Sewing Structured Bags: Purse Frames & Beyond
This technique is in the bag! Join bag-making expert Lisa Lam as she shares easy-to-follow instructions for creating refined, durable bags using exterior and interior purse frames. Shell share expert advice, tips and step-by-step instruction to create two purses, the Easy Peasy Purse clutch bag and the roomy Carpet Bag.
Lisa Lam is a London College of Fashion graduate and founder of U-Handbag.com, an online destination for bag-making supplies. Her popular blog tutorials led her to write two best-selling books, "The Bag Making Bible" and "A Bag for All Reasons." She has also filmed two DVDs, taught workshops at Liberty of London and published sewing patterns. Lisa feels right at home with the online crafting community where she writes her blog and keeps up with her fellow makers on social media.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet instructor Lisa Lam, expert handbag-pattern designer. Lisa starts class by helping you choose frames for the Easy Peasy Clutch Bag you'll make in class. Then, find out how to draft the pattern for any frame, even adding pleats or gathers for easy glamor.
Make sure your bag will stand up to the test! Follow along with Lisa as she constructs the Easy Peasy Bag and carefully glues it into the frame for secure, professional results.
How about a bag that's a little bigger? Get on your way by preparing fabric and pockets for a roomy carpet bag with an interior frame. Lisa also guides you through choosing fabrics, constructing a flap with a gorgeous hand-stitched clasp, and sewing elastic-top pockets for the inside of your bag.
Bring that bag together! Construct the lining and exterior of your carpet bag with step-by-step instruction that you can sew along with. As you go, you'll attach the pockets you made in the previous lesson.
You're almost there. In this lesson, you'll add a plastic bag bottom and feet to support your bag. Then join the exterior and lining layers before Lisa shows you the simple steps to inserting an interior frame. And you've got a bag!