Photo of Brett Bara

Design Your Own Handbag

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

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!

See all lesson detail

Lesson plan


Lesson 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.


Lesson 2. Planning Your Design

  • Choose your bags's basic elements, including the shape, fabric, color and stabilizers you prefer. Then make the challenging decision of which fabulous additional details to include, and how you'll infuse personal touches.


Lesson 3. Reinforcing Your Fabric

  • Learn everything you need to know about interfacing, which is the key to your bag's structural integrity. Brett walks you through how to match fabrics and stabilizers and how to apply each type.


Lesson 4. Constructing the Basic Exterior

  • Discover easy and efficient ways to sew the bag, starting with the side seams, bottom and corners. Then you'll shape the bag to your liking and add feet as an added perk!


Lesson 5. Constructing the Basic Lining

  • What is it about a luxurious lining that is so irresistible? Take your sewing (and your bag) to the next level as you learn how to align and sew the linings, resulting in a sleek and professional looking product.


Lesson 6. Pockets

  • Find out whether it's ever possible to have enough pockets as you decide between zipper, flap, slot and patch pockets for your handbag.


Lesson 7. Handles & Straps

  • Whether you prefer slinging your bag over your shoulder or dangling it from your elbow, Brett offers solutions for every style! Learn how to use pre-made or custom-created handles and straps and various ways to securely attach them.


Lesson 8. Zippers

  • Conquer your fear of zipper installation as Bret explains recessed zippers and how to install a top zipper.


Lesson 9. Closures & Hardware

  • Now for the fun: accessorize your bag with snazzy clasps, tabs, studs and any other type of hardware you can dream up.


Lesson 10. Shape Variations

  • Review the order of construction and learn about some of the shapes you can audition, including totes, hobo and curved-top bags!

One of my favorite Craftsy classes so far. I've learned so many tips that I will apply to other sewing projects. I've made some projects from Brett's book and watched her on our local PBS station before taking this class, and I think she's a very talented designer and instructor. I hope to see more of her classes on Craftsy!
avatar - Drmrgirl
Phoenix, Arizona

5000+ students have enrolled in this class

Recently Enrolled

  • Denetra Howard Taylor
  • Maria Navedo-Merkt
  • Niken Kelasworo
  • Vee Emerson
  • gailinwa
  • Cester Cez
  • julliotmm6357828
  • jshayblanchette
  • clpimageri
  • amym885100002635622763

Student projects

Add to Cart Buy as a gift

For $34.99 you get:

  • 10 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class materials, including instructions and schematics
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from Brett in our virtual classroom
  Closed Captioned

The Craftsy guarantee

  • Watch classes on your own schedule: wherever, whenever you want.
  • Your access never expires.
  • 100% money back guarantee.

Already enrolled?