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Hardware Handbag

Turn a basic canvas tote into a sophisticated handbag with this how-to from Erica Domesek.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, September 2010


If desired, spray-paint the lock a fun color before attaching to bag.


  • Four small hinges

  • Canvas bag with handles

  • Needle and thread to match bag

  • Pencil or pen

  • Masking tape

  • Craft knife

  • Fabric glue

  • Skinny belt

  • Small lock

  • Spray paint (optional)


  1. Open hinges and stitch each to bag, directly below where each handle end is secured. Reinforce by going through hinge holes several times with thread.

  2. Turn bag inside out. Mark two points on each side of bag: 3 inches from top of bag and 1 inch from each side seam. Place a piece of masking tape over each point. With a craft knife, cut uniform Xs over each point, with the height of each X slightly taller than the width of the belt you intend to use.

  3. Fold back the points created by each X, and glue to the inside of bag with fabric glue.

  4. Loop belt through the four holes, and buckle. Attach lock to belt.

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