Here are some tips on the materials, techniques, tools used to make DIY bags, including some simple guidelines for the benefit of beginners.
Bags are one of the accessories that are most suitable for self-realization, especially cloth bags . However, this does not mean that all DIY bags are easy to make; as happens with many other hobbies and DIY disciplines, in fact, even the creation of a bag can be tackled at various levels of difficulty.
Making a handmade bag is not only a good excuse to save, but it is above all a way to stand out and give vent to your creative spirit. The realization possibilities are innumerable, but they are inextricably linked to the materials and, consequently, depend on the degree of experience and manual skills that one possesses. To better understand this concept, therefore, let’s start by examining the materials that are most suitable for creating a DIY bag .
Fabrics, yarns and leather
As mentioned above, some materials have the advantage of being “easier” to work with than others, and therefore of being more suitable for beginners. Fabrics, for example, are extremely versatile, both because they are easily moldable and because of the range of colors and decorations available; in fact, to make fabric bags you only need scissors, glue and sewing tools. The choice is also particularly wide; the canvases are obviously the best, for resistance and practicality, but it is also possible to use felt or pannolenci, depending on the thickness required, and synthetic fabrics.
Even lace, laces, organza and other lighter fabrics can still be used as elements to further embellish and decorate the bag, depending on the model you intend to make. Other possibilities are offered by yarns; in this case we are talking above all about rowen, swan, tulle, raffia, jute, mouse tail, Thai cord, ribbon and other fibers that are ideal for making crochet bags .
The yarns, unlike fabrics, allow greater creativity as regards the design schemes, but in any case the creation of crochet bags is especially recommended for those who already have experience and manual skills in the use of knitting needles. If you want, however, the creation of a small and simple model like a DIY clutch bag , for example, could be the right opportunity to learn the first rudiments of crochet.
Imitation leather, leather and hide, on the other hand, unless they are intended exclusively for the production of handles for bags , are materials recommended only for those with a certain experience. Imitation leather is perhaps the simplest of the three, thanks also to its reduced thickness compared to leather, but it still requires a fair amount of knowledge on how to handle it; moreover it has a good yield only if it is sewn by machine.
Leather is the most difficult to work with, due to the thickness and equipment required, which are specific; and to be machine-sewn it requires the use of professional equipment, otherwise you have to limit yourself to sewing by hand with leather strips. Thanks to its high resistance, moreover, the leather is particularly suitable for the creation of models for technical use, such as for example the tool bag .
Studs, buckles, zippers and other accessories for bags must be chosen carefully and in a manner appropriate to the type of bag to be made. Putting too big and heavy metal buckles on a light cloth bag , for example, is not a very practical solution. The finishes contribute a lot to the style of a bag, so they must be chosen wisely in order to approach perfectly. An adequate use of metallic finishes in lighter bags, for example, is to use chains instead of rigid handles.
Considering the use of other materials, such as wood, plastic, epoxy, and miscellaneous or recycled items, such as old buttons, beads and costume jewelry, is not an idea to be overlooked. These materials are suitable both for the creation of particular finishes and decorations and for primary elements of the bag, as in the case of handles made of wood for example, or in wood and epoxy resin. The latter material is extremely versatile and allows a wide range of creations, but as for leather it requires a certain experience to be used.
Where to find ideas
The most creative will have no problem designing their own projects, putting on paper the most varied ideas dictated by the inspiration of the moment. Beginners and those who are less inclined to abstraction, on the other hand, can easily use the internet to find the ideas they want; those who are beginners, for example, can make use of the many video tutorials found on platforms such as Youtube for example.
As for the patterns and patterns for bags, on the other hand, the Pinterest site represents perhaps the largest basin to draw on; obviously it is also possible to use paper publications, such as magazines and specialized books. These can be found both in newsstands and in well-stocked bookstores.
The equipment required
The tools needed to make a handmade bag are varied, and not all of them are necessary anyway. As mentioned in the paragraph dedicated to materials, in fact, to create bags in fabric and yarns you only need a sewing machine, a set for hand sewing, needles or crochet hooks, hot glue, chalk to trace the shapes. on fabrics, the tape measure and so on.
To create leather bags, on the other hand, awls, burins, awls, spatulas and other specific tools for processing this material are needed; for wood and epoxy resin, on the other hand, more complex equipment is required. When you find yourself in the position of having to decide which type of bag to create and with which materials, therefore, take this factor into account in order to choose the solution that best suits your possibilities.