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LEARN TO SEW: The Oberlin Tote


Learn to sew a carry-all tote, complete with inside zipper pocket and magnetic closure. Made by you with bragging rights!

Oberlin Tote
Oberlin Tote


Oberlin Tote

Learn to sew the Oberlin Tote in this 7-hour sewing workshop (with a 1 hour lunch break!). Not only will you go home with a tote that you made start-to-finish with your own two hands, you will also learn indispensable bag sewing techniques for handling heavy-weight fabric on a home sewing machine. This workshop comes with a pattern that will allow you to create this tote as many times as you wish!

Some prior sewing experience recommended.



Price: $180
$100 + $80 Materials

Level: Confident Beginner
You’ve taken the Sew Like A Boss series, Crash Course Sew or have equivalent knowledge. You’re familiar with threading a machine. You have a few projects under your belt.

Skills Learned

  • Sewing multiple layers of heavy duty fabric

  • Attaching leather straps

  • Sewing a zippers

  • Constructing pockets

  • Sewing French seams

  • Constructing an boxed corner

  • Various ways to set rivets properly

  • Installing a magnetic strap

  • Conceptual elements of bag making


  • Dimensions: 11.5" H x 13" W (at bottom) x 5" D

  • Quality materials. Premium leather straps attached with strong metal rivets.

  • Durable. Waxed canvas fabric is heavy duty and water-resistant.

  • Secure. Feature magnetic snap closure.

  • Organized. 4 exterior pockets and one interior hanging pocket with zipper.

  • Rugged. Built to withstand being loaded down with a laptop, books, or groceries.

  • Metal D-ring for carrying keys



Lydia Rhyne

Lydia is the owner of Brass Button Events, a creative workshop business focusing on private and corporate events. She is also a sewing teacher and part of Klum House’s creative collaborative. Constantly inspired by new creative mediums, Lydia’s worked in photography, sewing, leather working, watercolor painting and more. She believes that great teaching is about creating a judgement-free zone that allows you to explore, laugh at your mistakes and smile at your accomplishments. See more of her work here.

Q&A with Lydia —>


Lydia’s teaching was very smooth and clear, the tempo to complete the bag was perfect too. I love my bag and I liked very much that there were options/colors to choose from.


What To Expect

Style Your Colors

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

Oberlin Maker Kit

Make it again... With a discount! 

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

Maker Kits: $80 (Regularly $120)
Finishing Kits: $20 (Regularly $30)

Continue building your skills by making another Oberlin Tote 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!

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.