 at 3:12pm

Would be great for airline travel when you are limited to a 'purse' and one carry-on!  This would increase the carry space in the purse item!  Good job!



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