I'm presently taking the Design your own Handbag class from Craftsy following my sad and tragic experiences with sewing the World's Ugliest Bag. Here's what I've covered so far in the class. If you are interested, you can also read Part 1 of my review.
Class review – part 2
Lesson 3 – Reinforcing your Fabric.
Bags go through a lot of wear and tear and being thrown around and if you spend a lot of time and effort making the bag of your dreams, you want it to look good and to last. This lesson looks really in depth into how to make your bag strong, durable and looking good. No one wants to carry a flimsy looking handbag! Covered are:
- woven versus non-woven interfacing
- fusible versus non-fusibles
- light weight versus heavy weight
- how to use fusible fleece
- interfacing and fabrics
I found this to be a very interesting subject and I'll be giving this some thought for the future, and hope to write an article about some interfacing testing, to see what I like best for bags.
Lesson 4 – Constructing the Basic Exterior
An overview on the construction order and construction basics for the exterior of any bag including boxing the corners, making a flat and sturdy bottom, adding bag feet etc.
Lesson 5 – Constructing the Basic Lining
How to sew and construct a typical bag lining including adding a top facing, adding it to the bag, turning and top-stitching. What to do if your outer and lining don't match!
If you've not sewn a lot of bags before, lessons 4 and 5 are invaluable as they really show that basically bags are pretty much all constructed and sewn the same way. Tips and tricks here to get a professional looking finish, and everyone can benefit from these basic lessons.
Lesson 6 – Pockets
Pockets for both the inside and outside of the bag, combining function with decorative effects for the bags. One of the most striking of design elements and an essential part of any bag to make it really useful and make the contents easy to separate and find.
- zipper pocket
- flap pocket
- slot pocket
- patch pocket
Coming up next in lesson 7 is all about Handles and Straps. I'll report on that one and the final few lessons in Part 3 of my review coming up later.
Get the class
If you are interested in learning more about how to design and sew your own bags, you can sign up for this course with the current sale that is running and save a huge 40%. Just use the code YOURCRAFT40 at checkout. We never know how long these sales will last anymore so you should probably hurry if you're interested.
Disclosure – I bought the course myself and am not being compensated in any way from Craftsy for this course review. I really love the Craftsy classes and negotiated this special rate for your benefit. I am an affiliate so will receive a commission if you buy this course using my special discount link.