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Build Your Own Tote Bag: Custom Exteriors

with Betz White

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  •   01 Tools & Materials for Exteriors

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About The Class

make a more polished tote bag.

Don’t let your fear of zipper installation or inexperience with pocket construction and hardware closures stop you from ornamenting your tote!

Join Betz White for Build Your Own Tote Bag: Custom Exteriors and learn tricks and techniques for getting professional-looking results. 

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.

If you want to advance your sewing skills and make a more polished bag, join Betz White in Build Your Own Tote Bag:  Custom Exteriors.

Learn how to add a pop of color with two-sided handles or create a leather strap in Betz's tutorials on the CreativeLive blog 


And be sure to check out Betz's other class "Build Your Own Tote Bag: Custom Interiors".

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Tools & Materials for Exteriors

    04:45
  2. 02

    Piping

    21:15
  3. 03

    Flap Closure with Twist Lock

    20:49
  4. 04

    Metal Base Feet

    09:43
  5. 05

    Cargo Pocket with Tuck Catch

    29:23
  6. 06

    Darted Pocket with Magnetic Snap

    38:06
  7. 07

    Full Back Zip Pocket

    25:24

Meet Your Expert

Betz White

Designer and author Betz White has been sewing since her mother taught her as a young girl. A graduate in Fashion Design from the University of Cincinnati, White left her corporate career as a children’s wear designer to stay home with her young children and to pursue a new love: creating one-of-a-kind items from second hand materials. Betz draws her inspiration from vintage shapes, elements of nature and everyday objects. Her bold aesthetic combined with her education in apparel design results in a unique offering of patterns and projects for the modern sewer.  ... read more

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  • pdf Custom Exteriors Resource List
  • pdf Custom Exteriors Tool Kit and Materials List
  • pdf Custom Exteriors Pocket and Flap Templates

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Chrys Elrod

    February 2016

    This was an amazing class! I wish I had Betz in my sewing room with me on every project I sew. Her patterns are wonderful and easy to understand. Thank you Betz!!! I appreciate this so much....the tips and tricks you showed are sure to make my bags even more impressive! I love having the videos to watch.

  • Christine See

    February 2016

    Most excellent course. This class explains, in detail how to add multiple different exterior pocket to take your bags up a notch. Also shows different types of closure techniques including zippers, snaps, press lock, etc. Great close up shots to see how everything is put together.

  • Liz Hanes

    February 2016

    Thank you, thanks you and thank you! Your instructions on how to do dimensional pockets and piping were so clear and informative! I have had difficulty with both of these things in the past and now I feel that I should just go cut some fabric right now and make a tote!

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