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Design Your Own Handbag

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Design Your Own Handbag taught by Brett Bara

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

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Casual
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What materials did you use? Home decor fabrics, interfacing, zippers, cording, hardware, and leather handles

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What are you most proud of? That I have designed and handmade the most practical handbag I have ever owned. I learned how to install a recessed zipper and make cording.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be sure to watch all the options that Brett shows. Really think about how you want your bag to function. There are many steps to making your bag - plan each stage and pay attention to the order that needs to be followed to include everything you want.

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Your bag looks very professional and I love the colors. Did you also make the handles or purchase them. The handle making is my least favorite part of this class and I like shortcuts.

07/29/2013 Flag

I purchased them from HautMess on Etsy - here is the link

07/29/2013 Flag

Oh great, thanks for the link!

08/02/2013 Flag

Thanks for the link. These will make things much easier.

08/02/2013 Flag

Very nice! so many details! Great job :)

07/29/2013 Flag

Brett, Thank you so much for offering this class. I had so much fun figuring out just what to put into this bag - slip pockets, zipper pockets, hardware, etc. I'm so excited to start my next project and thanks to this class I have the knowledge and confidence to do more.

07/29/2013 Flag

Very nice handbag! Love the detail! Thank you for the sound advice!!

07/29/2013 Flag

I absolutely loved this class and can't wait to do another handbag - looks like it's going to be a handmade Christmas!

07/29/2013 Flag

Your bag looks great, love your label!!

08/01/2013 Flag

Love your bag and all the extra details.

08/04/2013 Flag

I made them using T-shirt transfers and muslin. All you need is a computer word process program.

08/06/2013 Flag

Great bag, wonderful design!

10/26/2013 Flag