SEWING WITH WILLIE J: A TOTE BAG STORY | William L. Jefferies | Skillshare

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (1h 11m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Pattern Drafting

    • 3. Fabric Selection

    • 4. Sewing Pt 1 Handles & Outer Shell

    • 5. Sewing Pt 2 Pockets & Lining

    • 6. Sewing Pt 3 Connect Lining to Bag

    • 7. Outro

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About This Class

  • Sewing With Willie J: A Tote Bag Story is about learning the basics of drafting a tote bag pattern, building confidence and making your own creation from idea to finished product. 
  • Students will create a lined tote bag with pockets using medium to heavy weight fabrics.
  • This class is geared towards students with basic knowledge of using a sewing machine, some pattern drafting and the use of a measuring tape or ruler. 

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William L. Jefferies

Owner/Maker, Jack & Jeff Denim Co


Fashion + Art + Music. Its what I love to do. 

Hello there! My name is William and my obsession with the fashion industry started in 10th grade where I first learned screen printing and I began making t-shirts for family and friends. After high school, I embarked on a mission to gain further knowledge about the fashion industry attending Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts (AiYork) and the Art Institute of Philadelphia, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design. During college I secured internships at Sean John and Undr Crwn Footwear & Apparel, as well as doing some freelance work for Elusion Clothing.

Jack & Jeff Denim Co. was established in 2009 in Atlanta, GA. The inspiration behind the name comes from the combination of my paren... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi, I'm William. And this is so Willie Jay told bad story in this class, I'm going to teach you how to sew a line tote bag with pockets that you can take with you to the market, to the beach or wherever your heart desires. The tools that you are going to need for this class are your trustees on machine paper for patterns, pencils, sisters for fabric and paper and clear ruler and needles and thread. And once you have all of that, come so with me. 2. Pattern Drafting: Welcome back to song with Willie Jay. I told Backstory, and in this video, I'm going to teach you how to draft a tote bag pack. Okay, so the pattern that we're going to drafting first is the outside of the bag. It's got a measure 18.5 by 19 half. So basically, you making a rectangle. Once you make, make the rectangle, You want to come down from the top of the pattern and measure down three inches and then make a lot across this is gonna be your phone after that would come down to the bottom of your back. We're gonna measuring three inches on both sides and then three inches down. Didn't your going connect? So after you do that, you want Adam Green line, which is gonna be nine and 1/4 inches right in the middle. Once you don't want that, then we're gonna move on to drafting a lot. Okay, here's the line. So basically, the lining is basically the same as the outside of the bag, minus three inches. So you're going to measure 18 half across, but on here, you're gonna measure 16.5 down after you have your rectangle for that. Do you wanna come to the bottom of you? Measure in three inches on both sides. The measure Three inches down and connect those. There you go. At your grain line at the same measurement. Non in quarter inches. This is practically half of the bag. Once you have that, you want to plot out where you're pocket on my pattern measured down two inches on the gray . Mom has it down two inches. So from near I measured pocket is going to be 10 by seven when finished. So after you marked your pocket placement them. You want to add in your I forget what they're called, but the little dots that you're gonna mark William fabric where you know where to put pocket when you go to so and then we're going up draft are pocket. Okay, here is our pockets. This one has been drafted previously. As you could tell, I have a markings for to do a well pocket. But for this project or not, wouldn't do well pocket. Now if you know how to do a well pocket and you want to do a little pocket. Didn't be my guess but I want to do something basic and simple for now. And like I said, the pocket is one to measure 10 inches. But like I said, since it's gonna be folded when finish, the actual pattern measures out to be 14 inches and then seven inches. This is where the full line and five inches in for the grim. Once you're done drafting the pattern, then you can go and put your seam allowances on. And I technically like to use half of it of an inch. Four seam allowances. I know most commercial patterns come with 5/8 of an inch. I kind of think that's a little too much, but at the same time might be good for some people because it gives a little bit of a leeway. This is all what's your preferences? So once you get your seam allowance on, get your parent cut out, then we can come back and we could talk about fabric selection and cutting out the pattern in the fabric that you choose to make your bag 3. Fabric Selection: Okay, now that we have finished drafting up our pattern for told now we could move onto fabric selection. What I have with me today is three factors that I plan on using to make my tool bag. Now, whatever Fabrice that you the class plan on using, it's where it's up to you. I tend to like to use have your weight fabrics for projects like this because I like to make it with good quality and that it's going to be everlasting. Not like those lightweight told bags that you get out like crap stores or anything like that. So right now I'm gonna show you what I'm gonna use for a total back that I'm gonna be making for my handles. I have this duck campus Farage that I couldn't use that I'm also going to line with interfacing just to make it a little bit thicker once I folded and still together. So this is for the handles for the outside of the bag. I have this unforced Denham in this natural state. Nice. Deep into gold color. So nice. 35 were, and for the lining and pockets used this sham break type fabric and the week of it is kind of like a worship, so it's gonna be a nice and started bag. Like I said, this won't be for lining and pockets now, depending on what fabrics that you want to use. Like I say, you use non pattern fabrics. You can use pattern Faber's however you want to do to make you back with very interesting. And I encourage everyone of you to upload your progress on projects in the class so that we can see how everybody is doing and moving along. So once you make you fabric selections and bring home, we could move on cutting. Okay, so what we have here is the outer shell off the bag. I already pre cut this. So this is not gonna be shown. But the first thing that we're going to talk about actually being cut is the straps. So we're gonna move on over to that. But as I say, you are received. Already had these pretty cut Now, as far as in the pattern. Drafting, drafting? Sorry, I did not mention anything about drafting on the straps. Now I technically don't do that because I think it's sometimes a waste of paper, so and what? Something is easy This you can just go off the top of your hand and determine the size of how big you want to strap. So the straps that I'm making are going to be 31 a half inches long by 3.5. Me? I'm sorry. 4.5 inches wide, and that's includes the, uh, see Malone's. So that's all. And this. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna cut the straps out. Let's get rid of spare. - Damn ! Now we have our two straps. Next is a bag lining. - Now , here What I do. I don't always like to use him. Uh, use weights, Hold my patterns. Yes, it's kind of funny or I work out with, but I know for no. So this is already fold it into I'm going to cut this out, have fiber, please. I need you like, get down. So that you so just be careful. You are careful cutting in paddocks out. Just sure you don't open hoping that you have. Oh, no. - Now we're going the market. So so down the middle. So life one there one would be Oh , very now this time give So 4. Sewing Pt 1 Handles & Outer Shell: Okay, Now that we have everything cut out, it's time. So Okay, the first thing that we're going to start with because the handles now you haven't done so already. Go ahead and put the interfacing on your both for your handles. What's that? You can see here. Once you do that, you want to fold it in half crested so after. Impressive. Then you want to make sure you have your seam allowances on and you want to press those in as well just to line it up. And then once you have excuse me. Once you have that done, then we're going toe so close to the edge of the line all the way now, so you can take your time on this. Um, just high. So on a normal basis. I've been sewing for about 12 years now, so if you're just really starting out, you can take your time. No, no need to rush, but I kind of saw it. This be all because I'm so used to doing it. All those professional soldiers out there If you are watching this, you know what I mean. - And then once you get that closed, if you want you can. So on the other edge toe, Match it up with distinction. Or you could just leave it like it is. Um I normally so both edges, so that's probably what I'm going to do. And then after that, we're going to attach the handles to the bag. Okay, Now we're going touched the handle to the bag, if you could see here, I measured in on both outside 4.5 inches in or each side. And this is where we're gonna attach the handles to the bed. So course won't take one handle, and then we're going to attach it at half inch seam allowance, - and we are going to do the same. - Okay , now that we have the handles attached at the half inseam line, um, you probably can't see this, but I'm marked out a square. Well, he's handle half an inch away from the same line. So basically, what we're going to do if you want to do this or however you want to do it, gonna make a box and then the X to give it extra hole as far as for the handles. And then you're gonna do that on both of their bags for the handles. - I lost my silvers. - Once that is done, then I just take my song Hands on middle and I pulled threads onto the back side and then time Cut it. - Okay , now that we have our handles attached, we're going to Seoul the outer shell of the tote bag, starting with the bottom first and then the sides. - Now , before I do. Besides, I'm going to press this out. You, uh, can't see my iron whose? I don't have a big space, so I don't have to worry about that. So unimpressed. Just out. But I'm gonna come back, and I do doubt exists. Now that is nice. Impressed. Out. Now we're gonna do stuff, Remember, we're selling at half of an inch. See, Malone's? - Okay , now that we have decide sewn, we're gonna press these out and then what we're gonna do So these corners And so the told bags gonna have way boxy shape to it. One more finished, so I'm going to go press D's out and then I'll be right back. All right, Come back now. We're gonna so these corners to give it the boxy shape on both sides remember half a niche . Okay, so now that we have that done, the last thing to do is to phoned over the 3.5 inches, and we're gonna press that, so I'll be back. 5. Sewing Pt 2 Pockets & Lining: Okay. So as you can see here, I've folded over, impressed down the top part of the bag and the reason why I do this even without pointing the lining on it so that I know where the bag needs to be folded. Impressed again when we put the lining on. So next we're gonna be working on the lining in the pockets. So here is one of the pockets are you did the other one, which you can see It's not near me right now, but basically what we're going to do for this in half. And then we're going to so on either side across and down, across and down, leaving an opening here so that we can turn the bag right size out and the impressive, and then stitching and round. And then we're going to start to the inside of the lining before we put the lining together . - Okay , here we are. This opening should be big enough. Now, remember, for you turn it inside out. What? Cut your edges. Your your corner. Sorry. And if you want, just trim the allowance or whatever you do, except from the top part and the only reason why I said not cut. This is so you know the amount that's getting forwarded over here. So we're gonna turn this inside out, and then you can do this. Which finger for it says there's Howard. You have to do pencil to get the corners the stick. Now I'm going. Go press, and then we can test these. Whoa. No one saw around here first, and then we could attach to the line. Okay, so now we have both of our pockets song, and now we're gonna attach it to our mining, As you can see, marked off here where the pocket is going be basically in the middle of the bag. This is where the top of the pockets will be. And I did this on both of these. So we're going to attach our first pocket now this first pocket, we're just gonna attach it and leave it just like this when the to be open. Now we're gonna do the second pocket, and this one we're going to do a little different. We're going to. So it's along the edges, but memorable. So it down the middle of Well, so don't be like two pockets. So now when I'm about to do instead of going the whole way, I'm going to just cut up the middle, come back down and then go back, - and that's pretty much it. Then once that's done, just take the loose threads and the home song, hands on needle. Just pull them through that into the back time Clipper. - And then once you do that, you can put the lining together just like you do with the outside of the bag. And then you can go get ready toe, put it together and there you have it, folks, the bag line. Next, we're gonna be connected, the bag lining to the outside of the bed and make a complete 6. Sewing Pt 3 Connect Lining to Bag: Okay, so now we have the limey connected to the outside of the bag. And, um so it together, turn it inside out. And then we're going on, put the final touch on the inside of the lining, and then clean up whatever little sense that we have. Okay, now that we have the lining now connected to out of the bag, we're going toe, turn it inside out. As you could see, this is the first time during this whole demonstration that I've used pens. I'm very comfortable not using pins unless for a certain areas like this. So So now we're going reached through our little home. It's her minutes. Having a little difficulty here. What? We're gonna give it go. And now we're going to. So our little hole up here, then let's tie some knots already. It's clean. Any type of loose ends that you may see. Snip. Pull them out. Okay, Now it's pushed the lining into bed and there you have it. Folks told bag with lining. And now if you want into a final press again and you could sew around this age right here, just so it stays, it will probably the best so and then it will be done. 7. Outro: Hey, what's up? Very body. I hope you enjoy the class. I hope you have fun. And I hope you did a good job with doing your projects and that you enjoy them. And I hope that we can do this again in the next class. William signing off.