Metal Base Feet
All right, so I have some fancy purse fee to add to this bag and this is something that a lot of people like to add to their bags for just a little extra professional looking touch I guess in theory it's supposed to keep the bottom of the bag cleaner because it's sitting up on these little feet um and they make a nice noise baghdad um so it's just a nice little a nice little detail and, you know, really picks up the silver that's used on the bag other places to attach the feet we're going to install a base in the bag so the feet needed you could have the feet go just into the soft bottom of the bag but then it's they're really not going toe have the support they need so it's nice to add a stable bottom to the bag so this is a piece of um needle point plastic canvas and it's going to be placed in the bag between the exterior and the lining so it won't be seen and it's just something that the person beacon can latch into. So this is what the feet look like there's there's different kinds...
there's ones that have prongs like this with washers and there's also purse feet that have a little screw and again like the the twist lock there's different kinds of kinds that have screws and kinds that have prongs and washers and your bonus material materials have ah resource list hardware is something that's kind of tricky to find sometimes so that will be helpful toe help you find hardware so I like to place the feet about a half inch in from the corners of the bag so this base is cut to the size of the bottom of the bag and then they also nipped off these corners just because this plastic is pretty stiff and you know, wanted to like wear over time and poke holes through the bottom of the bag so I've already marked three holes um and cut out a little bit of the plastic and I'm just gonna mark one more so that's a half inch from the end of the bag and from the side of the bag and I'm just going to take the tip of my scissors and snip out that little that little x all right so now we have our little opening there and that is we get going we might have to futz with that and make that whole little bigger it's there might be a little little wiggle room all right? So now that I have that marked I'm going to use that is kind of a template to mark the bottom of my bag so I'm just gonna make a little mark in there so we'll take you can use your seam ripper if you haven't all tool you can use that um so we're going to make uh, four holes you could try the seam ripper might be a little better this again I like to just you know, go back and forth make a little hole, go back and make it bigger if I need to a little free check okay, so now I'm going tio fit the space down inside the bag kind of um just wedge it underneath e seem allowances in the corners try to center it um you could use uh double stick tape if you wanted to to kind of like uh get exactly where you want it and then we're going tio start with this actually I'm going to push this through first I can all right? And then I've got a go to the inside here and find the hole in the base okay? And then we'll take the washer and that on the other side there's one foot and you can see inside um but it's gone through the base and then the washers put down over the prongs and then the prongs are bent down. Okay, we're going to do the other three feet but I wanted to share a little tip I just recently heard about and this could really be used on many in many hardware situations and that is to use a little piece of painter's tape are masking tape and just cover that medal that little bit down there, because even though that will be in between the outer bag and the lining, it still has some little sharp edges. So if you have, like, heavy things in your bag and there, rubbing on that over time, those might wear through, so it doesn't look pretty, but basically it's, just another little addition to kind of, like, smooth over those points. Ok, so let's, do the other feet. All right, then we'll get the washer for that one, and then down the prongs. Ok, so now we have all four feet attached to the bottom of the bag.
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You'll learn how to:
- Add custom details to make your bag look more polished
- Experiment with a variety of exterior pockets
- Work with hardware closures and zippers
Betz will give you step-by-step instructions for making a bellows pocket, a pocket with corner darts, and a pocket flap. She’ll also show you the best way to construct concealed zipper closures and add metal base feet.
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Custom Exteriors Resource List
Custom Exteriors Tool Kit and Materials List
Custom Exteriors Pocket and Flap Templates