Want to learn how to make bags? This choose your own adventure tote bag project walks you through every step of the way from machine basics to finished custom bag. Guided by professional bagmaker Ellie Lum.

 

ONLINE CLASS

 
 
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The Oberlin Tote

 
 
FEATURES
 
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Free Oberlin Tote Pattern included in class!

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

  • Can be made on a home sewing machine with fabric of your choosing

  • Magnetic snap closure

  • Leather straps

  • Interior zipper pocket

  • Hanging key clip

  • Rivets

  • French Seams

  • Version 1: Fabric Straps & Version 2: Leather Straps

  • Four external pockets

SKILLS LEARNED
 
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  • Machine basics - Understanding threading

  • Winding a bobbin correctly

  • Sewing multiple layers of heavy duty fabric

  • Attaching hardware & straps

  • Drafting a pattern

  • Sewing a zipper pocket

  • How to attach binding to edges of a pocket

  • Using an edge-stitch presser foot

  • Sewing a French Seam

  • How to set rivets properly

  • Hemming

  • Conceptual elements of bag making

  • Sewing leather

  • Boxing corners

LESSONS
 

TRAILER

LESSON 1: OVERVIEW OF BAG

Meet Ellie as she shows you the features of The Oberlin Tote.

LESSON 2: TOOLS & MATERIALS

Learn about the waxed canvas, leather, tools and notions you'll need to make the bag.

LESSON 3: MACHINE BASICS - OVERVIEW

Get an introduction to the sewing machine & learn what all the knobs & levers do!

LESSON 4: MACHINE BASICS - THREADING

Find out how to thread a sewing machine properly, wind a bobbin, and get your machine set up to make your bag.

LESSON 5: MACHINE BASICS - TECHNIQUES

Learn how to handle heavy-duty fabric & the basics of creating good stitches!

LESSON 6: DESIGN LAB

Get an intro to bag design considerations & choose which custom features you want to include in your tote bag project.

LESSON 7: DRAFTING & CUTTING

Follow along as Ellie shows you how to draft your pattern pieces accurately onto your fabric & cut them out.

LESSON 8: PREPPING & PRESSING

Prep your fabric by pressing all the hems & get ready to sew!

LESSON 6: SEWING THE EXTERIOR POCKETS

Create hems & divider stitches on the exterior pockets. Give your bag some cargo capacity with four external pockets!

LESSON 7: SEWING THE REINFORCED BASE

Attach the base layer to the bag. Learn the wonders of using an edge-stitch presser foot.

LESSON 8: CONSTRUCTING THE ZIPPER POCKET

Construct a hanging zippered internal pocket with binding.

LESSON 9: STYLE 1 - FABRIC HANDLES

Learn how to construct fabric handles with leather details.

LESSON 10: ATTACHING THE MAGNETIC SNAP

Learn how to set a magnetic snap closure into the top hem of your tote.

LESSON 11: ATTACHING ZIPPER POCKET

Discover how easy it is to set a pocket & key clip into your bag. Create the top hem to your bag while also learning correct pinning techniques for heavy weight fabric.

LESSON 12: SEWING THE SIDE SEAMS

Learn how to sew your bag together with French Seams.

LESSON 13: ATTACHING LEATHER HANDLES

Learn how to attach leather handles with rivets.

LESSON 14: CONCLUSION

The big reveal! Turn your bag right-side out and admire your hard work. Time to celebrate your bag & all it’s features by putting stuff in it!

 
MEET THE TEACHER
 
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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!

Ellie’s Story

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.

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