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Handbag Design Contest!

Calling all designers! Do you make handbags? If pretty purses, trendy totes, and cute clutches are your thing, then this may be the contest for you. Handbag Designer 101, with the help of Singer, Simplicity Creative Group, and others, presents: The Independent Handbag Designer Awards!

In its sixth year, IHDA gives handbag designers (like you!) the chance to compete for one of nine awards honoring excellence in handbag design. Some of these categories include: Best Handmade Handbag, Best Green Handbag, Audience Fan Favorite Handbag, Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design, and more! The winners will be featured in InStyle Magazine’s September issue! (How’s that for 15 minutes of fame?)  If this sounds like your cup of tea, you can apply at HandbagDesigner101.com. Just make sure your entry is in by April 28th at 11:59 p.m.!

Need inspiration? Check out our AllFreeSewing “Bags + Purses” Pinterest board for free ideas and tutorials! Whether you’re interested in entering the contest or just want to make a cute new handbag for yourself, we’ve got plenty of projects to get the design ideas flowing. From vintage Mad Men-inspired purses to slouchy shoulder bags, we’ve got the handbag pattern to suit your needs!