November 28, 2018

DIY: Clear Purse Belt


Ever since there's a resurgence of purse belts and fanny packs, I thought of creating one for myself. I retained the beautiful oval shape of Gucci quilted belt bag while combining with another wildly popular trend: minimalist clear see-through bags.

There are some really good youtube tutorials on how to create the quilted effect of the Gucci leather belt bag, so I decided to film the PVC belt purse but I'll also share my way of creating the quilted purse in my next pictorial post. I bought the leather scraps at ESTA, they're a company that produces for local Singapore brands and they sell deadstock fabrics and leftover materials at very affordable prices, I bring my students over quite often to shop for fabrics, especially now that they're working on a sustainable recycled polyester project, even my Button Through Midi Dress polyester fabric and Bralette set's silk fabric are bought from there. Do give them a call (6438 8012) before visiting, you can find them at Blk 115A, Commonwealth Drive,, #04-07/09, 149596

Here's how I styled both purse belts.











MATERIALS:
  •  PU leather / pleather (1.3 metre) 
  • 1mm Clear PVC plastic (1/4 metre) I have this old PU bag and I’m using the back piece since there are no prints on it, its a little yellowish but still usable so I'm going to recycle it for this project. I will recommend softer PVC plastic (0.5mm-0.8mm) if you're using domestic machine to sew.
  • 1.5 metres of piping cord
  • Two 38mm square rings
  • One 12inch metal zip
  • Craft clips or pegs
  • Matching thread
  • Thread clipper 
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine, I’m using an industrial machine but the purse can be sewn using domestic machine too. 

PREPARATION:
Download the pattern here
PDF size is A4, pattern is 1/4 scale.
1cm seam allowance is included.


STEPS:
  1. First, take one bag top piece and mark the middle line, i use a chalk and draw on the right side
  2. Open the zip and place it right on the chalk line, sew it down.  Fold the piece over and top stitch down, 5mm from zip. Do the same for the other side
  3. Next, I sew the 2 bag bottom pieces together, so theres more firmness. Place the wrong sides facing each other and sew on the right sides all around, 5mm from edge 
  4. My PU leather is not easy to manage so I use the tip of a screwdriver to press and keep the top piece in place as i sew. I didn’t use the awl tool as it may leave holes. 
  5. I place the back piece against the top and trim off the excess for the top
  6. Run a stitch on both side edges of the top to keep the fold pieces in place. 
  7. Place the right sides of top and bottom together so the zip puller is sandwiched inside. Sew 1cm from edge on both ends
  8. Turn the piece out, push seam allowances to the side of bottom piece and stitch 5mm from edge on right side, do for both ends
  9. I’m adding piping to reinforce the seams, one piping strip for front and one for back. Take both ends of a strip and sew 1cm from edge. Open the seams and top stitch 5mm along each side of the seam
  10. Place the cotton cord on the seam, stitch to secure, measure the cord length along the piping and stitch the other end down. Fold the strip in half and sew 1cm from edge to hold the cord in place. Do it for the other strip.
  11. Mark the middle point of pvc piece and match the piping seam to it. Use clips or pegs to secure the piping to the pvc, make sure the raw edges face outwards, matching the edge of pvc. 
  12. Sew 1cm from edge all around. Do the same for the other pvc piece.
  13. I’m creating a huge belt loop for the belt to go through for aesthetic purpose , you can also opt for the traditional smaller belt loops. 
  14. Fold 1cm edge on the wrong sides and run a stitch down the longer end on both sides. Turn it out and sew 5mm from edge all around
  15. Stitch longer sides of belt loop down on back pvc piece and we can slip the belt through later. My PU leather has a tacky texture so i can’t use the fast turn tube method. For the shorter ends, I fold 1cm of edges on the wrong side and top stitch 5mm from edge 
  16. For the longer sides, do the same for just one side. Place the right sides together and stitch 1cm down on the wrong side. 
  17. Fold and match the edges. Clip to hold in place before sewing 5mm from edge all around. 
  18. Go through both square rings with the finished belt, fold the end and stitch it down to secure the square rings. And the belt is ready for use!
  19. Coming back to the bag, Open the zip, flip both zipper piece and front pvc piece to the wrong sides. Hold both pieces’ raw edges in place by using clips or pegs, make sure the piping seam is at the bag bottom
  20. Attach the pieces by sewing 1cm from edge all around. 
  21. Attach the back pvc using same method, I make sure that i have unzipped the top part otherwise there will be no opening to turn the bag out once i seal and stitch the back. 
  22. This is an additional step which you can skip. I didn’t like the raw edges so i’m using the bias binding method for a clean finish. 
  23. Cut 2 strips of black PU leather on bias and place it along the raw edges, stitch 7mm from edge all around, roll the strip over the raw edges and stitch 9mm from rolled edge. Do the same for the other side
  24. Turn the bag out, mine took some time as both of my pvc and pu leather were quite thick and sturdy
  25. The last part is to slide the belt through, which is not the easiest as my pu leather tend to stick together, but with the help of some powder and safety pins, the belt is through! 


I'll share my version of creating the quilted leather purse in my next pictorial post, see you soon! xx

Photos by Jason.

Love,
Ace


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