Making presents yourself is totally #GiftingGoals. Why can't your packaging be decked out and DIY, too? Not only is this bag easy and fun, it's also reusable — so it's like a whole other gift for your recipient!
Elevate the look of the beautiful bags you made in Lesson 4 as you add designer details like an exposed metal zipper and piping. Discover the particular considerations that are necessary for installing metal zippers, which will give your bags a chic touch. Then, learn how to make piping with your serger and attach it around the edge of your bag. You won't believe how quickly these bags come together; your friends won't believe they didn't come from a high-end store!
Make a bag that will grab people's attention as you modify your standard template to make a bag with a boxed bottom! Discover how to work with faux suede as you learn how to box the bottom of your bag and add a hidden panel for support. Then, master advanced finishing techniques as you learn to hide all of the seams of your bag for a truly professional finish!
Meet Diane and begin by exploring the Harris Tote's features. Discover the best fabrics, interfacings, and stabilizers to use for the bag and lining. After you cut out all the pattern pieces, watch as Diane demonstrates her fusing technique.
Now, put your newly learned techniques to use by sewing your first project: a tote bag! After a quick recap of the cutting and marking process, start your bag by preparing and stitching the pocket to the front. Then add shaping to the bottom of the front and back with darts.
Build your skills with the Two-Zip Pouch, using two 7-inch metal zippers (for this project, you could also use polyester or nylon zippers). Create a zipper pocket with zipper tabs, and be sure to use a colorful fabric for the pocket lining for a surprise every time you open it.
Take the bag pattern you know and love and dress it up for a night out! Angela shows you how to make one simple modification to create a stylish, sophisticated clutch! Use the fabric you made in Lesson 3 to add gathered or pintucked details to your purses. Then, dress up your bags and show off your personality as you add charms, decorative chains and even handmade leather tassels!
Start with a tour of the features of the Get-It-Together Purse Organizer. You'll use all the skills you've already learned to put this together, starting with adding binding strips to pockets and adding a contrasting fabric pocket with dividers and a mesh pocket to the outer front panel.
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.
Build on the skills you've learned in previous lessons to make an attractive zippered clutch. Discover an easy way to use a paper pattern to cut out fabric pieces, and get helpful tips for working with fusible interfacing. You'll also make a sturdy wrist strap for your clutch.
Make fashionable satin zipper bags of any size with Angela's guidance -- completely on your serger! Learn basic bag construction as you gather tips for working with slinky fabrics, including silk charmeuse, attaching a nylon zipper and adding a contrasting lining. See how easy it is to add tabs, perfect for holding an embellishment or even a hook for carrying!
Continue assembling the tote bag from Lesson 3. Get step-by-step instruction on pressing and stitching the handles -- and see how to securely attach them to the bag. Enhance the design by adding a pocket before sewing the outside of the bag together.
Can a woman ever have too many bags? Create a sturdy tote with a wool sweater from your closet or the thrift store. Use the original construction of the sweater to create the main part of the bag, then add a button flap and pocket with the remaining scraps.