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LEARN TO SEW: Frontier Waxed Canvas Knapsack

  • Klum House Workshop 3808 N Williams Ave. #132 Portland, OR, 97203 United States (map)

Level 2-3 Sewing Class: Prior sewing experience is needed. Proficiency with threading the machine & winding a bobbin is recommended.

How badass would it be to make your own backpack out of waxed canvas?! This knapsack class is the perfect marriage of approachable yet challenging skill building + rugged functional style. Choose between a 1-day weekend intensive  or a 2-part weeknight workshop to get a thorough introduction to bag making while learning Industrial sewing techniques for home sewing as you sew this Waxed Canvas Knapsack from start-to-finish. Ellie Lum, founder of RE Load Bags & custom bag maker of 20 years, will guide you through the making process step-by-step, ensuring you build knowledge & confidence along the way.

Skills Learned

Handling heavy-duty fabrics, Sewing zippers, Easing heavier fabric around curves, Sewing padded straps with webbing & buckles, Working with waxed canvas, Creating a dimensional zippered pocket, Attaching metal brads

Project Features

- Dimensions: 14" W x 17" H x 3" D

- High quality 8.25 oz waxed canvas is a naturally water resistant material, Heavy duty YKK zipper closure, External zipper pocket, Leather zipper pulls with metal brads

Maker Kits & Materials

A Frontier Knapsack Maker Kit is included in the price of class & has everything you need to make your beautiful bag!

Lucky you! Students get wholesale pricing on kits purchased for class— Save $50! When you select your fabrics, the price of the maker kit will be added on (+$60). Hardware choices will be made during class.

- Each project kits comes pre-cut & marked, ready for sewing together. This allows for us to focus all of our time on sewing machine skill-building techniques



Base Workshop Fee: $115

Materials Fee: $60

Total: $175