Burbery handbag

Photo: Getty Images for Burberry

No matter what your size, a handbag will always fit and therefore be the perfect accessory. Best of all, they are relatively easy to make. Get your designer juices following with these DIY recommendations:

  • Let's get lazy: Now this is right up my sewing alley - a great purse pattern from LazyGirlDesigns.com that's easy to assemble.
  • Love leather: Leather is easier to work with than you think. Learn the tricks of the trade in this fabulous video.
  • Hardware Resources: Finding pro-quality hardware for your handbag, from buckles to grommets, is always a challenge. Here is a list of some great resources.
  • Ladies, start your sewing machines: If you get stitching now, you'll be able to make the April 15 deadline for Handmade Handbag category in the 2010 Independent Handbag Designers Awards and potentially win a sewing machine and a thread collection. Even better, your pattern will be a featured download! Click here for more info and see last year's winners.
  • Get inspired: For inspiration and tips on handmade handbags, check out Handbag Designer 101.

For more DIY Design columns, click here. Next week: high fashion comes in small package with handmade doll clothes.