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LEARN TO SEW: Maywood Totepack - Wait List


Learn to make a beautifully designed tote/backpack conversion bag! Leave with a versatile & chic bag that you made from start to finish with your own two hands! 

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Maywood Totepack

Learn how to make not just 1 bag, but 2! This versatile & chic totepack sews up wonderfully. Get a thorough introduction to leather strap design, function, and attachment. This bag fits a 15” laptop and all your everyday essentials.

Ellie Lum custom bag maker of 20 years, will guide you through the making process step-by-step, ensuring you build knowledge & confidence along the way.



Level: Advanced Beginner
You’ve taken the Sew Like A Boss series, Crash Course Sew or have equivalent knowledge. You’re familiar with threading your machine.

Price: $200
$80 + $120 Materials
Optional Pendleton
® Wool pocket + $30

Skills Learned

  • Sewing multiple layers of heavy duty fabric & leather

  • Constructing a leather strap system that converts from tote bag to backpack

  • Inserting a zipper

  • Inserting a liner

  • Boxing corners

  • Various ways to set rivets properly

  • Inserting a magnetic snap rivet

  • Conceptual elements of bag making


  • Dimensions: 18” H x 12” W x 5” D

  • Adjustable Leather straps

  • Exterior front pocket with magnetic snap closure

  • Interior pocket fits up to 15” laptop

  • Natural off-white 12 oz canvas lining makes it easy to see things inside your bag

  • Weather-resistant high quality waxed canvas exterior

  • Handle


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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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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’s extremely convenient & a great creative environment to be in. She gave me the confidence to take on more projects & just try things! I’m now working on so many projects at home & with the skills she taught me, am able to make some pretty cool stuff that I never would have thought I could make!


What To Expect

Passionate Teachers

Our teaching style is accessible for all types of learners. With patience and attentiveness, we demonstrate every step of the process and make alongside you. Meet our crew

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Everything Included

Singer Heavy Duty sewing machines, tools, materials, snacks & beverages are provided! Meet our tools

Materials are cut, prepped & assembled into Maker Kits — so you can get to making right off the bat! Kits included in the price of class at a deep student discount. View maker kits

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Leave With a Finished Product

Our classes are designed for you to actually leave with a finished project! Teachers ensure no student is left behind & manage class time so that everyone finishes. Read our philosophy

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Inspiring & Welcoming Atmosphere

Classes are held at our beautiful split-level commercial space on N. Williams with high ceilings, natural light, and plenty plants. A space that feels welcoming, inspiring, and dynamic, with plenty of space for making and all of the necessary tools at your fingertips. Check out our studio


Style Your Colors

All materials are included in the price of class. We cut & prep everything for your Maywood Maker Kit, ready to sew! When you click to sign up, you’ll be prompted to choose your fabric & leather colors. Hardware & zipper colors will be chosen in class.


Make it again... With a discount! 

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

Maker Kits: $120 (Regularly $200)
Finishing Kits: $70 (Regularly $140)

Continue building your skills by making another Maywood Totepack for a friend— They'll love one made by you! Discount given on day of class only.


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!

Cancellation Policy

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.