26/6 Designer Handbag with Sue Cariello


Saturday 26th June 10-4 pm  £42

Learn about bag construction techniques as you make your own individually styled handbag.

To keep the guidelines of social distancing we can now only have 8 students per class. The class still costs £42, to secure your place you can now only pay a deposit and we will be in touch closer to date to confirm that it’s safe to run the class and to require the remaining £32.

In Stock / Places Available!


In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to construct your very own designer handbag. This workshop will focus more on the actual bag construction, with the emphasis on making it as individual as you are. You will follow a pattern for a medium bag and learn about interlinings, facings and how to put in a magnetic clasp fastening. Your bag will be fully lined with inner pocket, and completed with a gorgeous big bow or large button, if you prefer.

Additional information

Date and Time

Saturday 26th June 2021
10 – 4 pm

Skills level

Beginners to Advanced


Sue Cariello – I studied for my degree in Fashion & Printed Textiles at St. Martins College in London, before heading to New York to work as Designer / Director for 3 years. I set up my business as a Fashion Accessories Designer in 2006, designing, constructing and embellishing my very own gorgeous bespoke hand-bags & accessories, and I love it!


OliVen, Bridge Farm Barns, Hadleigh Road, Monks Eleigh, Ipswich, IP7 7AY
Free all-day parking on site
Teas and coffees provided. There is a tearoom on site where you can purchase your lunch or feel free to bring your own – we have a fridge and microwave in the workroom.


The tutor can provide fabrics, lining, interlining, interfacings and magnetic clasp at the cost of £8 payable on the day, or she can provide just the interlining, interfacing and magnetic clasp for £4, again payable on the day.

Alternatively you can supply all of the requirements from your stash, and this is what you need:

40 x 50cm (16 x 20in.) of medium weight fabric for bag

30 x 40cm (16 x 20in.) of fabric for bow and bow tag (can be in contrasting colour)

40 x 50cm (16 x 20in.) of heavy weight woven interlining for bag

35 x 40cm (14  x 16in.) of medium weight fabric for top and facing (can be in contrasting colour)

12 x 40cm (5 x 16in.) of medium weight fabric for handles

12 x 40cm (5 x 16in.) of medium weight, sew-in interfacing for handles

35 x 40cm (14 x 16in. ) of medium weight, sew-in interfacing for top and facings

40 x 70cm (16 x 27 1/2in.) of lining fabric, including for pocket

Magnetic clasp

6 x 2cm (2 1/2 x 3/4in.) of sew-in heavy weight interfacing for clasp

Large over-size button, if not wanting a large bow.

Sewing threads to match fabric

Extra strong sewing thread in matching colour, to make / attach bow



Fabric scissors

Sewing machine

Dressmakers pins

Pencil / fabric marker

Fabric scissors

Dressmakers pins

Sewing needle



Sewing machine


Cancellation with 2 weeks notice – we will refund your payment or offer you a place on a future workshop.

Cancellations within 13 – 8 days of the workshop – we will refund 50% of the payment.

Last-minute cancellations, ie. 7 days or less before a workshop – we’re afraid we cannot refund any payments as from experience we’ve found it impossible to fill places at such short notice.

Full refund for cancellation under 14 days possible if we replace you. Thank you for understanding with these formalities.

A requirement list can be found in the previous tab. The cost of supplies and fabrics are not included in the cost of the workshop unless stated. If you purchase your supplies for the workshop at OliVen you will receive 5% discount.

A sewing machine or overlocker can be hired in the shop for £5 a day – subject to availability.

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