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Sew Sturdy: The Ultimate Travel Bag

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Item # 15183981
Instructor : Annie Unrein
$39.99
Skill Level 2 : Some experience
Don't take one more trip with a bag you don't love! Learn how to make a quilted bag that's perfect for travel with beloved instructor Annie Unrein. In this class, learn step-by-step construction, starting with with how to create sturdy quilted fabric with foam stabilizer that will become the bag's front, back and side panels.  From there, you'll create reinforced handles and sturdy straps. Next, Annie will teach you how to make slip pockets, mesh pockets, combination slip-and-zip pockets and other variations. With your bag almost ready to construct, Annie will help you add a stabilizer sleeve to the bottom of the bag, install zippers, shape the bag's edges and bind them beautifully. Then you'll be ready to join the bag front and back to the side strip, before binding the edges and adding a few last details for a fabulous finish.  Don't take one more trip with a bag you don't love! Learn how to make a quilted bag that's perfect for travel with beloved instructor Annie Unrein. In this class, learn step-by-step construction, starting with with how to create sturdy quilted fabric with foam stabilizer that will become the bag's front, back and side panels. From there, you'll create reinforced handles and sturdy straps. Next, Annie will teach you how to make slip pockets, mesh pockets, combination slip-and-zip pockets and other variations. With your bag almost ready to construct, Annie will help you add a stabilizer sleeve to the bottom of the bag, install zippers, shape the bag's edges and bind them beautifully. Then you'll be ready to join the bag front and back to the side strip, before binding the edges and adding a few last details for a fabulous finish. More
Don't lug your luggage; love your luggage! Make a beautiful travel bag with durable structure, designer touches and professional construction details.

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Don't take one more trip with a bag you don't love! Learn how to make a quilted bag that's perfect for travel with beloved instructor Annie Unrein. In this class, learn step-by-step construction, starting with with how to create sturdy quilted fabric with foam stabilizer that will become the bag's front, back and side panels.  From there, you'll create reinforced handles and sturdy straps. Next, Annie will teach you how to make slip pockets, mesh pockets, combination slip-and-zip pockets and other variations. With your bag almost ready to construct, Annie will help you add a stabilizer sleeve to the bottom of the bag, install zippers, shape the bag's edges and bind them beautifully. Then you'll be ready to join the bag front and back to the side strip, before binding the edges and adding a few last details for a fabulous finish.
 Don't take one more trip with a bag you don't love! Learn how to make a quilted bag that's perfect for travel with beloved instructor Annie Unrein. In this class, learn step-by-step construction, starting with with how to create sturdy quilted fabric with foam stabilizer that will become the bag's front, back and side panels. From there, you'll create reinforced handles and sturdy straps. Next, Annie will teach you how to make slip pockets, mesh pockets, combination slip-and-zip pockets and other variations. With your bag almost ready to construct, Annie will help you add a stabilizer sleeve to the bottom of the bag, install zippers, shape the bag's edges and bind them beautifully. Then you'll be ready to join the bag front and back to the side strip, before binding the edges and adding a few last details for a fabulous finish.
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Instructor
   Annie Unrein

Annie Unrein is an expert quilter, pattern designer and teacher. Her quilts and designs have appeared in publications such as Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, Quilt, and Memory Makers magazines. She also created ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™, a product that adds body, stability and professional finish to purses, bags and home decor.

Materials: What you Need

1 . Chalk marker 
2 . Fabric clips 
3 . Fabric scissors or dressmaker's shears
4 . Glue stick
5 . Iron and ironing board
6 . Pins (recommended: large yellow-top quilting pins)
7 . Rotary cutter and mat 
8 . Sewing machine with ¼" foot
9 . Thread snips
10 . Transparent gridded quilter's ruler
11 . Washout marking pencil or pen
12 . Fabrics, hardware and notions as specified in your class materials

Lesson Plan: What you Learn

Lesson 1 : Quilting & Cutting the Fabric
00:22:02

Meet Annie Unrein, the mastermind behind By Annie's! She'll take you on a tour of The Ultimate Travel Bag's many features and help you choose your materials. Then you'll see how to quilt your fabric pieces to foam stabilizer and cut and label all the pieces for your bag.

Lesson 2 : Straps & Handles
00:21:08

Follow along as Annie teaches you how to sew the carrying strap, strap tabs and handles for your bag, and how to add strapping (webbing) for reinforcement where needed. You'll even make a shoulder strap to go over the handles on your rolling luggage for easy trips through the airport!

Lesson 3 : Pockets
00:30:58

Make convenient slip pockets for the outside of the bag. Annie will walk you through sewing an ingenuous combo slip-and-zip pocket for security, as well as mesh pockets for the inside of the bag. You'll also see how to bind the edges for polished pocket finishes.

Lesson 4 : Preparing the Side Strip
00:31:48

It's time to assemble the side strip, encompassing the bag bottom and a double-slide zipper for the main bag opening. Follow Annie as she joins up the fabric side strip and zipper strips with the pockets, installs the zipper, adds a stabilizer sleeve for a rigid bag bottom, and sew buttons on the bottom to protect your bag when you set it down.

Lesson 5 : Bag Front & Back
00:22:57

Find out how to add inside and outside pockets to the bag's front and back pieces. Then learn to shape the edges of the front and back for a graceful, roomy silhouette.

Lesson 6 : Making Binding & Strap Pad
00:25:16

You're almost done! Make custom bias binding strips from a square of fabric and a cushiony pad that will make your carrying strap more comfortable even with a fully loaded bag. Annie will also show you how to stitch the binding around curves and join the binding ends perfectly.

Lesson 7 : Completing the Bag
00:23:10

To complete the bag, join the bag front and bag back to the side-strip assembly, then bind the seams for Annie's "Cadillac finish." Make handy zipper pulls from a strip of fabric, insert your acrylic bag bottom into the stabilizer sleeve, and hit the road!



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