Monday, May 9, 2011

Make It Yourself Miche Bag Cover



A couple of years ago my sister-in-law gave me a Miche Bag for Christmas. I loved the idea of it until I realized that the covers cost more than most of the purses I buy. Soon after I started dreaming of making my own covers. I googled the idea and saw that other people had in fact made their own covers.

I have two different ways to make these. The first I am sharing with you is the NO SEW method. Quick, and easy! Wham Bam, finished method!

You will need:

An original Miche bag cover to use as your pattern
Fabric of your choice
3 cereal boxes or other cardboard
Fabric Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Gluesticks
SUPER DUPER strong magnets



Step 1: Lay your original cover on top of the wrong side of you fabric and trace.

Step 2: Cut around your trace lines leaving 1.5" extra all around. Yes you can measure this but I didn't, I just eyeballed it!


Step 3: Lay your original cover on your cardboard and trace the stiff parts. I doubled the thickness of the cardboard so I did 4 pieces that looked like this....and two pieces for the bottom of the purse.

Step 4: Cut out all your cardboard pieces and if you are doubling the thickness glue them together.

Step 5: Lay your cardboard pieces on the wrong side of the fabric and using your hot glue gun, glue the extra fabric to your cardboard. Be sure to make your corners look nice.

Step 6: Measure carefully and glue your SUPER DUPER strong magnets on to your cover.

Step 7: Wrap cover around purse and ENJOY!


I will be sharing the sewn version later this week. If you have any questions just leave them in the comments and I will answer!

26 comments:

  1. Awesome - I passed this great tutorial on to my sister who has a Miche bag and does not sew. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

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  2. I love this idea, and it came out so nice!

    I am following you from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back? Susan's Family

    thank you :)

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  3. Hi from your newest google follower/s via Handmade Tuesdays. Love this idea!
    Karima from
    www.karimascrafts.com
    and
    www.karimasblogs.blogspot.com

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  4. This is so awesome! I am gonna try this!

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  5. That's a really awesome bag. Great tutorial. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

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  6. That is so cool! I have Miche and maybe a shell or two or.... I have thought about doing this, now I do not have to "reinvent the wheel"!
    I will be following so I make sure to get the sew version also

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  7. Wonderful! I have a Miche bag and was wondering how to get more covers.

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  8. You had me at "no sew"! Really great idea!

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  9. Ooh this is so awesome, I just saw the most gorgeous fabric up at Jo-Ann's in Moscow on friday, now I know what I can use it for. Yay good excuse to go back!

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  10. Wow! This is beautiful! That's awesome that it's no sewing involved. My sewing skills stink, but I have RAD gluing skills! Thanks so much for sharing this on Shindig Saturday!

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  11. Great! Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower. Come over to Greetings From the Asylum and follow me too!

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  12. Thanks for linking up at my blog this is way cool and I need to get a basic purse now. I featured you come by and visit!!

    http://bestpartofbelieveis.blogspot.com/2011/05/squander-show-citations.html

    ~nikki

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  13. I am a non sewer Miche Bag owner so tried this and it turned out great on my first try!! Many thanks!

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  14. I would caution you in this way though: The magnets used on Miche products are earth magnets so they are safe for credit cards, cell phones, iPods, etc. Using regular magnets could harm your electronic/magnetized items.

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  15. Love the bag! The red and its design is so cute. Wow!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Cathy@custom digitizing

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  16. @ Andrea Warren: You are correct about the magnets, and that might negatively impact the brand name. I wonder if just gluing lightweight metal on the cardboard instead of magnets would hold to the base?

    Michelle Potler
    michellepotler.miche.com

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  17. Just curious - what is your second way?

    I'm definitely going to try this! Might even make a custom cover for my friend :)

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  18. I am curious - are you making these with any magnet in particular? Miche advertises that their magnets are credit card safe. Are all craft magnets safe for credit cards as well?

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  19. I can't seem to find the "sew" method. Did you ever do one?

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  20. Being leary of the magnet issue described above, I used velcro pieces beside the magnets on the Miche bag itself, and it works perfectly! AND, the real Miche covers hold by the magnets. Thx for sharing this tutorial, as it's so much better than paying 20.00 plus for the shells! :)

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  21. Cool! Is there a swe one? I could not find it either.

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