Bag Making Part 2

Ref: C2336884

To learn a range of new bag making skills. You will make a variety of different bags with different fastenings and closures and then move on and choose a bag project of your choice.

Course aim

In this class you will learn how to make a variety of advanced bag patterns. New skills will include: new ways to add zips, adding piping and how to follow and make more complex bags. The second part of the course allows you to develop your own bag designs or choose new patterns of your choice

Who is the course for?

Beginners bag making.

What topics will this course cover

General sewing skills Following patterns Making and cutting bag patterns Inserting zips Making and adding handles Adding different bag fixtures Working with oilcloth Inserting linings

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1) Making a new range of bags 2) Different ways to add zips 3) Add piping to parts of bags 4) Use metal fastenings to give bags a professional finish 5) Follow commercial bag pattern instructions

How will I know I'm making progress?

Verbally, ongoing throughout the course

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Sewing kit; scissors, threads, pins, hand sewing needles, unpicker, tape measure, tailors chalk. (Rebecca can discuss this with you on the first session) Fabric: for each bag made

Reading and information sources

Interest in bag making through websites, books, magazines.

What could the course lead to?

Another creative WEA course.

Download full course outline

Bag Making Part 2 Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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