How to Make a Handbag | Designs by Lisa Lam

A handbag is such a personal accessory, and it can be difficult to find the perfect combination of size and style to suit your needs. The solution is surprisingly simple… make your own!

Lisa Lam bagImagine your perfect handbag – the right size, pockets for everything, made in a sumptuous fabric and with a shoulder strap that’s just the right length! Lisa Lam is an expert at making bags, and she’ll show you how your dream handbag can become a reality!

Lisa’s books and DVDs will teach you everything you need to know to make all sorts of bags: The Bag Making Bible covers all of the essential techniques and A Bag for All Reasons features a range of unique designs for every occasion and purpose. If you’re keen to get sewing, download Lisa’s 3 Beautiful Bags ebook and you can start making one of the bags instantly!

Lisa Lam PurseThis cute purse (from A Bag for All Reasons) is so versatile, and the secret to achieving different looks lies in the fabric choice. The design works equally well with both bright cotton fabrics or luscious satins and silks. The purse frame adds the perfect finishing touch and the fabric can be easily glued inside the channels of the frame with fabric glue.

Lisa Lam Great Getaway BagReady-made handles add a great professional touch to handmade bags. This ‘getaway’ bag (from The Bag Making Bible) uses leather 18″ piped handles, which can be easily attached by sewing through the ready-punched tabs with doubled-over sewing thread or tapestry thread. For a faster finish, no-sew piped handles can be easily attached to your bag with metal rings or fabric loops. If you prefer fabric straps, try using a slider so that the length of the strap can be adjusted.

There’s a great range of U-Handbag products including handles and straps for every type of bag. If you don’t know where to start, be sure to check out Lisa Lam’s great bag-making books for fantastic projects and techniques!

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