Benne’s Bag – Elegant Handmade Handbag Inspiration

Elegant handmade handbag inspiration

It was only logical to make vintage-looking bag with a modern flair. I made this bag over a year ago for my sister in law. I got the fabric and buttons from a lot of vintage fabric and notions (from an estate, I suppose).

I am not a big fan of polka dots, especially not black and white ones. The stripe fabric has little dots with a golden sheen too, so I thought they complemented each other pretty well, enough to make me love polka dots, at least this time.

The vintage diamond-shaped oval button is the perfect choice for this bag.

Handmade handbag pattern

Because Benne is mom to two girls I thought I’d make a bag that could be used at different hours. The square bag has some snap buttons that, when open, change the shape of the bag from the more informal one in the second picture, to the slightly more formal one in the first. The straps can also be stowed away to turn the bag into a clutch.

As with almost all my bags, I lined this one with fusible fleece (Amazon affiliate link) as interfacing. It was also sprayed with Scotchgard to make it stain-resistant.

I also made a small wallet for nights out essentials (some credit cards, documents and notes). I embroidered Benne’s initial on the front.

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  1. Hi there and thank you so much for all of the wonderful patterns and work you have done (everything you make is so beautiful!). Is there any chance that you might have the pattern/instructions in pdf form? I do not have access to word–like a kid in a candy store with no money, lol!

    1. Lana Mango says:

      Unfortunately I never thought to make a pattern for this. I find myself in need of a new bag, so I might make one soon and make a pattern, if I do I will post it. Perhaps you’d like to subscribe to our newsletter or folllow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out when I do.

  2. Lana Mango says:

    Thanks, Anji. I love buying estate lots: I can get a lot of cheap stuff (and some useless ones), and it's always a surprise what I get.

  3. I love polka dots! This combination of fabrics works really well, it's very stylish, I like that they're vintage prints. Love the adaptability of the snaps on each side.

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