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SEW LIKE A BOSS SERIES: Rule Bag Making with The Portsmith Tote


Melt away intimidation & learn to rule bag making! Take each class individually or all three in our SEW LIKE A BOSS Beginner Sewing Series for a $50 savings.



Portsmith Tote

This tote was designed with you in mind— It’s a completely beginner-friendly bag with an amazing pay-off. In just a couple hours, not only will you go home with a tote you made with your own two hands, you'll also learn indispensable bag sewing tips for handling heavy-duty fabric & learn how to attach leather handles!

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Beginner Sewing Series

This 3-part sewing series is designed to make learning how to sew fun & easy for beginners! You’ll start with Sewing 101 and then complete two awesome bags, The Portsmith Tote and The Woodland Dopp Kit. Take any of the workshops individually or sign up for all three for only $175 ($50 less than taking each class individually).



Level: Absolute Beginner/Beginner
No prior sewing experience needed

Portsmith Tote: $105

Sew Like A Boss Series: $175

Skills Learned

  • Sewing heavy duty fabric

  • Sewing an envelope base

  • Attaching leather straps

  • Constructing a bag

  • How set metal rivets

  • Working with waxed canvas

Meet The Teacher

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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 —>


Class 1: Sewing 101


  • 2 hours

  • Level: Absolute Beginner

  • Get a thorough introduction to the sewing machine & learn how to trouble-shoot common hiccups!

Class 2: The Portsmith Tote

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  • 2.5 hours

  • Level: Absolute Beginner

  • Learn to sew a durable everyday tote made with rugged waxed canvas and timeless leather straps featuring a unique envelope bottom.

  • Maker Kit included in the price of class.

Class 3: The Woodland Dopp Kit

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  • 3 hours

  • Level: Beginner

  • Learn tips & tricks to sew a lined boxy zipper pouch.

  • This classic waxed canvas dopp kit features leather details and a brass zipper— Optional Pendleton Fabric add-on: +$30

  • Maker Kit included in the price of class.


I recently attended the Portsmith Tote class. It was loads of fun & I walked out with a beautiful, completed bag. Lydia’s instructions were organized & clear. She has a great ability to support all skill levels. The work space was beautiful & functional. I’m already planning to take more classes at Klum House. Thank you so much!


What To Expect

Style Your Colors

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


Make it again... With a discount! 

Lucky you! Students get 45% off regular priced Portsmith Maker Kits & Finishing Kits purchased in class— full maker kits only $50! (Regularly $90)

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


One day weekend intensive work better for your schedule?



Sew Like A Boss

Take all three of our SEW LIKE A BOSS classes in a one day intensive! You'll leave with two amazing bags made by you & sewing knowledge pouring out of your ears! Intensive usually held on a Saturday or Sunday.





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!


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.


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