Total Time: 7 hours 58 mins 23 secs
Every month in 2016, we served up a new bag class taught by the most amazing bag designers (like Nicole Mallalieu, Elke Bergeron, Jen Hewett, and Fancy Tiger, to name a few). We featured an eclectic mix of designs, from snap clasp purses to totes with leather accents, so that you can learn a new skill with each bag you make.
Sewing Drawstring Bags
Ashley Nickels
Drawstring bags are a charming way to present a gift, and they couldn't be easier to make. Ashley Nickels adds a twist to this beginner sewing project by showing you how to finish the inside with French seams, and instead of twine or rope, she shows how to use selvedge trim to create your own drawstring. This customizable bag can be sewn in any size desired.
Hand-Stamped Round Coin Purse
Jen Hewett
Create one-of-a-kind coin purses with this simple tutorial. Printmaker Jen Hewett shows you how to create custom stamps and print fabric with geometric designs. You will then learn how to assemble the bag by sewing the curved edges, adding a lining, and finishing with a decorative zipper pull.
Sew a Pendleton Clutch
Fancy Tiger
Wondering what to do with a precious swath of Pendleton fabric? This striking woolen clutch from Fancy Tiger is the perfect answer. Sturdy canvas gives support and a solid lining fabric contrasts prettily with the bold jacquard fabric. Choose between two options for a closure: a simple toggle or a two-button leather wrap.
Hand-Stamped Tote Bag with Leather Handles
Jen Hewett
This adorable handbag is the ultimate personalized accessory. Printmaker and surface designer, Jen Hewett, shows you how to create simple stamps and print custom fabric. She then shows you how easy it is to sew a tote using your hand-stamped fabric. French seams and riveted leather handles create a professional finishing touch. 
Sew a Sleeping Bag
Annabel Wrigley
Learn how to turn a ready-made duvet cover into a snuggly sleeping bag, perfect for sleepovers. Instead of a zipper, Annabel Wrigley shows you how to customize with contrasting side ties, making for a surprisingly quick-to-stitch project. 
Sew a Feed Sack Bag
Elke Bergeron
Elke Bergeron shows you how to design and sew a versatile vintage-style tote, which can be worn off the shoulder or as a cross body bag. You will learn how to work with feedsack fabric, add a touch of canvas ticking for reinforcement, sew together a linen lining, and create leather straps. Add brass rivets and clips, and you will have your very own sturdy, handmade bag.
Sew a Dopp Bag
Ashley Nickels
Sewing a dopp bag is easier than you might think. Ashley Nickels teaches you how to create this structured yet simple bag, perfect for guys and ladies alike. You will learn how to add a handle, zipper and an inner laminate lining for easy clean up. Once you’re done, fill your dopp bag with toiletries and you’ll be on your way.
Stencil and Sew a Makeup Bag
Anna Joyce
Creating your own stencil for hand-printing fabric is surprisingly simple and lends a personal touch to this easy-to-sew bag. In this quick class, designer and artist Anna Joyce walks you through creating and working with stencils as well as fun sewing techniques for working with gussets, zippers and leather. As a bonus, the materials needed for this project will set you up for countless future stenciling endeavors.
Sew a Weekender Bag
Nicole Mallalieu
Expert bag maker and pattern designer, Nicole Mallalieu, shares an array of unique tips and tricks to construct your new favorite weekend-away bag. Featuring copious straps, clasps, and pockets, this roomy bag can be customized using a combination of your favorite fabrics. Although it is highly detailed and includes many steps, Nicole’s expert knowledge and extensive teaching experience will give sewists the confidence to make this skill-building bag step by step.
Screen Print Fabric and Sew a Clutch
Jen Hewett
Jen Hewett walks you through the process of screen printing from start to finish, and then shares how to sew a clutch from your custom-printed fabric. You will learn how to make four different print designs on a screen and how to print your fabric using a variety of two-color print combinations. Once you’ve custom-printed your own fabric, take it to the sewing machine to construct a simple, bold clutch using a patchwork technique—a great way to showcase all of your fabric designs on one accessory.
Sew a Snap-Clasp Purse
Nicole Mallalieu
If you’ve ever found yourself searching for that perfect purse for everyday wear, search no more. Professional bag maker, Nicole Mallalieu, shares how to make a snap-clasp purse using a rectangular purse frame, magnetic snaps, and a sturdy base with purse feet. It’s easy to customize the look and feel of your bag with fabric and hardware choices, and with so many professional-looking details, no one will be able to guess that you made the purse yourself.
Sew a Linen Bucket Bag
Elke Bergeron
Create your own linen and leather bag with the expert guidance of Elke Bergeron. Elke shows you how to sew a classic bucket bag, plus she shows you how to make a beautiful leather shoulder strap and a coordinating leather tassel. This class provides a foundation in basic sewing and leather-working skills, and results in a gorgeous handbag, perfect for year-round use.