DIY clear/solid lunch bag/handbag

This lunch bag turned handbag project is inspired by Jil Sander FW12 leather lunch bag designs. I love the idea of recreating the classic folded paper bag in a high end accessory, but here at Boat People, nothing’s high end except ideas, and everything is handmade and affordable. I loved the final result so much I decided to keep it an everyday handbag instead of just a lunch bag. You can also do the same with pleather, which gives it more of a winter look.

Material needed:

-95 cm x 41 cm of either leather, pleather or transparent PU (the same your mom used to protect her wood table
-Epoxy glue and tooth picks
-Sand paper
-Pen, cardboard, scissors

With sand paper, roughen 2 cm wide all along the 41 cm extremity (one side top and one side bottom) so the epoxy glue with catch well.  Fold your rectangle on the width like on the following image, juxtaposing your roughen sides together.  This will make a 42,5 x 41 cm rectangle.

Grab your epoxy glue (and with a toothpick or popsicle stick)  softly spread the glue all along one side of the 41 cm extremity

Gently glue both sides together making sure everything stays in place.  Be careful this glue dries in 5 to 10 minutes.

While the glue dries, cut a 30 cm x 11 cm rectangle out of a cardboard.  This will help you finish the bottom of the bag.

Once the glue is dry and you recovered from the epoxy fumes (it’s pretty toxic), squeeze the cardboard in, insert it 7 cm deep into the bag.

Cut the four sides of the bag so you are able to fold them together.  The last part is pretty simple,  it’s just like a making a gift warp.

Start by roughening the edges with the sand paper, then with the epoxy, fix the four panels together, like you would with a wrapping paper.  The cardboard will help you keep everything in place and give the bag it’s shape, but you don’t want to keep it there, so be careful not to glue it :)




    13 novembre 2012

    LOVE IT!

  2. sati
    7 décembre 2012

    i judt can’t find that clesr fabric DAMN!!!!!

  3. giselle
    23 décembre 2012

    i love your rings where do u get them. nd can u make a tutorial on how to make them

  4. beliz
    13 février 2013

    Hi, I don’t get the pictures because it’s too trensparent.
    Can you make a video of it please?
    It will be very nice than.

  5. kelly
    21 avril 2013

    Im wondering can I use PVC instead? Like the one use to cover the book, the protective covers for books. please reply:)

    • Ari
      21 avril 2013

      Yes you can totally use PVC! :)

  6. Jenny
    16 novembre 2013

    wow, that is stunning!

  7. Maria Miranda
    18 avril 2015

    Very nice. I love it!


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