Drafting a Basic Bag Pattern

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Have you ever wanted to design your own bags? Creativebug can help you design, draft and sew the bag of your dreams. Drafting a basic bag pattern is just step 1 of the process and part 1 of the Bag Design Workshop available on Creativebug.


In this three-part master course, professional bag designer Nicole Mallalieu expertly guides you through the bag design process from concept to construction. Learn how to break three-dimensional bag shapes down into two-dimensional shapes, play with construction lines and seam allowances, and then figure out how your bag design will fit together. Sound hard? It’s not as scary as you might think!

The Bag Design Workshop is a 3-part online class.

Part 1 goes over drafting the pattern. In order to understand bag construction and design terminology, it’s key to start with simple constructions. Nicole Mallalieu starts you off on your bag-making journey with a flat two-dimensional bag and a three-piece 3D gusset bag with straps. You will learn how to mock-up your design in paper, and then sew a muslin in order to see how these shapes come together. This class teaches the importance of understanding seam allowances and notches on patterns while you’re designing the pattern.

In part 2 you’ll learn how to move seam lines to create a variety of all-new bag designs. Nicole Mallalieu covers methods for designing a boxed-corner bag, a bag with side or base gussets, and a color-blocked bag. Once you’re happy with the outside of your bag, you’re ready to turn your attention to the inside, learning how to draft the pattern for facings, linings, and pockets.

Now that you understand the basics of bag design and how to play with seam lines, in part 3 you can begin to divide these shapes again to add pleats, gathers, darts, and color blocks. These design features are what will make your bag truly special, adding the finishing touch to your unique design. You’ll also get to see samples of Nicole’s finished bags made using the techniques shown in this course so you can start imagining the possibilities.

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