Learning to Sew Structured Bags + A Free Bag Project

I love making bags. It’s nice to sew something that doesn’t require fitting and I can get done in an afternoon or so. But, it’s funny because with so many bags that I make I still manage to carry my projects around in plastic grocery bags!

Here is a favorite knitting bag I made a while back. This is from vintage bark cloth I found at an antique store in South Dakota. On this one I just drafted a pattern to fit the handles and lined in a raspberry taffeta for a little luxe feel to it.

photo5 Learning to Sew Structured Bags + A Free Bag ProjectSimple to make, a pleasure to carry.

As the weather turns to cooler temps I need something a little bit more autumnal, and with more pockets and structure. Structured bags are great for tote bags, messenger bags and even diaper bags. Sewing structured bags is an easy step up from your basic tote bag making. You learn how to use hardware, interfacing and inserting a lining. Plus adding piping and feet to the bottom of the bag makes any bag look straight out of better department stores.

Have you tried making structured bags? If you need guidance from an expert check out new videos from Craftdaily.com on how to make a great tote bag. In “Part 2: Bag Savvy” award winning designer and author Linda McGehee shows how easy it is to make professional looking bags by using her time tested techniques.

I love watching Linda McGehee talk and sew bags. She’s engaging, passionate and knows her stuff.

In Part 2 you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of:

  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Chain application
  • Corded piping
  • Sew-in magnetic snaps
  • Installing internal and external hardware
  • Bag feet
  • Pockets and placement
  • Choosing the right interfacing

Part 1: Bag Savvy Linda shows you all the ins-and-outs of sewing unstructured bags. In this video you’ll learn how to:

  • Sew a zipper into a bag
  • Fix the zipper on a bag if mistakes are made during bag construction
  • Sew a mitered edge on a zipper once it is sewn onto the bag
  • Make a mitered bottom for a bag
  • Measure for bias binding using the width of your bag and sew it on properly
  • Apply various stitches that look great when finishing bias binding
  • Add straps to bags securely
  • And more!

After you have learned all about making structured and unstructured bags take your knowledge for a test drive and sew this very roomy and structured bag from Rashida Coleman-Hale in Sew It All TV’s episode 510. You can get all the instructions  and start making your own roomy tote.

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Check ‘em out and let me know what you made!





 Learning to Sew Structured Bags + A Free Bag Project

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10 Responses to Learning to Sew Structured Bags + A Free Bag Project

  1. Leona schamp says:

    I. Love ❤ to sew bags and close when I have time to but I make my own bags

  2. sexdate says:

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  4. EllynAnne says:

    I have several of the knitting bags, all needing a redo. Inspired by your example, so thank you!

  5. Leona Schamp says:

    Thanks for your project bags will love ❤ to get started

  6. Leona Schamp says:

    I love ❤ to to sew. And make bags and purses and diaper bags all kinds of different things blankets etc. Will love ❤ to have your material

  7. Nancy says:

    Thank you for a great bag/tote project. I love to sew these and this has some nice room for machine embroidery too!