Denim Skirt Handbag Hubs Sacked!

Two hubs on making these purses for a Gamecock fan were the limit.
Two hubs on making these purses for a Gamecock fan were the limit. | Source

News Flash: Future Denim Purse Hubs Disallowed


After putting together the third denim skirt handbag hub and posting it I received notice that it was considered duplicate content and therefore unpublished by the powers that be. Even after I reworked the content the notice came again.

Though I tried, I can’t keep my promise to post the next hub in that series. This also means that the hubs on this topic which I had planned for the future are not going to be available on HubPages. If I start a blog on my work with these purses I'll post the link in these hubs.


Thinking Through the Purse Project Hubs: Two Sides to the Issue


Initially, I was naturally irritated because I began posting these denim skirt handbag projects so others could see that they can be classy, unique accessories to own and use, as well as to give as gifts.

I decided not to waste time whining, though. All things considered, I decided to just work it out. It’s frustrating, but I do sort of understand after thinking about it.

Some people would look at a series like this and wonder how much can be written about such a topic. On the other hand, those interested in making these bags would be keenly interested in the differences of each one.

Sure, they are all handbags. They open and close, have handles, pockets, linings, shells, and embellishments. They hold our stuff, and sometimes everyone else's. They are all made from the same basic supplies and used in the same way.

Still, they are each one unique in their size and in nearly all of their other details. There are techniques that could be discussed which would make each new bag an adventure. That’s what makes each one worthy of an individual hub and I can’t give on that point.

The humble handle provides a lot of creative opportunity when making one of these handbags.
The humble handle provides a lot of creative opportunity when making one of these handbags. | Source

I do understand, though, that the words used in each hub are the same. While I would like to continue the series and highlight different aspects of features that make each one unique, the machine that runs HubPages only sees the same words over and over again.

There are dozens of ways to make and decorate handles, for instance, and I was looking forward to showing off some of the methods I’ve worked on, as well as experimenting with new projects and sharing them here.

I could do a couple of handle hubs, but each bag has other noteworthy features that make them distinctive from the others so the whole business of not being able to do my series of denim skirt handbag hubs is something I’ll have to think more about.

There are other options and I'll have to take the time to decide which one will be my best choice. As well, other topics for writing on HubPages are waiting in the wings so it's best to keep moving and not let getting sacked sidetrack me!


Changing the Plan for Denim Skirt Handbag Hubs


In the meantime, this hub is going to highlight a few bags I've already created. You can see a bit of how they went together in the photos.

Referring to the first and second denim skirt handbag hubs will provide anyone wanting to make one with helpful information on supplies and methods of designing and sewing this kind of purse.

As well, questions can be posted in the comments section below and I hope others with experience making bags will add their input to the dialogue.



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This small denim purse is easy to make!I cut the skirt cut off just below front pockets, allowing an extra 1/2" for the bottom seam.The skirt was then used as a pattern to cut out the lining.The lining was then used as a pattern to cut the interfacing 1/4" smaller all around.I designed pockets to fit the lining pieces, fitting a small one to a large one.Pockets were sewn onto lining pieces and Fray Check was used to reinforce seams.I made tabs from the lining fabric and denim, then sewed them into place before inserting the lining into the shell.When I fitted the lining into the shell and pinned it in place it was time to sew the stop edges together.Inside the handbag you can see the pockets on each side.Handles were pieced and attached with hardware according to manufacturer's instructions.A close-up picture of the handles connected to the tabs with the hardware. Flat silver beads were added embellishments for the handles.The scarf/belt with a "buckle" created from wire and black, sliver, and clear beads.A larger piece of silver handle hardware added a finishing touch to the back of this denim skirt handbag.
This small denim purse is easy to make!
This small denim purse is easy to make! | Source
I cut the skirt cut off just below front pockets, allowing an extra 1/2" for the bottom seam.
I cut the skirt cut off just below front pockets, allowing an extra 1/2" for the bottom seam. | Source
The skirt was then used as a pattern to cut out the lining.
The skirt was then used as a pattern to cut out the lining. | Source
The lining was then used as a pattern to cut the interfacing 1/4" smaller all around.
The lining was then used as a pattern to cut the interfacing 1/4" smaller all around. | Source
I designed pockets to fit the lining pieces, fitting a small one to a large one.
I designed pockets to fit the lining pieces, fitting a small one to a large one. | Source
Pockets were sewn onto lining pieces and Fray Check was used to reinforce seams.
Pockets were sewn onto lining pieces and Fray Check was used to reinforce seams. | Source
I made tabs from the lining fabric and denim, then sewed them into place before inserting the lining into the shell.
I made tabs from the lining fabric and denim, then sewed them into place before inserting the lining into the shell. | Source
When I fitted the lining into the shell and pinned it in place it was time to sew the stop edges together.
When I fitted the lining into the shell and pinned it in place it was time to sew the stop edges together. | Source
Inside the handbag you can see the pockets on each side.
Inside the handbag you can see the pockets on each side. | Source
Handles were pieced and attached with hardware according to manufacturer's instructions.
Handles were pieced and attached with hardware according to manufacturer's instructions. | Source
A close-up picture of the handles connected to the tabs with the hardware. Flat silver beads were added embellishments for the handles.
A close-up picture of the handles connected to the tabs with the hardware. Flat silver beads were added embellishments for the handles. | Source
The scarf/belt with a "buckle" created from wire and black, sliver, and clear beads.
The scarf/belt with a "buckle" created from wire and black, sliver, and clear beads. | Source
A larger piece of silver handle hardware added a finishing touch to the back of this denim skirt handbag.
A larger piece of silver handle hardware added a finishing touch to the back of this denim skirt handbag. | Source

The Sacked Project



These photos are of the third handbag I made for the Gamecock fan to choose from. She liked this one, but it was too small for her needs.

This little bag is perfect for the girl who likes to keep up with just her bare necessities, while the first two bags were sized more for those who like to take all their stuff and such everywhere they go.

The captions have some information on how they were made.

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A casual bag with fun embroidery.Creating the lining with pockets as in previous projects was a simple matter of planning and going step by step.  The box bottom was formed just as the project from the first two denim skirt handbag hubs.Close up of box bottom--see previous handbag hubs for more directions.I did not want to lose any of the very retro embroidery so I cut nothing off of this skirt.  I simply used a piece of denim that closely matched the skirt's fabric to cut an oval shape to fit into the bottom edge.  It was a simple process.The same denim fabric was used to create the tabs and handle.  I quilted the handle with machine stitching, inserted the ends into the tabs and sewed them to the insides of the strapping.     Close up of the tab and handle assembly, and the final touch trims.You can see that the scarf/belt out of lining fabric matches the binding over the handle seams.  I added silver beading to trim out the bag and it was done!Pinning the belt/bow in a position that it would naturally hang allowed me to sew a few stitches to hold it in the right place.The skirt had a handy dandy carpenter's loop that could be useful. It also had nice little side pockets that I was able to retain in the design.
A casual bag with fun embroidery.
A casual bag with fun embroidery. | Source
Creating the lining with pockets as in previous projects was a simple matter of planning and going step by step.
Creating the lining with pockets as in previous projects was a simple matter of planning and going step by step. | Source
The box bottom was formed just as the project from the first two denim skirt handbag hubs.
The box bottom was formed just as the project from the first two denim skirt handbag hubs. | Source
Close up of box bottom--see previous handbag hubs for more directions.
Close up of box bottom--see previous handbag hubs for more directions. | Source
I did not want to lose any of the very retro embroidery so I cut nothing off of this skirt.  I simply used a piece of denim that closely matched the skirt's fabric to cut an oval shape to fit into the bottom edge.  It was a simple process.
I did not want to lose any of the very retro embroidery so I cut nothing off of this skirt. I simply used a piece of denim that closely matched the skirt's fabric to cut an oval shape to fit into the bottom edge. It was a simple process. | Source
The same denim fabric was used to create the tabs and handle.  I quilted the handle with machine stitching, inserted the ends into the tabs and sewed them to the insides of the strapping.
The same denim fabric was used to create the tabs and handle. I quilted the handle with machine stitching, inserted the ends into the tabs and sewed them to the insides of the strapping. | Source
Close up of the tab and handle assembly, and the final touch trims.
Close up of the tab and handle assembly, and the final touch trims. | Source
You can see that the scarf/belt out of lining fabric matches the binding over the handle seams.  I added silver beading to trim out the bag and it was done!
You can see that the scarf/belt out of lining fabric matches the binding over the handle seams. I added silver beading to trim out the bag and it was done! | Source
Pinning the belt/bow in a position that it would naturally hang allowed me to sew a few stitches to hold it in the right place.
Pinning the belt/bow in a position that it would naturally hang allowed me to sew a few stitches to hold it in the right place. | Source
The skirt had a handy dandy carpenter's loop that could be useful. It also had nice little side pockets that I was able to retain in the design.
The skirt had a handy dandy carpenter's loop that could be useful. It also had nice little side pockets that I was able to retain in the design. | Source



This bag is a great sack style for casual living. Finding a denim skirt with that fun embroidery across the bottom was like finding the prize of the day. I knew at first sight that this bag would be for my baby sister.











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I had some lighter blue denim to go with the last of my Gamecock's fabric for this handbag. After measuring and cutting the pocket I applied the appliques cut from the team fabric.A look at the interior shows that the box bottom for the lining and shell were made the same way as previous bags you've seen in this hub.  A closer look at the top of the bag shows that tabs were made for each side of this one, and that handle hardware attaches a braided handle to the tabs.  Front pockets were added before the shell was sewn together.  A magnetic closure attached to the lining before it went into the shell holds it closed very nicely.  Silver trim on the front and on the tabs finish the bag nicely.A look at the colorful back of this purse.    The bag has a crisp look and it's roomy with lots of pockets.
I had some lighter blue denim to go with the last of my Gamecock's fabric for this handbag. After measuring and cutting the pocket I applied the appliques cut from the team fabric.
I had some lighter blue denim to go with the last of my Gamecock's fabric for this handbag. After measuring and cutting the pocket I applied the appliques cut from the team fabric. | Source
A look at the interior shows that the box bottom for the lining and shell were made the same way as previous bags you've seen in this hub.
A look at the interior shows that the box bottom for the lining and shell were made the same way as previous bags you've seen in this hub. | Source
A closer look at the top of the bag shows that tabs were made for each side of this one, and that handle hardware attaches a braided handle to the tabs.
A closer look at the top of the bag shows that tabs were made for each side of this one, and that handle hardware attaches a braided handle to the tabs. | Source
Front pockets were added before the shell was sewn together.  A magnetic closure attached to the lining before it went into the shell holds it closed very nicely.  Silver trim on the front and on the tabs finish the bag nicely.
Front pockets were added before the shell was sewn together. A magnetic closure attached to the lining before it went into the shell holds it closed very nicely. Silver trim on the front and on the tabs finish the bag nicely. | Source
A look at the colorful back of this purse.    The bag has a crisp look and it's roomy with lots of pockets.
A look at the colorful back of this purse. The bag has a crisp look and it's roomy with lots of pockets. | Source

A Denim Bag--No Skirt Involved



I wanted to just use up the remaining Gamecock team fabric so I decided to make a handbag with some denim fabric I also had on hand. A denim skirt is not necessary, it's just unique.

Making a bag shell from scratch gave me a chance to experiment with a braided handle and some applique work. This bag was made with heavy duty interfacing so it would stand up on its own. I wound up with a nice bag that has extra pockets inside and out.










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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

These are very cool!

Your hub caught my eye because my sister volunteers at a non-profit "Bags 2 Riches" event/group that holds a handbag contest and silent auction to raise money for Trusted Mentors in Indianapolis. All handbags entered into the contest are handmade like these and there is prize money for designers - both professional and amateur. I think ladies going to the event would absolutely LOVE bags like these!

Voted up and will be sharing this:)


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

RT - You are clever, cool, persistent, funny, and more. I grinned from ear to ear while I was reading your hub. All the little push-backs against the restrictive powers- that- be were delightful. So, a Hub about not being allowed to publish a hub about making blue-jean skirt purses. I just love it. Like I said, you are clever and persistent. All kinds of votes. :) Theresa


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Hang in there, rtalloni, it's frustrating but you are making a good positive move on this posting of the handbags. I only wish I had the time to make these myself.


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

I don't know who you are RTalloni but, I sure feel proud of your work and positive strength. Voted up and more. Blessings!


Giselle Maine 4 years ago

Sorry to hear that this series of hubs were considered too similar to one another. Another hubber recently had an issue like that, it must be very frustrating, especially when your content is your own, original content. I am sure that many handcrafters would have benefited from reading your series of denim skirt hubs.


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