What a girl wants. What a girl needs.  What's more exclusive and has more cachet than scoring a Birkin bag? Pow!!! A Batgirl Birkin bag! Holey Haute Couture, Batman!

Yes, you too can knock off a version of this famous bag.  Okay, even mine started out as a knockoff so you ain't doing anything iffy by copying another knockoff. No need to worry about the caped crusaders coming after your Fn a... wait, maybe they need it for a costume party.

Jam packed full of functional features, this bag is equipped with a Bat Signal, Bat Proximity Alarm, Bat Taser, Bat Phone and plays the Batman TV Theme. Na na na na na na na na BAT MAN!   It looks just marvelous.

This concept is based on the Batman television show from the mid 60's that I grew up on.  That is the classic TV Batman. From that, is the classic TV Batgirl which provides the inspiration for this purple piece of couture and handbaggery.  I think the Iron Lady would have carried one of these.

The song played by the Flora at the end is low in volume as the camera didn't really pick it up.  Kinda like the hearing test you get in school.  Raise your hand if you hear the tones.

Maybe this Vine clip lets you hear the sound better https://vine.co/v/b2M9F2LHu1Y. and https://vine.co/v/bQ9TmpTd5Wd

Step 1: Source your bat-parts...

Find yourself a Birkin-like bag to modify.

This is actually a bag I found in one of my discount store runs.  It is all plastic so I guess PETA friendly unless you count the dinosaurs.  No, I don't carry a purse. Just got it because I can make something out of it.

The plastic material is naturally translucent so you can illuminate it from behind.

You will also need:

Some purple fabric for the header.

Some yellow and black felt for  trim.  Yellow duct tape would just cheapen it.

A flashlight capable of megalumens of illumination. I got my mega-LED flashlight at our favorite import tools store Port-of-Call Parcels.

A length of 12 AWG normal household wire for the TASER probe.  You don't want your wire overheating causing a hazard when all that juice is flowing through the wire to the perp.  If you are a contractor, you might substitute with the nominal 14 AWG.

A retro red/pink phone handset capable of interfacing with a modern day communications device.

Some toggle switches to wire up the electronics.

Electronics to provide the flashing alarm and sound player circuit.  I used an Adafruit Flora wearable Arduino board that I previously used for my TARDIS IKEA shopping bag.

CAUTION: Sewing is addictive. Soldering is addictive. Be safe and learn to use the associated tools responsibly.
Very funny, very well done.
Thanks. Any new ibles from you in the works?
I have over 10 at last count sitting in iPhotos as photos, text takes me days. I think today might be the day to start tackling one - thanks for the nudge.
I love this! You have too much fun when you think of ideas don't you?! I only wish I was arduino capable, I *think* I could get as far as gluing felt on a bag but programming a circuit seems a bit taunting!
Arduino is so easy to use because there are so many tutorials out there to get you started. Simple stuff like getting a few LEDs to blink turns out pretty impressive. Sparks and zapping some expensive components happens once in a while but don't let that scare you off.
One day when my baby is a kid I'd love to work on a Halloween light display with arduino, right now I just don't have enough long blocks of time to learn, but until then I will love vicariously through instructables :-)
Before I got my arduino I hacked those cheap bicycle flasher lights to embed in things. A layer of fiberfill to diffuse even more. Press dome lights, book lights, all have the batteries, switch and LED wired up for you. Transplant one in stuffed animals.

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