Free Tutorials

How to fit a Bag Bottom into a bag
Below is a rough guide on how to attach a bag bottom, steps will vary dependent on the style of bag you are making, for patterns with more detailed instructions, our Cavernous Carpet BagButton Moon Bag and Queen Bee Bag all bag bottoms and specific instructions on how to attach them.
Step 1 - Cut the plastic grid a touch smaller than your bag bottom pattern piece so that you get a snug fit in the bottom of your finished bag.
Step 2 - Using loose temporary stitches, secure the plastic grid to the WS bottom of your bag exterior.
Step 3 - The temporary stitches will keep the plastic grid in place whilst you sew your bag lining to your bag exterior.
Step 4 - Push your bag lining into your bag exterior and remove the temporary stitches.
    How to attach Bag Feet
    Ensure you attach your bag feet before sewing your lining and outer fabrics together.
    Step 1 - Mark each of the 4 areas where you want to place your bag feet (not too close to the ends of the corners, you don't want the feet to be too visible).
    Step 2 - Make two very small slits into your markings (a seam ripper is perfect for this job).
    Step 3 - From the right side of the fabric, push the prongs through the slits.
    Step 4 - Using your thumb, push the prongs away from each other so they are flat.
    Step 5 - Iron a 2" square of fusible fleece over the prongs, to ensure they won't wear through your fabric.
    Step 6 - Repeat steps 2-5 with the remaining feet.
      How to attach Magnetic Snap Closures
      Ensure you attach your magnetic snaps before sewing your lining and outer fabrics together.
      Step 1 - It's a good idea to reinforce the area of fabric (on the wrong side) that you will be attaching the snaps too, with a small square of fusible Interfacing.
      Step 2 - Mark both the areas where you want to put the snaps, making sure the marks are level and central.
      Step 3 - Make two very small slits into your markings (a seam ripper is perfect for this job).
      Step 4 - From the right side of the fabric, push the prongs through the slits.
      Step 5 - Slip a metal washer over the prongs then, using your thumb, push the prongs away from each other so they are flat.
      Step 6 - Iron a 2" square of fusible fleece over the prongs, to ensure they won't wear through your fabric.
      Step 7 - Repeat steps 1-6 with the other half of the snap.
        How to apply fabric to Purse Frames (without sewing holes)
        * For Curved Frames see this step-by-step tutorial in our Blog
        * For Straight Frames see this step-by-step tutorial in our Blog