Online Class

Sew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel

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Sew beautifully constructed duffel bags that stand up to travel and stand out with custom style. Build your sewing skills to create bags as fun as they are functional.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Betz White
  • 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

Boost your bag-making abilities as you learn to sew professional-looking duffels with guidance from designer and author Betz White. Start with how to cut out all the fabric pieces for your bag and work with specialty stabilizers. Then, see how to construct two types of interior and exterior pockets complete with hardware, so all your necessities stay right where you want them. Assemble your bag's front and back, create a full lining and get tips for sewing the curved end panels with neat, durable enclosed seams. Sew your duffel's main zipper so it will never snag on the lining. Add sturdy upper and lower handles as well as a detachable shoulder strap. Finish your bag with a fully lined base and an optional insert for added structure. Learn how to sew a travel bag in a weekend!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Preparing Materials
15:02
Meet your sewing instructor, Betz White, and learn about the features of the weekend duffel you'll be making. You'll choose a trendy print or solid fabric, then add useful features such as exterior expanding pockets, a zippered inner pocket, reinforced straps, a solid bottom and fashionable fabric accents. Betz shows how to use the included templates and measurements to cut out and stabilize all the fabric you'll need.
2. Interior Pockets
28:42
3. Exterior Pockets
33:50
4. Assembling the Bag Front & Back
20:27
5. Zipper & End Panels
30:20
6. Base of Bag
18:45
7. Finishing Touches
27:26

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Taught by

Betz White
Betz White
Fabric and pattern designer Betz White is known for her bold, colorful modern aesthetic and skilled craftsmanship. She’s the author of "Warm Fuzzies," "Sewing Green," and "Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow." Betz has been featured on "The Martha Stewart Show," on the cover of CRAFT: Magazine, and in numerous craft podcasts.

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