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Industrial Sewing: Classic Leather Tote


Learn to sew a gorgeous, premium-quality leather tote on the industrial walking foot machine!

Classic Leather Tote
Classic Leather Tote


Classic Leather Tote

No prior sewing experience needed. 

In this 5.5 hour workshop (with snack breaks!), you will learn to make this dreamy leather tote from start to finish with your own two hands. We’ll begin with an introduction to the industrial walking foot sewing machine so you can get a taste of how easily it sews through leather–smooth as butter. You’ll then learn how to construct a tote out of premium 5–6 oz leather, attach pockets, sew a flat, boxy bottom and sew strong seams. Finally, you’ll learn to securely attach straps using extra-strength tubular rivets.

By the end of the day, you’ll be ready to show off your handcrafted leather tote to all your friends. You’ll leave with new skills, increased confidence, and a capsule-collection bag that will never go out of style, complete with “I made this!” bragging rights.

All materials and instruction included.



Price: $250
$125 + $125 Materials

Level: Absolute Beginner/ Beginner
No prior sewing experience needed

Skills Learned

  • Industrial Sewing 101

  • Sewing leather on an industrial walking foot machine

  • Basic tote construction

  • Skiving leather

  • Cutting leather

  • Constructing pockets

  • Attaching leather straps

  • Setting tubular rivets


  • Made of buttery, high-quality, locally-sourced leather (5—6 oz)

  • Convenient exterior pocket for easy access 

  • Interior pocket to keep your essentials organized

  • Durable, heavy duty construction

  • Large enough to easily carry books, a laptop, or groceries

  • Premium, professional-quality tote that will last for years to come



For sewing light to heavy-weight materials such as leather, vinyl, upholstery, synthetics, canvas and various coated and laminated products. Designed for stitching such products as auto, boat and furniture upholstery, tarpaulins, covers, sails, tents, camping trailer covers, awnings, umbrellas, tops, bags, luggage, handbags, travelware accessories, sports and camping equipment, wearing apparel, outdoor clothing, canvas shoes, slippers, orthopedic appliances, etc.


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Hi! I’m Ellie Lum

I’m a maker and a teacher. I started Klum House because I love encouraging & inspiring people by teaching sewing tips & tricks through fun, hands-on workshops. With clear instructions & 20 years experience, I’ll 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 & 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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Thank you so much Ellie! We really had an amazing time. All intimidation melted away within minutes of your instruction. You're an awesome & inspirational teacher.


What To Expect

Make it again…with a discount!

Lucky you! Students get a discount on additional Maker Kits purchased in class!

The Classic Leather Tote maker kit comes with all of the leather and hardware you need to make this bag again. Continue building your leather sewing skills by making another tote for a friend!

Your price: $125 (Regularly $250)

Discount given on day of class only.

Industrial Sewing Machine

Take your sewing skills to the next level!

Industrial sewing machines are powerful tools used in upholstery, leather-work, bag making, and production sewing. They allow you to create professional, high-quality finished goods. This workshop will introduce you to the industrial walking foot sewing machine and teach you best practices for sewing leather. You’ll leave feeling confident in your leather sewing skills and ready to show off your beautiful new tote!


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!

What To Bring

We make it easy for you— No need to bring any supplies!

We provide all sewing machines, thread, supplies & materials for class. All kits are cut, prepped & ready to sew.

*Feel free to bring your sewing machine if you want to learn on it. We think it’s great to see what your machine can do. You can always switch to one of ours during class if your machine needs a break!

Food & Refreshments

There’s lots of local places to eat! We’re located in the same building as Ristretto Roasters, Kayo’s Ramen Bar & Tasty n Sons. New Seasons is a couple blocks away and Crisp Salad is across the street.

We suggest bringing a closed top water bottle & any diet-specific food if you think you’ll need it. We’ll have snacks, water, and tea!


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.