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Build Your Own Tote Bag: The Basic Bag

with Betz White

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  •   01 Tools to Get Started

    11:28
  •   04 Prepare your Materials: Cut & Fuse

    14:55

Class duration: 2h 37m

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About The Class

the complete bag-making process.

Totes are the perfect place to stow away your farmers’ market finds, your library books, or your beachside accessories – they are also a lot of fun to make! 

Learn how to build your own versatile bag in Build Your Own Tote: The Basic Bag with Betz White. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Assemble your sewing tools
  • Select fabrics and stabilizers
  • Line, stabilize, and add enclosures
  • Add a simple slip pocket
  • Create self-fabric handles and finish the bag

Betz will offer tips on marking, cutting, and pressing your fabric and she'll show you how to create depth by boxing the corners. She will take you step-by-step through the complete bag-making process, so you end up a bag that is sturdy and ready to be customized! 

If you have basic sewing skills and are ready to take on a fun and functional project, join Betz White for Build Your Own Tote: The Basic Bag.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Tools to Get Started

    11:28
  2. 02

    Choose Your Fabric and Stabilizer

    07:53
  3. 03

    Decide on Scale & Dimension

    04:57
  4. 04

    Prepare your Materials: Cut & Fuse

    14:55
  5. 05

    Construct the Lining

    47:17
  6. 06

    Sew the Exterior

    33:29
  7. 07

    Sew the Handles

    10:19
  8. 08

    Assemble the Bag

    26:54

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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Bonus Material

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  • pdf Basic Bag Cutting List
  • pdf Basic Bag Diagram and Dimensions
  • pdf Basic Bag Resource List
  • pdf Basic Bag Tool Kit and Materials List
  • pdf Large Tote Diagram and Dimensions
  • pdf Small Tote Diagram and Dimensions

90% of students recommend this class.
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  • Lynnette Simpson

    May 2017

    5 stars +++++ I thoroughly enjoyed the whole course. I found that these classes gave me the understanding and confidence of sewing 'any' tote with both a slip and zipper pocket, etc. After watching these classes of Betz I'm able to put together my own tote without having to refer to patterns or instructions. I started as a beginner not able to figure my own dimensions. Now I have confidence to do just that. Yes, very happy I purchased this class and am happy with the confidence it has given me. Thanks Betz and creative live Cheers Lynnette

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    user-d19582

    January 2016

    I enjoyed this class very much. Great class for the beginner who wants to fine tune their techniques. The instructor is very knowledgable and guides you through the ins and outs of making a better bag. I am looking forward to her next class, I believe it airs the end of January. Thank you Betz

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    June 2019

    Betz is organized, pleasant, and interesting. I am enjoying her courses. I watched a free preview, and that sold me on getting all of her classes. Love you, Betz!

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