Handbags are more popular than ever! They are easy to sew and require far less fabric and time than quilts. They’re always the right size and fit perfectly—making them appealing to apparel sewists. I’ve been looking forward to sharing my Florida Bag design with you on today’s featured Sewing With Nancy Series. This is the first of two episodes of Nancy’s Favorite Handbag Sewing Techniques, that you can watch online anytime at NancyZieman.com.

Trace 'n Create Florida Bag Template by Nancy Zieman and Clover USA

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

Start with a Favorite Bag or Tote Pattern, or Template Set

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 design. The ribbons make a statement as pocket accents and are also used to accent the designer handles.

Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbags Sewing TechniquesI 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 Nancy’s Favorite Handbag Sewing Techniques on Sewing With Nancy online.

Nancy Zieman's Favorite Handbag Sewing Techniques

For a chance to win a Florida Bag Template  from Clover, please leave a comment sharing, what style bag will you be making for spring?

Trace 'n Create Florida Bag Template by Nancy Zieman and Clover USA

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Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge by Nancy Zieman

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