How To Measure Handbag Size

Handbag sizing is something that you will hear a lot about. The problem is, most people don’t know how to size their handbags!

Most women’s handbags are sized in inches. But there is no standard method to determine the size of a handbag that fits a woman’s body measurements.

However, this article will help you understand the importance of knowing your bag size and what factors determine it. In this article, we will show you how to measure your bag size in inches and recommend which brand of handbag best suits your body measurements.

Types Of Handbags

Different types of handbags fall into different categories, which require a specific size range. Knowing the type of handbag makes sizing much easier.

– Small clutches are typically stylish and small. They can fit inside your purse or on your wrist when you carry one by itself for hands free fun with friends!

– Leather Bags are produced in various styles, sizes, and materials that offer statement aesthetics without weighty price tags~ (clutch, small bag)

– Satchels are large and spacious. Offer comfort on the go with lots of extras! (Carryall, messenger/toiletry bag)

-Mini Bags can be used for hands free fun as well~ (backpacker’s/fanny pack)

– Hanging Bags are pockets and bag backs that are one big piece of fabric with long straps~ (messenger/purse)

Steps To Measuring Handbag Size

The first step is to know your body measurements. For example, if you have a bust measurement of 38 inches and hips width 36 inches. If the handbag maker has their own sizes, they will target their size ranges at this proportion ratio of


– The bag maker would take your measurements and divide them into 4 sections to make a template for each side of the handbag design. For example, if you have 38 inches at bust measurement then it will be divided in 8-inch increments across the chest area to get 13 sections total on both sides of the purse for that size range. To save time, some alterations may be done so every exterior has one X (8 Point) so you can fasten it to the frame by yourself.

– In this case, your size 54 is likely a regular outer bag and not good for a handbag because of its volume.

– This size will give the impression that it’ll be much larger on exterior dimensions but in reality, only one 4 Point section across the chest makes up this entire dress bag which happens to have less than half an inch difference in length between openings.

– If a size range is not offered, or you cannot find the size chart on the website of your desired bag maker then this handy handbag calculator was created for free online sizing and body proportions.

 Do I Need To Buy Special Tools For Measuring My Bag’s Dimensions?

If you want to know the dimensions of your bag, all you need is a ruler.

Just measure the width and height of your bag and then use that number as a base for how much fabric you will need to cut.

The reason why this method works is because it doesn’t matter what size the pattern is, only the dimensions of the piece are important.

Yes, you need special tools for hemming a sleeve. A tool called a

bound-off edge guide helps you to make all of your hems beautiful and professional looking.

You can also use this tool as an easy way to mark your fabrics (especially if the fabric is stretchier), but some don’t advise that because it may cause the seam allowances and markings to slide around on slippery surfaces which will cause different measurements depending on where you pick them up again.

 Can I Sew Another Bag From This Size Pattern?

Yes, but remember that the added exterior will most likely be too large for a handbag and give the wrong impression about its actual depth compared to its width so it won’t fit in easily into your purse or pocketbooks.


If you’re in the market for a new handbag, you need to know how to measure it before making your purchase. This post has shown you how to do so! You can also refer to this infographic for some helpful tips on measuring your bag.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Method Of Measuring Handbag Size Should I Use: Length, Width, Or Height?

Measuring the height of a handbag is the most common method. However, measuring width and length can also be done to determine which size bag will fit you best.

Should I Take Into Account Different Fabrics When Measuring My Bag’s Dimensions?

This is a very common question that we get asked all the time.

When measuring your bag’s dimensions, you should always take into account different fabrics as some materials are thicker than others. For example, an average leather bag is about 0.3 inches thick while canvas and vinyl bags are usually between 0.1-0.2 inches thick.

How Big Is A Medium Sized Bag?

A medium sized bag is usually measured as a 20-inch width by 12-inch height by 6-inch depth.

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