Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mini-Handbags a/k/a "Hallett Bags"

These are some mini-handbags I have been making for the last couple of weeks. They were Mother's Day gifts that I couldn't share until after Mother's Day, so here they are! I used various retired Stampin' Up! DSP's, including Mocha Morning, Floral District and Everyday Enchantment. It takes 12 x 12 paper because of the circumference of the purse and 12 inch strips of cardstock for the bands. The bags will hold small gifts or note cards (no larger than 4 x4). I made note cards for one bag and covered post-it note pads for the others. The size of my bags are approximately 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 not including the handles.

(Note: I had previously posted a link to the original creator of these bags, but that link has since been moved or changed. I have found another video by another crafter if you would like a video tutorial to help you put the bags together. That link is ) 

I did cut my 12 inch piece of DSP for the body of the handbag at 4 inches rather than the 3-1/2 inches in the original instructions and I also cut my handle pieces at 7-1/2 inches. The rest of the dimensions are the same.

These are an absolute blast to make and I have to warn you - THEY ARE ADDICTIVE! They have become so popular among crafters that they are being referred to in forums as "Hallett Bags," so I have to give a big thank you to Crafty Caroline for her inspiration!  However, since her video is no longer active, the video I linked above is by Ophelia Crafts.


  1. Thank you for including the link to my blog, they are lovely bags and it looked like you had fun with them x

  2. Beautiful purses. What giflt u put inside for mother's day if u don't mind me asking

    1. Mary, when I make the bags as gifts, I put in small handmade cards, covered post-it note pads and a pen, or I add small candies, lotions, a manicure set, etc.