Want to make a completely beginner-friendly bag with an amazing pay-off? This quick-sew tote is the perfect introduction to bag making. Professional bagmaker Ellie Lum shows you how.
LESSON 1: PROJECT FEATURES
Meet Ellie as she shows you the features of The Portsmith Tote.
LESSON 2: TOOLS & MATERIALS
Learn about the waxed canvas, leather, tools and notions you'll need to make the bag.
LESSON 3: CUTTING
Follow along as Ellie shows you how to layout your pattern pieces accurately onto your fabric, mirror them & then cut them out.
LESSON 4: THREADING THE MACHINE
Find out how to thread a sewing machine properly, wind a bobbin, and get your machine set up to make your bag.
LESSON 5: STITCHING THE BASE LAYER
Start by attaching the base layer to the bag. Learn the wonders of using an edge-stitch presser foot.
LESSON 6: STITCHING THE TOP HEM
Create the top hem to your bag while also learning correct pinning techniques for heavy weight fabric. Top it off by adding your “I MADE THIS” label to the hem.
LESSON 7: CREATING THE ENVELOPE FOLD
Learn the magic origami-like folds to create an envelope fold boxed corner. Ellie walks you through the process step-by-step.
LESSON 8: TURNING THE BAG OUT
The big reveal! Turn your bag right-side out and admire your hard work. Learn how to shape and mold your boxed corners so they are even.
LESSON 9: ATTACHING LEATHER STRAPS
Your Portsmith Tote is ready for its hardware! Learn how to securely attach metal rivets and leather washers to the tote straps.
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
Threading a machine
Using an edge-stitch presser foot
Doing an envelope fold boxed corner
How to set rivets properly
Conceptual elements of bag making
Dimensions: 13.5" H x 11" W (at bottom) x 5.5" D
Extra reinforcement base layer
Unique envelope fold bottom corners
D-Ring to hang keys or other things
Strong strap attachment points with leather washers
Metal Hardware & D-Ring for keys