Step 1: Materials and Tools
(2) Handles from 5 - gallon jugs
Fabric (approximately 1/2 yard each of 2 fabrics)
Thread to match the fabric
Tools - Picture #2
Step 2: Prepare Handles
Use a utility knife to cut the pin connecting the handle on one side and remove it from the jug. Picture #2
Cut off the round hinges with a hacksaw. Picture #3
Cut about 1/8" out of the center of the bottom of the handle. Clean this up to make it fairly smooth with a utility knife or file. Picture #4
Step 3: Pattern
The pattern fits an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of paper.
Step 4: Cut Fabric
Step 5: Sew Top Seam
Press open the seam, turn right side out and press down fold on seam. This makes for a crisp fold, with the seam in the middle.
On the wrong side, fold over 1/4" on the straight edge at the top and press down. Picture#2
Topstitch close to the edge from where it starts to slant to the other slant. Picture#3
Step 6: Making the Handle Casing
Press out any creases in the body at this time. Picture #3
Step 7: Sewing the Body
Do the same on the lining, except,leave an opening at the bottom to turn. Picture#2
BE SURE TO MOVE THE CASING OUT OF THE WAY OF YOUR SEWING. MOVE IT SIDE TO SIDE INSIDE.
Clip the curves at bout 1" intervals and clip where the slanted part meets the straight part at the top.
Step 8: Turning the Piece
Push the lining into the outer piece and push out all the curves.
You could probably press the handbag at this point. Picture #2
Step 9: Attaching the Handles
Cut a 3" piece of duct tape and tape up the opening in the bottom of the handle. Picture #2
Slide the casing back evenly over the bottom of the handle. Picture#3
Repeat with the other handle. Picture #4