Betty Bowler Weekend Workshop with Chanova Mabry April 13-14 2024

$270.00 USD
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Sew Whatever Studio - 155 Lincoln Place Court Belleville IL 62221


April 13 & 14 2024

10 AM - 4 PM (Building will be closing for the last participant by 5:45)

Let's make a slightly modified Betty Bowler handbag.

Come and sew with me the perfect-size bowler bag. On the initial day, we will cut our fabric for the 80%-size Betty Bowler and discuss the various ways you can modify and build the Betty Bag of your dreams. I will respond to inquiries concerning choices for the structure, interfacing, etc. If time permits, we can begin sewing on our own on Day 1.

Day 2: the construction and completion of the Betty Bolwer. I will be there every step of the way and give tips and tricks I've learned over the years.


You will be responsible for bringing the fabrics you would like to use for your bag. Please bring enough foam or Decovil for this project. We should have enough time on the first day to shop at More Me Know for project needs.

Interfacing for the exterior: if you bring your own kit, please bring materials that are requested in the pattern. We will be using foam for this Betty (you can by all means bring a medium-to-heavy stabilizer of your choice). I know, I know gasp. Foam. Trust me, foam makes a difference. If you truly would rather use Decovil Light, please do so.

We will also be binding the bag with a birthing or drop-in lining. Please bring your favorite binding fabric. I will do a video on supplies on my channel on March 1st. To answer any questions.

Whether you bring your own fabrics to make your bag or buy from More Me Know, we're going to have an absolute blast. We're going to make the bag for the summer of 2024. I can't wait to hang out with you all. This class is everyone-friendly. There aren't a lot of components that go into this bag, but it is such a chic and classic design.
- Chanova

Materials Needed:
  • • 1 yard of 44” wide quilting weight exterior fabric
  • • 1 yard 44” wide quilting weight lining fabric
  • • 1/2 yard 44” wide quilting weight contrasting fabric (vinyl,wpc, canvas, etc.).
  • • 1 1/2 yards of foam interfacing (Pellon Flexfoam FF77)
  • • 1/4-yard fusible heavy stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71F)
  • • 3 1/2 yards of fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101) You can use wpc or wrc.
  • • 20” size 5 zipper (main compartment)
  • • 9” size 5 zipper (zippered pocket)
  • • 4 yards of pre-made piping (optional)
  • • 6 ¾ rectangle rings
  • • Fabric glue (Beacon Fabritac) (optional)
  • • Coordinating thread
  • 2-1 inch swivel hook
  • 1-1 inch slider
  • 3 to 4 yards of binding
  • Purse feet are optional.
  • 6 to 8mm rivets


We have secured a room block with a rate of $114 a night from Friday-Monday.

The price of the ticket does not include any travel, airfare or rides to and from said locations. These are your responsibility. 

If you have any questions at all before purchasing your ticket please let us know!  


Our goal is to provide a stress-free class space to learn bagmaking. We do not want any students to feel rushed or like they weren't able to get their questions answered. We have worked tirelessly to make sure this is a safe and welcoming space to all who enter. <3 We thank you for your trust and support and cannot wait to see you there!

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