Lisa Lam

20 Essential Techniques for Better Bags

Lisa Lam
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Meet Lisa Lam, an expert in crafting boutique-quality bags at home! Start enhancing the handcrafted bags you're already making with her tips for beautiful zippers, pockets, handles and metal closures.
Learn the basic anatomy of a handbag, including the gusset, flap and strap. Lisa shows different types of interfacing and interlining you can use to craft your bag, outlining the pros and cons of each variety. You'll also learn the trick behind creating less bulky seams when using thick interlining.
Lisa explains the differences between a drop-in lining and a turned lining for your handbag. She demonstrates how to attach a strap to a tote bag and the best way to sew a turned lining into your bag. Finally, you'll learn Lisa's secret behind a shorter lining.
Sewing with zippers may seem intimidating, but Lisa walks you through every detail to make the perfect handbag. From choosing the right kind of zipper for your bag to tips for creating a pretty tab for the end of the zipper, Lisa provides the directions to make it easy.
Expand your bag's function with different types of pockets. Between the darted pocket and the flushed zipper pocket, you'll be able to personalize your handbag even further with Lisa's guidance. Be sure to watch the zipper lesson first so you have an idea of what type of pocket you want to make!
Increase the functionality of your bag! From simple D-rings to complex adjustable straps, Lisa provides the steps to create any kind of handle you need! You'll also follow along with Lisa as she shows you how to attach leather straps to your bag by hand.
Elevate the elegance of your bag with a metal closure. Lisa demonstrates how to attach a useful twist lock closure to your bag. She also goes over the steps to add a tongue lock and describes which bags are best for this type of closure.
Embellishing your bag with eyelets and rivets is a great way to make your work look more professional. Lisa demonstrates examples of great uses for eyelets and then shows the tools you'll need to insert one on your bag. She also goes over the basics of adding rivets to straps, too!
8 Lessons
2  hrs 20  mins

Crafting a well-made handbag takes practice, finesse, and maybe a few handy tricks. Join designer and founder of, Lisa Lam, to learn how you can add beauty and durability to all of your purse projects. This one’s in the bag.

Throughout this course, Lisa will teach you about the pros and cons of different interfacings, interlinings and linings, and show you two handy methods for sewing lining into your bag. Then, you’ll conquer skills for zipper installation—from choosing the right zipper to creating attractive end-tabs—and find out how to create two functional, polished pocket styles. Wondering how to create chic-yet-sturdy handles? Lisa will demonstrate how to sew custom handles and explain how using closures can create a classier bag. Plus, you’ll learn how to add fabulous rivets and eyelets that add visual intrigue to any handbag!

Lisa Lam

Once upon a time, Lisa Lam received lots of lovely off-cuts from a curtain maker and thought they might sell as bags. Boy was she right! During her bag-sewing escapades, Lisa realized the supplies she needed weren't as easy to obtain as they should be. That's how her site,, was born! Now, she spends most of her time designing sewing patterns and kits, putting together tutorials for future bag fanatics and sourcing yummy fabrics, handles, patterns and accessories. She's also the author of two best-selling bag books: The Bag Making Bible and A Bag for All Reasons.

Lisa Lam

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