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How-To Bags

How-To Bags and Purses are a snap with these photo tutorials.


The right bag or purse can pull a whole outfit together. Instead of spending your cash at the department stores, try your hand at creating these stylish bags.

1. Easy Zippered Change Purse

Make a Change Purse
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You can make a simple little change purse that has a zipper to keep your precious pennies from getting lost. These are great to keep in your purse or give to people who need lunch money each day.

2. Cassette Tape Wallet

Cassette Tape Wallet
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Cassette tapes may be outdated and a bit obsolete, but you can still enjoy your favorites or some kitschy titles with this easy cassette tape wallet. Whip this baby out at the checkout and reap the conversational rewards.

3. Bra Purse

How-To Bra Purse
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Eventually all bra's have seen better days. Turn yours into a cheeky purse that bears a throw back to the days when all the gals kept bills in their bra.

4. Knit Bag Patterns

Knit Pencil Bag
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Do you know how to knit? Here are some free knitting patterns for knit bags, purses and gift bags.

5. Crochet Bag Patterns

Fancy Pouch

Find free patterns for crocheting bags, purses and handbags. These enjoyable craft projects are made using a variety of crochet and needlework techniques, including Tunisian crochet and beaded crochet.

6. Video: Turn a Pants Leg into a Purse

Pants Leg Purse

If you have an old pair of jeans, you can transform them into a denim handbag with just a few quick and easy steps. See how it's done.

7. How-To Breakfast Bag

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I was eyeing this cute bag at Target for weeks before I finally decided to reward myself with it. After I bought it, I realized how easy it would be to make one myself! Follow these simple directions to get this $10.00 tote for free.

8. Turn Jeans into a Purse

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This popular bag is made from the booty of a pair of jeans. Known as the ‘booty bag’, it already comes with lots of pockets to hold just about everything. This is a great way to recycle old pants or shorts into something new and chic. Follow these simple directions to make your own ‘booty bag’.

9. Duct Tape Wallet

Duct Tape Wallet
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A duct tape wallet is a cheap way to create some funky style. This original construction for a duct tape wallet requires no measuring. It is also designed to fold easily in the middle, because most duct tape wallets I've found are very bulky and don't fold well.

10. Video: Turn Plastic Bags into a Reusable Bag

Video: Turn Plastic Bags into a Reusable Bag

By using the same grocery bag over and over again, you can reduce waste and help the environment. See how to make a green, reusable grocery bag from discarded plastic baggies.

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