Want to make a gorgeous waxed canvas tote with leather trim, all on your home sewing machine? Professional bagmaker Ellie Lum shows you how.
LET’S GET STARTED
LESSON 1: MATERIALS & SUPPLIES
Meet Ellie as she shows you the features of the Fremont tote. Then learn about the waxed canvas, lining fabric, tools and notions you'll need to make the bag.
LESSON 2: DRAFTING & CUTTING FABRIC
Follow along as Ellie shows you how to draft and mark the pattern pieces accurately onto your fabric, and then cut them out.
LESSON 3: PREPARING & ATTACHING POCKETS
Attach an interior pocket to your lining fabric and create an exterior divided pocket in waxed canvas for the outside of your bag.
LESSON 4: INSTALLING THE ZIPPER
A metal zipper adds style and security to your bag. In this lesson, discover Ellie's techniques to confidently stitch the zipper in place with zipper tape that’s neatly turned in for a professional look.
LESSON 5: SEWING THE BAG TOGETHER
Now join the outer fabric and the bag lining together with simple (but accurate) sewing. Then, box the corners and turn the bag right side out to reveal the tote bag shape.
LESSON 6: PUNCHING THE LEATHER TRIM
Find out how to cut the leather straps, zipper pull, and washers to the correct measurements. Ellie helps you accurately punch rivet holes where needed.
LESSON 7: Adding Leather & Hardware
Your Fremont bag is ready for its hardware! Learn how to securely attach metal rivets and leather washers to the bag handles, front-pocket rivet, and zipper tab. Finally, add Chicago screws to attach leather side-tabs and O-rings for the cross-body strap.
Hi! I’m Ellie Lum
I’m a maker and a teacher. I started Klum House because I love encouraging & inspiring people by teaching sewing tips & tricks through fun, hands-on workshops. With clear instructions & 20 years experience, I’ll 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 & 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.
Sewing multiple layers of heavy duty fabric
Attaching hardware & straps
Sewing a lining
Various ways to set rivets properly
Installing a Chicago Screw
Conceptual elements of bag making
Dimensions: 10.5" H x 11" W (at bottom) x 5" D
Zipper closure for main compartment
Exterior front pockets
Leather cross-body strap
Metal Hardware & D-Ring for keys