Updated: Aug 30
Hey there, bag-making enthusiasts and new crafters! Welcome to Me Made Makes, your go-to destination for all things bag making! If you've ever dreamt of creating your own stylish and functional bags from scratch, you're in for an exciting journey. In this blog post, I'll be your friendly guide, walking you through the wonderful world of bag making for beginners. So, grab your favourite cuppa, and let's get started on this creative adventure together!
Why Choose Bag Making as a beginner?
Bag making is a fantastic craft that combines practicality with creativity. It allows you to design and tailor bags to suit your unique style and needs. From chic tote bags for your daily errands to trendy cross body bags for nights out and everything in between, the possibilities are endless! Plus, it's a wonderful way to create heartfelt, handmade gifts for your loved ones.
The Essentials: Bag Making Supplies
Before diving into bag making, let's get equipped with the essential supplies you are going to need.
Fabrics: Choose sturdy fabrics like cotton canvas, denim, or faux leather for the main body of your bags. For lining, opt for lightweight and smooth fabrics like cotton or polyester.
Cutting Tools: A good pair of fabric scissors and a rotary cutter will make cutting your fabric a breeze.
Sewing Machine: A reliable well built sewing machine is your trusty companion in this creative journey.
Thread: Pick up a variety of threads in colours that complement your chosen fabrics.
Measuring Tools: A tape measure, ruler, and tailor's chalk will help you measure and mark your fabric accurately.
Bag Hardware: Snag some high-quality bag straps, D-rings, zippers, and magnetic snaps from Me Made Makes to add a professional touch to your creations.
Notions: Stock up on pins, clips, and a seam ripper for those occasional "oops" moments.
The Perfect Beginners' Bag Project: A Classic Tote Bag
Let's start with a beginner-friendly project: the classic tote bag! Tote bags are versatile, easy to sew, and make wonderful gifts. Here's a simple step-by-step guide to crafting your first tote bag:
Cut Your Fabrics: Measure and cut two equally-sized rectangles for the main body of the bag , use pre made webbing for your bag handles and cut to your desired length.
Sew the Main Body: With right sides together, pin the main body rectangles along the sides and bottom. Sew the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.
Add the Handles: Position the handles on the inside of the bag, aligning them with the side seams. Pin and sew them securely in place.
Finish the Bag: Turn the bag right side out and press it to give it a neat, polished look.
Embrace the Journey: Experiment and Have Fun!
Remember, bag making is a journey of self-expression and creativity. Don't be afraid to experiment with different fabrics, colors, and designs. Feel free to explore various bag styles, from clutches to backpacks, and let your imagination run wild!
As you embark on this bag-making adventure, remember that mistakes are a natural part of learning. If you make a blunder, don't worry! Just grab that trusty seam ripper, make a quick fix, and keep going.
Bag making is not just a hobby; it's a beautiful way to channel your passion and create unique pieces that reflect your personality. At Me Made Makes, I am here to support you every step of the way, providing high-quality bag-making supplies, a helpful YouTube Channel and a friendly community of fellow crafters.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your bag-making supplies from Me Made Makes, ignite your creativity, and let's embark on a journey filled with beautiful bags and unforgettable memories.
Until next time, Happy sewing, and may your bobbin always be full
Chief Stitcher at Me Made Makes