Purse and handbag selection is a matter of personal preference when it comes to both style and function. Whether you're looking for a highly organized bag with lots of pockets or a simple, streamlined bag with minimalist design, there are many options to meet your needs. Consider materials including leather, exotic leather, vegan leather, canvas, and nylon when creating your handbag design.
Take a look at the following common purse parts and start dreaming of your next DIY purse project.
This is the main section of your bag that will hold your essentials. From a petite clutch purse to a roomy tote bag, handbags come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.
Depending on your bag's style, it may feature a flat, reinforced base for added body and stability.
A variety of handles and straps are available to allow bags to be carried and worn to suit different preferences. Shorter, double handles that allow for hand or elbow carry, longer straps designed for shoulder or crossbody wear, or versatile convertible, adjustable straps are all options to consider.
This category includes metal accents like buckles, snaps, padlocks, turn locks, catches, clasps, bottom studs and more. Commonly made from solid brass, gold, silver, or a plated zinc alloy, purse hardware impacts both the looks and the durability of your bag.
Bag zippers are both a stylish and functional part of your bag. They provide secure closure of the bag's contents while also providing a decorative touch. Closed end zippers come in a range of pre-cut lengths to suit a variety of bag projects. Zipper chain is also available sold by the foot. Pair it with your choice of zipper pulls to give yourself even more room for creative freedom.
While linings are optional, a quality lining is durable and helps protect the inside of the bag and its contents while offering a finished look.
Subdivisions like pockets and compartments help you keep your belongings organized for easy access. From zippered pockets to secure valuables to open pockets for items you want to access quickly like phones or pens, these organizational features are great additions to your bag designs.
From the zippers we discussed above to magnets, clasps, turn locks and drawstrings, a good closure helps keep your items secure. Selecting the right closure has an impact on your bag’s functionality and good looks.