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with Lisa Lam
Online Class

20 Essential Techniques for Better Bags

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Get the results you deserve out of every handbag you sew! Join designer and founder of, Lisa Lam, and learn how to make a bag project more beautiful and durable using a bevy of essential techniques. During class, Lisa will teach you about the pros and cons of different interfacings, interlinings and linings, and she'll show you two handy methods for sewing lining into your bag. Then, you'll conquer skills for zipper installation — from choosing the right zipper to creating pretty end-tabs — and find out how to create two functional, polished pocket styles. Wondering how to create sturdy yet chic bag handles? Lisa will demonstrate how to sew custom handles, before laying out how you can use closures to create a classier bag. Plus, you'll learn how to add fabulous rivets and eyelets that add visual intrigue to any handbag!


  • intermediate
  • 8 episodes
  • 2h20m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet Lisa Lam, an expert in crafting boutique-quality bags at home! Start enhancing the handcrafted bags you're already making with her tips for beautiful zippers, pockets, handles and metal closures.

2. Bag Structure

2. Bag Structure

Learn the basic anatomy of a handbag, including the gusset, flap and strap. Lisa shows different types of interfacing and interlining you can use to craft your bag, outlining the pros and cons of each variety. You'll also learn the trick behind creating less bulky seams when using thick interlining.

3. Linings

3. Linings

Lisa explains the differences between a drop-in lining and a turned lining for your handbag. She demonstrates how to attach a strap to a tote bag and the best way to sew a turned lining into your bag. Finally, you'll learn Lisa's secret behind a shorter lining.