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!
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.
Start building your bag from the inside with the interior divided and zipper pockets. Betz shows how you can customize the divided pockets to meet your needs -- pencil slots for an artist or space for a beach-goer's flip-flops. If you're intimidated by zippers, you'll be reassured by Betz's easy technique for installing the zipper pocket, and delighted by the professional look you'll achieve.
Your exterior pockets are next. Choose a pleated or bellows pocket, and a twist-lock or magnetic fastener. Both are easy to install and give your bag a polished look. Betz walks you through the assembly of the pocket flaps, pocket body and fasteners step by step.
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