Weekly, one of the top searched topics on my blog site is how to sew handbags. Even though I’ve presented numerous Sewing With Nancy programs on the topic, I am glad that you want more bag sewing tips. Why? I too enjoy creating handbags and totes.

Welcome to a new season of Sewing With Nancy to my first of two episodes, Nancy’s Favorite Handbag Sewing Techniques, which you can watch online.

What You’ll Learn in this Episode of Sewing With Nancy

Start with a Favorite Bag or Tote Pattern, or Templates

During this two-part series, you’ll see five different handbag options all made using the Trace ‘n Create Bag Florida Tote Template.


Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbag Sewing Techniques



It’s What’s Inside that Counts

The foundation for all bags and totes is what’s inside. Here’s how I give shape and support when sewing bags and totes.

  • Fuse interfacing to the back of the bag pieces. I like to use ShirTailor.
  • Cut another layer of interfacing, Peltex, and machine baste along the edges.
  • Finally add a layer of Create ‘n Shape, a bag and tote plastic stabilizer, to the base of the bag/tote. It stitches like a hot knife to butter, but must be held in place prior to sewing with double-sided basting tape.


Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbag Sewing Techniques



Use Ribbons for Classic Accents

A collection of Renaissance Ribbons that I designed inspired the first bag idea. The ribbons make a statement as pocket accents and are also used to accent the designer handles.


Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbags Sewing Techniques



I like to make visual decisions visually, a quote I’ll always remember from Sewing With Nancy guest, Lorraine Torrence. Some of the ribbons are reversible. Auditioning them on the fabric made the decision easy.


Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbags Sewing Techniques




Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbags Sewing Techniques



Apply Designer Straps

Checking out ready-made bags, I found straps that were 1″ wide at the base and sewn in the handle area. Nice! Learn how to use Create-a-Strap, D-Rings, and ribbon to copy brand-name designs.


Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbags Sewing Techniques



Create a Market Tote

I mentioned earlier that sewing handbags is a frequently requested topic, specifically how to add a zipper to a pattern that doesn’t include one. The Market Tote addresses that need. It’s big, roomy, and most importantly, a secure bag with a recessed zipper closure.


Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbags Sewing Techniques



  • You’ll learn how to custom-sew a recessed zipper to fit any tote or handbag.


Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbags Sewing Techniques



 


Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbags Sewing Techniques



  • Then, learn how to modify handles, making them arched!


Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbags Sewing Techniques



Watch this New Episode of Sewing With Nancy online. 

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Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbag Sewing Techniques



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