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.