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Building Better Bags: Interfacing & Structure

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Savvy sewers know interfacing is the secret to professional-looking bags. Learn how to choose and use each type for beautiful bags with custom structure.

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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 Sara Lawson
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Make any handbag structured and stylish with techniques for selecting the best interfacing for bags. Patternmaker and sewing instructor Sara Lawson begins by teaching you about interfacing and how to choose the perfect type for every bag. Then, see how to work with flexible fusibles, medium and heavy-duty interfacings, fleece, foams and more as you explore bag-making from the inside out. Along the way, you'll discover the best way to test, fuse and sew each interfacing. Plus, get tips for using interfacing to support handles and hardware. You'll learn tricks for using alternative materials such as buckram, either to add structure or because you're in a pinch and ready to sew. Sara will also showcase her favorite designs and sewing techniques, demystify what happens when you wash hand-sewn bags and show you tips to achieve a fresh-pressed look. Never again wonder which interfacing to choose!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet bag pattern designer and author Sara Lawson! In this introductory lesson, you'll learn that what's inside a bag is just as important as what's on the outside. Sara shows a selection of her own gorgeous bags and tells you a little about herself and her passion for bags.
2. Choosing & Testing Interfacing
3. Flexible Fusible Interfacings
4. Heavyweight Fusibles
5. Sew-In Interfacings & Combining Interfacings
6. Structured Reinforcements
7. Binding & Piping
8. Pressing & Care

Taught by

Sara  Lawson
Sara Lawson
Sara Lawson is a sewing blogger, teacher and the author of Big-City Bags and Windy City Bags. She has designed more than 25 bag patterns for top brands such as Pellon. Her passion for sewing takes her around the United States as a workshop and sewing guild instructor.

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