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Online Class

Sewing Structured Bags: Purse Frames & Beyond


Online Class




Get bag-savvy by mastering the use of purse frames!

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What You Get

  • 5 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a supply list and patterns for the Easy Peasy Purse and the sophisticated Carpet Bag
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Lisa Lam
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


This technique is in the bag! Join bag-making expert Lisa Lam as she shares easy-to-follow instructions for creating refined, durable bags using exterior and interior purse frames. She'’ll share expert advice, tips and step-by-step instruction to create two purses, the Easy Peasy Purse clutch bag and the roomy Carpet Bag.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started With Exterior Frames
Meet instructor Lisa Lam, expert handbag-pattern designer. Lisa starts class by helping you choose frames for the Easy Peasy Clutch Bag you'll make in class. Then, find out how to draft the pattern for any frame, even adding pleats or gathers for easy glamor.
2. Constructing the Easy Peasy Purse
3. Preparing the Carpet Bag
4. Constructing the Carpet Bag
5. Completing the Carpet Bag

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Taught by

Lisa  Lam
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.

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