How I learnt bag-making!

I love making bags! While I’ve done my graduation in fashion design, the course didn’t really include bag-making. I’ve learnt how to make bags mainly from PDF patterns.

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A mini NCW in progress.

These patterns have taught me pretty much everything I know about bag-making and are a super important part of the construction process. A pattern generally includes the list of recommended materials (fabrics, fusings,  interfacings, hardware) suitable for the particular style of bag, step by step photos/diagrams of the construction process and the pattern pieces.

The patterns I use come with a licence to sew and sell a small quantity of products hand-made from the pattern (no mass production). Since I make all the products myself, in the comfort of my home, this works well for me.

These are some of my favourite pattern designers-

Dog Under My Desk – I love Erin’s patterns for extremely well-written and detailed instructions. The bags have a clean and confident style which I love.

Michelle Patterns – These were the first patterns I ever tried. The designs are sweet and simple and a pleasure to make.

Noodlehead – For lovely, one of a kind styles. I love the 241 Tote pattern and the Go Anywhere Bag pattern.

Emmaline Bags – I LOVE the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern! When I first saw the pattern, I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it. But it’s such a great pattern, the wallet comes together very easily. I have made around 45 of these now!

Swoon Sewing Patterns – For great designs, lots of styles to choose from and very good instructions.

Blue Calla Patterns – For beautiful, graceful designs. I love the pleats!

Though the post title says ‘learnt’, I still have sooooo much more to learn!



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