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Design Your Own Handbag

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Design and sew your very own high-fashion handbag in this class taught by author, designer and television host Brett Bara.

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What You Get

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

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Learn professional tips every step of the way, from planning your bag's unique shape and fabrics, to adding finishing snaps and straps. Brett provides you with a basic handbag shape that can be adapted into an endless variety of styles, including her tote bag, slouchy hobo bag, and curved top bag. Pick up more advanced skills such as constructing zipper pockets, creating pleats, and attaching hardware. Choose your own process and create a chic, custom bag today!

What You'll Learn:

* Customize the basic handbag shape for your own design

* Pick the perfect lining fabric and interfacing

* Add various types of pockets such as flap and slot pockets

* Accessorize with handles and hardware

* Sew a recessed zipper and other closures

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet your instructor, Brett Bara, and learn how to use the Craftsy platform as you navigate the ins and outs of handbag construction.
2. Planning Your Design
3. Reinforcing Your Fabric
4. Constructing the Basic Exterior
5. Constructing the Basic Lining
6. Pockets
7. Handles & Straps
8. Zippers
9. Closures & Hardware
10. Shape Variations

Recommended with this class

  • Bag hardware for your design

Taught by

Brett Bara
Brett Bara
Brett Bara found her crafty calling during childhood while accompanying her mom on trips to the fabric store. Today, as the author of Sewing in a Straight Line and the creator of Brooklyn Craft Camp, Brett is well-known throughout the sewing and crafting community as a professional designer, editor, and teacher. Brett is a returning Craftsy instructor, and has also taught her maker magic at a wide variety of venues from Mood Fabrics and Maker Faire to The American Folk Museum and The Martha Stewart Show.

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