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20 Essential Techniques for Better Bags

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Bring greater style and structure to all of your handbags! Learn how to easily install linings, zippers, pockets, handles and more in any bag project.

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Lisa Lam
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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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!

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Linings
4. Zippers
5. Pockets
6. Handles
7. Metal Closures
8. Eyelets & Rivets

Taught by

Lisa  Lam
Lisa Lam
Once upon a time, Lisa Lam received lots of lovely off-cuts from a curtain maker and thought they might sell as bags. Boy was she right! During her bag-sewing escapades, Lisa realized the supplies she needed weren't as easy to obtain as they should be. That's how her site,, was born! Now, she spends most of her time designing sewing patterns and kits, putting together tutorials for future bag fanatics and sourcing yummy fabrics, handles, patterns and accessories. She's also the author of two best-selling bag books: The Bag Making Bible and A Bag for All Reasons.

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