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Join Klum House founder Ellie Lum, a professional bag maker with 20 years of experience, for a day of demystifying the basics of a maker business model through the lens of bag making. Sign up for just one workshop or both and save $10!

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The Big Picture

Join Klum House founder Ellie Lum and Licensed Tax Return Preparer Jenna Goldin for this 3-hour introductory workshop that will break down the key elements of running a creative business. Through interactive exercises, group discussion, writing prompts, and Q&A, Ellie and Jenna will help you gain a greater understanding of what it means to sell your handmade goods and what you need to know to set yourself up for success. Get clear about your personal business goals, learn how to properly set up your business and basic operational systems, and forge ahead with confidence!

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DIY Production & Pricing

Are you wondering what goes into producing your designs and pricing them for market? In this 3-hour workshop Ellie Lum will demystify the ins and outs of turning your designs into finished, sellable products. We’ll cover the basics from the perspective of a DIY designer/maker, whether you are producing in-house or off-site.



Price: $80
Take both workshops for $150 — A $10 savings!

Time: 10am - 1pm

Level: Absolute Beginner
No prior sewing experience needed

Ellie Lum has over twenty years of experience working as a professional bag designer, maker, and teacher. She’s learned tons about running maker-based businesses through direct experience and years of trial and error. She’s mentored many other small business owners, helping them gain clarity about their vision, mission, values, and unique value proposition. Ellie is excited to share from her well of personal business experience and facilitate fun, interactive exercises in a group setting.

Jenna Goldin has been a Licensed Tax Return Preparer in Oregon since 2010.  She is a partner at Math LLC, a tax preparation, consulting and bookkeeping business that focuses on small businesses and creatives. Over the years, Jenna has helped hundreds of small business owners get their finances, record keeping, and taxes in order. She’s excited to answer questions about different types of business entities, bookkeeping, tracking expenses, and more.

Be ready to laugh, learn, connect and feel more empowered and knowledgeable in the creative and laid back setting of Klum House. Snacks and drinks provided!


  • Learn how values, vision, and mission help you craft a solid value proposition for your business

  • Identify key descriptive words for your brand personality

  • Discover your key business values through a hands-on exercise

  • Understand how to identify your target market

  • Understand the daily tasks involved in running a creative business

  • Workshop real scenarios that you will deal with in your business

  • Connect with others and gain support from shared experiences

  • Understand best practices for bookkeeping and expense tracking

  • Understand the legality of different business entities and determine which is best for you

  • Take home further creative business management resources



A Maker Business Fundamentals workbook is included in the price of class ($25 value).



Price: $80
Take both workshops for $150 — A $10 savings!

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Level: Absolute Beginner
No prior sewing experience needed


  • How to design for your target market

  • Gain an understanding of the sample making process

  • How to use a pricing calculator to determine retail and wholesale prices for your products

  • How design and pricing interact

  • Understand the relationship between COGS (cost of goods sold) and sale price

  • Understand considerations for designing for market

  • Understand revenue streams

  • Leave with a big picture understanding of how pricing and profits operate in your business


Maker Business Pricing worksheets + resource guide is included in the price of class ($25 value).


I left feeling inspired and energized by the skills I learned as well as the energy, support and joy of making I felt from the group. I appreciate that Ellie was able to give all of us individual attention while keeping us all on track. I never felt rushed— just gently guided and supported. Thank you for meeting us where we were!


What To Expect
Meet The Teachers
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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!

Ellie’s Story

In 1998, Ellie co-founded  R.E. Load Bags, a custom messenger bag company, which set the standard for many other companies that make custom bags. Over the years, she fell in love with teaching industrial sewing through training folks to make bags for R.E. Load. Ellie saw how those skills opened up a trainee’s creative potential and formed a foundation that could be continually built on.

Ellie went onto start Klum House in 2015, born out of the desire to share professional bag making skills with everyone. Klum House now boasts an in-house bag pattern & kit line, as well as a collaborative making studio and creative education space where local artists & maker share their skills.

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Klum House Workshop

The Hub Building
3808 N Williams Ave. #132
Portland, Oregon 97203

We are located inside the Hub Building hallway corridor (we do not have a sidewalk storefront). Enter through the Hub building door on N Williams with the Klum House sign above it. Walk down the hall & take a left. You'll see the Klum House sign hanging above our door.

*Please note: We have street parking, so please arrive a few minutes early to allow ample time to park.

Questions? Send us a note!


Review our cancellation & rebook policy:

  • We require at least 7 days notice prior to the start of class to cancel for a full refund.

  • We require at least 48 hours notice prior to the start of class to rebook for a later class.

  • Full payment for class is due at time of sign up in order to secure your spot in class.

  • No shows forfeit any refund or rebook.

  • If Klum House cancels a class that you registered for, you are entitled to either a cash refund or a rebook to a later class.

  • If you transfer your registration to another class with a higher price, you are subject to pay the difference.