Previously we recommended to you the Discotech clutch bag and then we heard from a number of you that loved that pattern and recommended another that was similar, using these same handles. This was the original bag pattern we found to use these oval metal handles, the Turning Japanese Bag, that no doubt inspired all the others that you have seen popping up ever since.
If you are looking for a quick and easy bag-sewing project, then this one is ideal. The use of metal handles in this bag means there is no need for fiddly zippers or closures, but the bag still looks super cute and just like something you could have bought in a nice store.
If you don’t like the handles, you can achieve the same look simply by following the cut-out from the pattern piece and binding those edges with a bias binding tape instead.
This bag pattern is perfect for adding your own touches, or for fussy cutting and showcasing your favorite fabrics. And even better, the designer has included a full video tutorial, which you can watch below.
Are you loving those metal handles as much as we are? Please take care, the ones we’ve seen from places like Amazon and Ebay are just cheap and flimsy ones where the finish often comes off. We recommend getting your metal handles from a reputable seller on Etsy. Do make sure to get the screw-in ones, not the ones with the fold-over prongs on the back.
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