Sew In Action: Bag Making Tools and Equipment Essentials

Sewing is a fun, addictive, and rewarding endeavor that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their experience level. When you’re starting out, it’s important to have the right tools and equipment to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the essentials that every bag maker and enthusiast needs. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been sewing for years, these tools will help you create beautiful handmade bags that are both stylish and functional.

Remember though that what work for one person may not work for another, so feel free to customize your setup based on your own needs and preferences. With the right tools, you can create beautiful bags that will suit your style and personality perfectly.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Bag Making Tools and Equipment Essentials

Bag Making Tools and Equipment Essentials

If you’re just starting out with bag making or using new materials, then you might not need all of the tools listed here right away. That said, they’ll be useful for almost any bag pattern you use so it makes sense to get them sooner than later!

On the other hand, some bag makers prefer to do everything by hand which means they can skip certain power tools entirely. It comes down to preference so feel free to experiment and find the bag making process that works best for you.


The first bag making tool you’ll need is a needle. There are a few different types of needles that can be used for bag making, but the most common is the sharp pointed needle. You’ll use this type of needle for most of your bag sewing, so it’s a good idea to have several on hand.

Another type of needle that can be used for bag making is the blunt pointed needle. This type is used primarily for closing up the seams of your bag and doesn’t pierce the fabric as much as the sharp pointed needle.

You can also use a curved needle for bag making, which is helpful when sewing around curves or tight spaces.

If you’re using a bag making machine, then you won’t need needles since the machine comes with its own and they rarely break down. Keep in mind though that bag making machines require additional tools and equipment like bag making presser feet, bobbins, and bag making accessories.


It’s important to have two different types of scissors on hand for bag making: regular sewing scissors and rotary cutter/mat combo.

The first type is used for cutting your fabric to size; the drawback here is that it will fray the edges of your material so it’s not ideal if you want to keep those edges intact or turn them under later on during bag construction. The latter type will cut through fabric like butter, so it’s perfect for those who want clean and precise cuts.

Rotary cutters come in a range of different sizes, but the most popular is the 45mm size. This is because it can easily cut through multiple layers of fabric without causing any damage. If you’re new to bag making, then I recommend starting out with the 45mm rotary cutter since it’ll be the most versatile for your needs.


Pins are an essential tool for bag making, especially when you’re working with thick or heavy fabrics. They help to keep the fabric in place while you’re sewing, which reduces the chances of mistakes and makes the process a lot faster.

There are a variety of different types of pins that can be used for bag making, but the most popular is the quilting pin. These pins have a large head and are made from stainless steel, so they’re durable and won’t rust over time.

Another type of pin that can be used for bag making is the glass headed pin. This type is ideal if you’re working with delicate fabrics since the glass head will protect them from snags and tears.

Whichever type of pin you choose to use, make sure to have plenty on hand so you don’t run out during your bag making project.

Tape Measure

A tape measure is an essential tool for bag making, especially when you’re working with non-standard sizes or trying to create a bag that’s specific to your body measurements.

It’s a good idea to have a few different types of tape measures on hand, like the one shown below. This way, you’ll be able to choose the one that’s best suited for the task at hand.

Seam Ripper

A seam ripper is a small, but essential tool for bag making. It’s used for undoing stitches and is perfect for fixing mistakes.

If you’ve never used a seam ripper before, then I suggest practicing on an old piece of fabric until you get the hang of it. That way, you won’t have any trouble using it when you’re actually sewing your bag.

Thimble and Thread Snips

A thimble is a small, protective cover that you wear on your finger while sewing. It helps to protect your finger from the needle and prevents it from getting sore.

Thread snips are used for cutting thread, and can be either manual or electronic. Electronic thread snips are more expensive but they’re a lot faster and easier to use than the manual type.

If you’re just starting out with bag making, then I recommend picking up a set of both the thimble and thread snips. That way, you’ll have everything you need to get started.

The Right Tools for the Job

When taking on the rewarding and enjoyable endeavor of making bags, it is best to come prepared and have all the necessary tools and equipment on hand.

We hope that you can take these tools and equipment and put it to good use by making your very own bags.

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