Supply Sources for Handbags

Handbag Supplies

When crafting a handbag, it can sometimes be hard to find the hardware and other supplies you need locally.  I try to purchase zippers and a few other items when they’re on sale at Hobby Lobby or Joann’s, or when I have a 40% off coupon.  Of course, I’m always on the lookout for fabric anywhere I go. For other supplies, such as snaps, d-rings, stiffeners, key fob hardware, and other miscellaneous items, I shop online here:

Joggles – lots of great stuff like handles, patterns, hardware, kits, and books, plus supplies for doll-making, embroidery, and so much more.  I love Joggles!

Crafters Vision – key fob hardware, cotton webbing, ribbon, fabric, and lots of other good stuff, plus great customer service.

U-handbag – handles, frames, metal parts, fabrics, and a great blog.

There are lots of other great supply sources online, as well as free patterns galore.  I’ll try to post a short list every now and then, as well as any new discoveries I make.

Wristlet Key Fob

Key Fob with Batik Trim

I’ll soon be selling these key fobs in my shop, but if you’re crafty, you can try making one yourself.  Simply use a piece of cotton webbing twice the length of the drop you want, sew on a ribbon or fabric trim, then fold the webbing in half and enclose the raw edges within the hardware. Be sure you place a cloth around the hardware before you pinch it shut with pliers, so as to avoid scratching the finish.  The drop measurement will depend on the size of your hand, but five or six inches is usually sufficient, so cut your webbing 10-12 inches long.

I’ll try to post my favorite handbag and accessory supply sources in a few days, including a source for the hardware you see here.

About the shop – I had planned on having some items available for purchase by May 3rd, but due to an unexpected trip and some unplanned events over the next 2 weeks, I’ve had to push the date back until the 3rd week of May. I’ll fill you in later on what’s going on!