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Fun Denim Skirt Handbags

Updated on January 16, 2018
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
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

Denim Skirt Bags for Fun and Profit

How many ways can the different aspects of features that make each denim skirt handbags unique be worded? There are dozens of ways to make and decorate handles, for instance, and the different styles of denim skirts allow for innumerable design options.

Some skirts have creative pockets and zippers, others have embroidery and top stitching worth incorporating into the bags. Different sizes allow for making everything from what is basically a phone carrier to a picnic basket!

The options really do seem endless because the skirt designs are of every sort. Finding a stash of vintage denim skirts is like finding gold if you are interested in making fun bags to sell, give, or use yourself.

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 Football Fan Project

These photos are of the third handbag I made for a 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.

Vintage Styled Embroidery

This bag is a great sack style for easy 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 skirt would make a bag for my baby sister.

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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

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 for a project like this one.

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 sized bag that includes extra pockets inside and out.

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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

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    5 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks, Jamie Brock. I know what you mean about missing interesting hubs. I hope to make more denim bags this year and revamp this hub a bit as well as write new ones on the topic. So appreciate that you stopped in!

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    Jamie Brock 

    5 years ago from Texas

    This is ADORABLE! I'm wondering how in the world I missed this hub.. and I noticed you have another hub similar which I'll be reading after this. I think this is gorgeous and such a great way to recycle denim! Voted up and useful - thank you so much for sharing!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    lindacee:

    I'm learning, anyway. :)

    Thanks for letting me know of your interest in these handbags. It's been interesting to learn how to make my ideas for a series work and I'm looking forward to getting back to these projects. A couple of things have me sidetracked right now, one of which is a project that will result in at least two hubs when it is done and other issues are out of the way. :) C'est la vie!

    I appreciate all of your input very much.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Dolores Monet:

    You said it right, one little tweak can make a big difference! It's good to know that readers understand the issues involved. :)

    The bags are loads of fun to design and make. Getting just the right fabrics in the design to suit a particular customer is icing on the cake.

    Thanks much for your visit and input! :)

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    lindacee 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    Glad to hear you are not easily deterred! I look forward to more on denim skirt bags. They are simply adorable and deserve more Hubs. Gosh, it is good to know this may happen when trying to publish a series. Think I'll steer clear of it for now! ;) Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting!

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    Dolores Monet 

    6 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Hi, RT - any time I want to work on a project and need to learn about it, or see how other people did it, I never never read just one article. Many people have different plans, or versions of similar project, and just one little tweak can make a big difference, or might be something that I either like or understand better than the others. There are tons of ideas on how to make bags or any craft project. Sometimes I take a little inspiration from several articles. Sometimes it takes a certain camera angle, or whatever, that helps me get it.

    Anyway, I love the idea of using that red bandana material. It contrasts so nicely with the denim!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Peggy W:

    Thanks very much!

    I am looking forward to posting more of these denim skirt bags eventually, but I'm trying to get caught up on my backlog of projects as well as develop new ideas. The issue of duplicate content throws a curve in my plans, but meeting the challenge is the way to stretch ourselves, right? :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    What beautiful bags! I really like the fact that you are recycling in such a creative way! Nice to know that you have figured out a way to show more without running into that duplicate content notice. :)

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    sofs:

    Thanks much--I appreciate that you came by to check this on denim handbags out!

    I'm looking forward to putting together future hubs on the same topic now that I've thought the problem through.

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    sofs 

    6 years ago

    Great ideas as always.. sorry about the moderation and the unpublishing... I am glad that you have taken the trouble to present them again. Thanks for the share. Have a great day.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Pollyannalana:

    I guess for hubs like this we'll have to factor this situation in as we plan out how to publish a series of them. Some ideas on how to work it out are unfolding and I hope to post more yet.

    I'm so glad you let me know that you like these bags-- maybe we will see your denim jeans project in a hub?! :)

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    Pollyannalana 

    6 years ago from US

    This happened to me too on a very important hub, a part two and because it talked about the same thing as part one I could not get it published. Hp has a long way to go.

    I have some jeans now marked for some project, not sure it will be a purse but your purses are very nice!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    moonlake:

    Finding the time for all the projects we would like to do is an exercise in futility, I do believe! Thanks much for taking a look at these bags. Maybe we'll see yours in a hub yet!

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    moonlake 

    6 years ago from America

    I love these bags and I have saved some jeans to make them. I have no idea when I will get to them another on of my projects. Voted Up on your hub.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Giselle Maine:

    As I've been thinking it over I'm seeing some ways to work out the difficulty and get more denim skirt handbag hubs published even though I can't do a long series as planned. Thanks for stopping in with your comment and encouragement to continue thinking about how crafters could benefit from seeing a variety of these purses!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    stessily:

    Oh for time to write about everything we could write about, yes? :)

    Viva denim, friend. Thanks so much for all your input.

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    stessily 

    6 years ago

    RTalloni, you've got a good idea there for a "no excuses hub"! Denim makes everything palatable and endurable and downright enjoyable. I shall indeed pass on the compliment to my sis about being a good example! Thank you.

    Appreciatively, Stessily

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    stessily:

    Maybe you'll do a no excuses hub on exercising since your sister can do them in the jumper. Denim is forever and for everything! Tell your sister that she's a good example! :)

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    stessily 

    6 years ago

    RTalloni, Yes, yes, yes, denim rules! Speaking of denim in the same breath as the lymph exercise: my sister has the cutest little breezy loose denim jumper that she sometimes wears for exercises such as the lymph exercise! Denim is forever.

    Appreciatively, Stessily

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    stessily:

    Thanks so much for all your encouraging input and visits. Denim does rule, doesn't it? :) I'm feeling even more energized since the lymph exercise--thanks! :) Looking forward to reading more of your work, too.

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    stessily 

    6 years ago

    RTalloni, It's great to hear that your creativity has uncovered a possible solution to that stubborn bot! I'm visiting this hub's predecessors today, and I look forward to this hub's sequels. Well done! Denim forever!

    Appreciatively, Stessily

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    davenmidtown:

    Sounds like a good size for an all-purpose book bag and you might find one posted this summer. I was thinking of making a book bag but hadn't gotten far with the idea--thanks!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Barbara Kay:

    Yes, I can see what you mean about the crochet and knitting hubs running into this same problem, though I did a series of crocheted edge baby blankets and did not get a notice like this. Haven't yet stopped long enough to compare and figure out what the differences were but success with those made this a big surprise to me.

    Bunches of thanks for taking a look at these bags and letting me hear from you--for all your input!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    PWalker281:

    Well, the development does end that series, but some ideas for continuing to post my work on the handbags are formulating in my head and I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes.

    Thanks for mentioning the book idea, it is a possibility.

    Those jeans skirts were sometimes quite unique! Denim is such a great canvas for creativity. If you make one of these bags I hope we'll get to see it in a hub.

    Thanks ever so much for all of your input! Everyone's been so encouraging!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    anglnwu:

    Thanks much--I'm going to try to make lemonade, though, and maybe a lemon cake! :)

    I appreciate the encouragement of your letting me know you like these bags!

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    David Stillwell 

    6 years ago from Sacramento, California

    like a one subject bag to carry all my books and notebooks for just one class... maybe 13Lx4wx10T ish... 14L may allow a water bottle to sit on one end... and a pocket for pens, pencils, etc. kind of like a sachel, etc.......

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    davenmidtown:

    Thanks much. I appreciate that you mention contacting the help team and I may do that at some point. Right now I don't want to get tied up redoing and contacting and so forth, but that is helpful information.

    So what kind of book bag? Just a 12x14 tote bag with pockets or do you have something else in mind--details or size specifications? It just so happens that I have a lined book bag in mind.

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    Barbara Badder 

    6 years ago from USA

    Writing crochet patterns on Hubpages has the same problem. I think it is because the same terms are used in other patterns even though it isn't the same project at all. I'm sure knitting does the same thing. That is a shame. I hadn't seen your bags before now. They are nice.

    I'll share some on Pinterest.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    kikalina:

    Thanks very much! They are such fun to make for girls and I hope to post some designs just for them. Have to rethink my approach, but I think it's coming. I already have the components for the bags and can't wait to get to them, hopefully right after my current project is out of the way.

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    PWalker281 

    6 years ago

    Disappointing that this series was stopped in its tracks. Have you considered creating a Kindle ebook on the subject? Also, creating a blog about these handbags sounds like a great idea. It's good that these alternatives exist, and I know you'll find the perfect medium for the series.

    I used to make "jeans skirts" back in the day by cutting open the inner pants seam, cutting away the excess and resewing them. to create the skirt They were very popular in the 70s.

    Your bags are beautifully crafted. If I ever get a sewing machine, I might try making one. Voted up, useful, and interesting (and shared).

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    anglnwu 

    6 years ago

    Sorry about that. It's sure is discouraging after all the hard work and not to be able to publish as planned but I'm glad you shared anyway. I love denim and these are such cute ideas. I would be the baby sitter, just so I can get that cute denim bag--haha. Thanks for sharing.

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    David Stillwell 

    6 years ago from Sacramento, California

    RTalloni: These are really wonderful hubs and inspiring. I think if you email the help team they will manually remove the duplicate warnings for you. Now... if you can post one on how to make a book bag....

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    stessily:

    Bots are like that, I guess. :) I have been rolling the whole business around the back of my head and I think I can do a few more, at least, by approaching the topic differently. That's not the same as having a series for people to refer to so they can run through the ideas quickly when they want to make one of these purses, but it may work out well.

    Thanks so much for taking a look at these projects, and for all of your input!

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    kikalina 

    6 years ago from Europe

    These bags are amazing! Cant wait for my girls to grow up!

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    stessily 

    6 years ago

    RTalloni, That is so disappointing about the duplicate content issue; you just can't reason with a bot! I would love to see more; I'm approaching this series backward, starting with the most recent and jumping back to the beginnings from here.

    The one with embroidery for your baby sister is absolutely adorable! I do love embroidery on denim, most of the time.

    Wonderful creativity! Up + UFABI + sharing.

    Appreciatively, Stessily

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Lastheart:

    Thanks kindly for all your input here. Glad you stopped by to introduce yourself!

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for your encouragement, teaches12345. I'll have to see where to go with these from this point. If you don't get time to make one of these purses, show this to your favorite seamstress! :)

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    phdast7:

    I think I need to find a red-faced smiley face! I did too much work on the 3rd Gamecocks handbag hub not to do something with it. So glad it gave you a smile or two. :)

    So appreciate that you let me know you enjoyed this hub and all your input.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Kris Heeter:

    How interesting to hear about your sister's volunteer work--thanks much for sharing about their handbag benefit auction. So glad this caught your eye and I do hope these ideas are something they can use to raise money for their mentor program.

    So appreciate your visit and input!

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    Giselle Maine 

    6 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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    Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

    6 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!

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    Dianna Mendez 

    6 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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    Theresa Ast 

    6 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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    Kris Heeter 

    6 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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