Are you ready to venture into bag making business? Perhaps you have stitched out some tote bags and you enjoyed doing it. You find that making bags is a fairly simple, easy and straightforward undertaking; and now you are thinking of launching your sewing career by working on custom bags that are beautiful, durable, and that you can easily sell.
Some supplies that you need in bag making, aside from the tools such as a sewing machine, scissors, markers, etc. include fabrics, magnetic clasps, bag tags, snaps, bag handles, feet and bag studs, chains, locks and buckles.
The fabric that you use can make or break your bag creation, so you should choose your fabric well. For the shell or body, heavy weight fabrics are recommended. Many are tempted to use cotton because it is available in a variety of colors and prints, and can be easily embellished and quilted. The only downside is that the material is too lightweight for a bag project. Some bag makers use cotton as a lining fabric, and they add a good look to the inside of the bag.
Your bag handles can be made of plastic, wood, bamboo, or fabric; and you can choose them to be beaded, corded, or webbed. If you use fabric for bag handles, you can make your own if you choose to. However, buying them can save you time, and their appearance is more polished. Purchased straps usually have punctured holes for easy attachment to the bags. For removable handles you will need rings and clasps.
Magnetic clasps allow for easy opening and closing of the bags, and they are also easy to install. It is the same as the other types of closures such as loops and buttons, zippers, buttons and beads.
Feet and bag studs make a bag able to stand upright when you put it down. They also help keep the bags elevated, keeping their bottoms clean. Feet can be installed on any bag that is flat at the bottom.
The fabrics and hardware intended for bag making are easily available at your local fabric store, thrift shops, and online. These are the ideal places to source your supplies, including sewing patterns and haberdashery. Many online stores are one stop shops for your every sewing need.
As a hobby, making bags can be expensive; but once you pay attention to the materials and details, this hobby can turn into a profitable business. We have known people who have successfully turned their hobbies into full fledged businesses. With some techniques and tricks, you can also do the same. For example, start selling to family and friends. Then try to reach a certain group of people through the social media and expos. Audience can be easily drawn by offers that they can’t resist, like free samples and buy-one-take one scheme. Yet before trying all these techniques, make sure that the bags that you produce are good in quality of materials and workmanship, and can easily stand out of its competition.