Discover sewing secrets and up your maker game. Leave with a functional, stylish backpack that you made from start to finish with your own two hands!
NEXT LEVEL BAG MAKING
Take your maker skills to the next level and create this gorgeous waxed canvas & leather roll-top backpack. Perfect for commuters with style who want a comfortable, long-lasting backpack for planes, trains, automobiles... plus buses and bikes!
Sewing experience is required.
$160 + $140 Materials
Optional Pendleton® Wool pocket + $30
Sewing multiple layers of heavy duty fabric & leather
Sewing leather on a home machine
Inserting a zipper pocket
How to construct leather backpack straps
Inserting a liner
Various ways to set rivets properly
Inserting magnetic snap rivets
Conceptual elements of bag making
Dimensions: 18” - 22” H (full capacity - rolled down) x 12” W x 5” D
Adjustable Leather straps lined with comfortable cotton webbing
Exterior front zipper pocket
Two side cargo pockets to fit water bottles
Magnetic snap closure
Natural off-white Canvas lining makes it easy to see things inside your bag
Weather-resistant wasted canvas exterior
Extra reinforcement base layer
MEET THE TEACHER
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!
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.
Ellie is such an encouraging teacher and clear as a bell in her instruction. She broke complex information down into understandable bits, and explained the why's as much as the how's.
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
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 Slabtown Maker Kit, ready to sew! When you click to sign up, you’ll be prompted to choose your exterior fabric color. Hardware & zipper colors will be chosen in class.
Make it again... With a discount!
Lucky you! Students get early access & a discount on Slabtown Backpack Maker Kits purchased in class!
Maker Kits: $160 (Regularly $250)
Finishing Kits: $100 (Regularly $150)
Continue building your skills by making another Slabtown Backpack 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!
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.