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Making Leather Bags

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Don't spend hundreds on a handbag when you can make one on your sewing machine. Customize and sew boutique-quality leather handbags with designer Don Morin.

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Don Morin
  • 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.


Learn professional leatherwork techniques to create a sophisticated and stylish leather tote using Don’'s Craftsy-exclusive pattern. Discover tips for selecting quality leather and to efficiently lay out your pattern to get the most and best from your leather hide. Customize the interior of your bag to suit your unique needs, and create pocketed side panels without extra bulk. Add that extra polish with contrasting leather, mitered gusset corners, rouleaux handles and an expertly installed zipper. Make this class your latest accessory. Enroll now in Making Leather Bags.

What You'’ll Learn:

* Construction methods and design process using a spec sheet

* To shop for, mark and cut leather hides

* To skive, stabilize and sew leather pieces

* To add contrasting trim and make rouleaux handles

* To design and create a bag lining with custom features

* To attach a zipper and lining to leather facing

* To reinforce your bag base and fashion mitered corners

What You'’ll Make:

* A boutique-level tote handbag

Lesson Breakdown

1. Meet Don Morin & Plan Your Bag
Meet instructor Don Morin and start designing your bag. Learn about construction methods and discuss bag functionality.
2. Leather Selection & Cutting
3. Machine Setup & Outer Pocket
4. Assembling Bag Front & Adding Trim
5. Making & Attaching Rouleaux Straps
6. Lining Your Bag
7. Adding a Zipper Top
8. Base, Side Seams & Corners
9. Finishing Your Bag

Recommended with this class

  • Thin leather for bag exterior
  • Walking foot, rolling foot or Teflon foot for your sewing machine
  • Bag hardware as listed in your class materials

Taught by

Don Morin
Don Morin
Clothing designer, patternmaker, and educator, Don Morin is the design talent behind the blog, Bag’n-telle. A 30-year veteran of the Canadian fashion scene, Don has designed everything from swimwear to fur coats for many private-label Canadian manufacturers and now trains new generations of design hopefuls for the garment industry.

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