Bag-Making Interest Group

  • Friday, November 04, 2022
  • Friday, December 02, 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • Friday, November 04, 2022, 2:00 PM 3:30 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, December 02, 2022, 2:00 PM 3:30 PM (PST)
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI110422FF
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    This event is free for members, but please register.


Love making bags of all kinds? Curious about how to start? Got some great tips you’d like to share? Join us for monthly discussion about making bags!

This group will be guided by the folks who come. Each month we’ll have a topic—maybe there’s a presentation, maybe just discussion—plus show and tell. This will be a great place to ask your fellow attendees your bag-making questions. Bring your bags, your questions, and your successes!

Possible Topics:

  • Zippers! Continuous, closed end, two-way, metal, plastic, metal-look … how come my zipper is so ripply? and what about those darn pulls?
  • Different kinds of stabilizers—are you a Decovil devotee? Or a Soft ‘n’ Stable supporter? What do you like?
  • Copying bags: tips for copying the looks you love. Have you made a Birkin?
  • Favorite patterns
  • Making wallets
  • Hardware
  • Making holes in your bag, on purpose
  • Lining techniques: turned bags, drop-in lining, binding the seams
  • Repairing bags
  • Your bag-making influencers
  • Favorite materials
  • Straps and handles
  • Using frames
  • Re-using pieces from thrifted bags—pros and cons


  • This study group is free for members and a $20 drop-in fee for guests. Please sign up, so we know you’re coming.

  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.


Fran Fuller started sewing bags in 2013, and she was hooked from the first one (a clutch with a frame). She has made a million mistakes since then—and has had some successes—and she learned from each one.

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