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Crash Course Bag Design

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A full-day intensive for beginners interested in bag design and customization! Make a custom zipper pouch and tote bag!

$200
$120 + $80 Materials

Sewing Level: Beginner
No prior sewing experience needed!

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 Aspiring bag designers, this one’s for you! This full-day intensive begins with a design lab, where you’ll learn about the basic elements of bag design, informed by Ellie Lum’s twenty years of professional bag making experience. You’ll develop a game plan for customizing your two sewing projects in class.

From there, we’ll put these design principles into action, completing two projects: a custom tote bag and custom zipper pouch. In this guided open studio session, you’ll take Klum House’s tried and true patterns and make them your own, customizing the shape, dimensions, style, and features of your bags.

This workshop is a condensed version of our 3-day Bag Making Intensive, packing a lot of punch into a full day in the studio! For more design skill building, check out Make It Yours: Custom Fremont Tote

Limited Edition Colors

Skills Learned

Design Lab
- Bag design elements & process
- How to customize an existing pattern
- Tools & materials
Custom Zipper Pouch
- Sewing zippers
- Inserting a liner
- Boxing corners
- Attaching leather and hardware
Custom Tote
- Sewing with heavyweight fabrics
- Sewing an envelope base
- Attaching leather straps
- Designing and adding pockets

Waxed Canvas Colors


What to Expect

Part 1 -  Design Lab
Part 2 -  Custom Zipper Pouch
Part 3 -  Lunch Break
Part 4 - Custom Tote


Maker Kits

The following materials are included in the price of the class. Students may choose to add additional custom hardware options like extra D-Rings or magnetic snap closure. Payment for additional materials will be taken care of during class.

Zipper Pouch

- Waxed canvas fabric (multiple colors available)
- Brass zipper
- Waxed Canvas pocket fabric
- Leather zipper pull with metal rivet
- Liner fabric (optional)

Custom Tote

- Waxed canvas fabric (multiple colors available)
- Real leather straps (3 colors available)
- Metal rivets (3 finishes available)
- Waxed canvas for interior or exterior pocket (optional)
- Brass zipper for pocket (optional)


Later Event: October 14
Custom Leather Wallet