"Klum House rocks! I feel so proud of myself. I still can’t believe I walked away after just 3 days with such an amazing bag, but it’s really what I learned that is so important. Ellie is truly the most amazing teacher and maker! She is thorough and patient. I’ll definitely go again. Thank you Ellie!"
Our bag patterns, kits & workshops empower you to create handcrafted goods with “I made this!” bragging rights.
Patterns & Kits
“ Ellie, you’re such an AWESOME teacher! I love how you explain each step & give us tips on WHY we are doing whatever it is. I made a Fremont Kit & I was feeling so confident with what I’d learned from your wonderful teaching, that I made a second bag. I can really DO this!! ”
— Robin F.
Not many stitchers carry a hammer in their sewing kit, but we’re working on changing that. At Klum House, we build bags that are as strong and resilient as the people making them. Working with classic, natural materials like waxed canvas, leather, and metal, our mission is to teach stitchers how to harness the full power of their home sewing machine and create rugged, stylish bags that are built to last.
Hi! I’m Ellie Lum
I’m a maker and a teacher. I started Klum House because I love encouraging and inspiring people by teaching sewing tips & tricks through fun, hands-on workshops. With clear instructions and 20 years experience, I will teach you how to make wares that look like they came off the shelves of your favorite handcrafted goods shop!
"Lydia is a phenomenal instructor —everything was clear not only as to how but why. I learned so much and was feeling confident and excited about the two projects in the afternoon after the initial 101 lesson.”
"Thank you so much Ellie! We really had an amazing time. All intimidation melted away within minutes of your instruction. You're an awesome and inspirational teacher. "
Ellie offers a special combination of designer aesthetics (I'm so elated to be carrying away beautiful products expressly designed by her for class), business experience, and a passion for teaching. It is truly unique and worth traveling for!!! Klum House itself is a well-appointed space with a wonderful sense of community, and in a cool area— offering a great introduction to Portland's maker culture. Thank you for the invaluable experience, Ellie and Klum House!”
“The sewing workshop I took from Lydia It was great!! I still can't believe I was able to make what I did. Thanks to Lydia and her great directions, guidance and patience. Thank you, thank you!!”
“I really enjoyed the sewing class I took with Ellie. She is an incredible teacher who is patient, really takes the time to make sure you understand every step and why you do things, and has a strong interest in helping you succeed.
I loved the location of the class, it is extremely convenient and is also a great creative environment to be in. She gave me the confidence to take on more projects and just try things! I am now working on so many projects at home and with the skills she taught me, am able to make some pretty cool stuff that I never would have thought I could make!”
Ellie, you are such an AWESOME teacher!
I love how you explain each step, and give us tips on WHY we are doing whatever it is. You give us great practical tips.
I made the kit up, and I think it’s so cool!
I was feeling so confident with what I’d learned from your wonderful teaching, that I made a second bag.
I can really DO this!!
— Robin Findlay