Making Bags Book Club Month 6: Handbag

Whether your customers are just starting their sewing journey, or are seasoned bag makers, our Making Bags Book Club is a great way to build their confidence in bag making. During this six-part club series, they'll learn the foundational knowledge of bag making, explore new materials, techniques, and make 5 skill-building projects. By now, hopefully, your customers feel prepared to tackle a more challenging style of bag and put their knowledge to the test. This handbag has been designed to make a sophisticated statement every day. The convenient side pockets give easy access to small essentials, and the roomy interior secured with a zipper closure provides space for larger items.
With this project, build skills in fabric preparation, adding shape, creating handles, assembling pleated side pockets, adding an interior slip pocket, installing an interior zipper pocket, attaching a base, assembling a bag with a zipper closure, and adding optional hardware and embellishments.
Month 6 Includes the Following:
23” x 42"" Main Fabric*
12” x 25"" Contrast Fabric*
27” x 42"" Lining
18” x 28"" Sew-In Foam
36” x 19"" Fusible Woven Interfacing
24” #5 Zipper*
Hardware *
(2) Zipper Pull (Circle STS239)
(4) Dome Feet
(1) Handmade Label
* Fabric and hardware finish may vary from bag images.
This kit does not include the instructions to make the bag. All instructions are found in the Making Bags: A Field Guide Book, which was included in Month 1 of Club.
Retailer Planning & Guidelines:
Retailers can launch this program any time of the year.
Register participants in-store for classes either monthly or a one-time payment.
Each participant is required to purchase a kit to participate in this program. Keep your participants informed of when the kits arrive, since we recommend participants cut out their pieces ahead of time to reserve class time for sewing only.
Add your instructor's fee if necessary. Contact to learn about Sallie Tomato’s Educator Program (launching April 2024) if you’re interested in hiring a certified instructor!