Advanced | 2 hours
Taught by Nicole Mallalieu
In order to understand bag construction and design terminology, it’s key to start with simple constructions. Nicole Mallalieu starts you off on your bag-making journey with a flat two-dimensional bag and a three-piece 3D gusset bag with straps. You will learn how to mock up your design in paper, and then sew a muslin in order to see how these shapes come together. This class teaches the importance of understanding seam allowances and notches on patterns while you’re designing the pattern. 
Learn how to:
  • Draft a 2-D and 3-D bag
  • Turn a draft into a pattern
  • Attach handles 
  • Make a straight gusset
  • Make an angled gusset

Chapters
01:23
00:56
Two-Sided Bags
04:48
18:24
Three-Sided Bags
19:06
09:36
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Large paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Quilting ruler
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Sharp pencil
  • Sticky tape
  • Glue stick
  • Eraser
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Thread
  • A few yards of muslin
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Discussion
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    Bag Design Workshop
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    Part 1:
    Drafting a Basic Bag Pattern
    Nicole Mallalieu
    In order to understand bag construction and design terminology, it’s key to start with simple constructions. Nicole Mallalieu starts you off on your bag-making journey with a flat two-dimensional bag and a three-piece 3D gusset bag with straps. You will learn how to mock up your design in paper, and then sew a muslin in order to see how these shapes come together. This class teaches the importance of understanding seam allowances and notches on patterns while you’re designing the pattern. 
    Part 2:
    Moving Seam Lines and Making Linings
    Nicole Mallalieu
    Working with the basic design you drafted in Part 1, you’ll learn how to move seam lines to create a variety of all-new bag designs. Nicole Mallalieu covers methods for designing a boxed-corner bag, a bag with side or base gussets, and a color-blocked bag. Once you’re happy with the outside of your bag, you’re ready to turn your attention to the inside, learning how to draft the pattern for facings, linings, and pockets. 
    Part 3:
    Pleats, Gathers and Finishing Details
    Nicole Mallalieu
    Now that you understand the basics of bag design and how to play with seam lines, you can begin to divide these shapes again to add pleats, gathers, darts, and color blocks. These design features are what will make your bag truly special, adding the finishing touch to your unique design. You’ll also get to see samples of Nicole’s finished bags made using the techniques shown in this course so you can start imagining the possibilities.
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