Nicole Vasbinder

Learn to Sew: Simple Bags

with Nicole Vasbinder

Develop essential skills as you create exciting projects, and start sewing with confidence! Instructor Nicole Vasbinder will teach how to sew for beginners, so your first steps into stitches are nothing but successful. During class, you’ll create two cute styles of bag: a timeless foldover tote with customizable pockets, and a tasteful zippered clutch. Both are approachable projects perfect for honing your new skills! Nicole will show you how to confidently work your machine, from threading to changing the bobbin, presser foot and needle. You’ll also get tips for fuss-free troubleshooting and learn how to sew accurate seams, backstitch and pivot. Plus, get comfortable working with or without a pattern, adding fusible interfacing and installing zippers with ease!

  • 7 Sessions
  • 2h 22m
Nicole Vasbinder

Nicole Vasbinder

Nicole Vasbinder is a sewist and instructor who, over the past decade, has spread the joys of sewing to thousands in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Formerly a designer and merchandiser in the garment industry, she owns and operates a fabric store and modern sewing school, StitchCraft. You can find Nicole’s designs in her books, Sewing Solutions, Sewing Machine Secrets and Super Stitches Sewing.

Learn to Sew: Simple Bags - Instructions and Templates

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Learn to Sew: Simple Bags
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