Beginner Bag Making: Waxed Canvas & Leather Tote - Free Pattern!

Ellie Lum, Sewing Instructor, Bag Maker, Klum House

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10 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. 00 Portsmith Tutorial Trailer (1)

    • 2. 01 Portsmith Tutorial The Portsmith Tote Features

    • 3. 02 Portsmith Tutorial Tools & Materials

    • 4. 03 Portsmith Tutorial Cutting

    • 5. 04 Portsmith Tutorial Threading the Machine

    • 6. 05 Portsmith Tutorial Stitching the Base Layer

    • 7. 06 Portsmith Tutorial Stitching the the Top Hem

    • 8. 07 Portsmith Tutorial Creating the Envelope Fold Boxed Corner

    • 9. 09 Portsmith Tutorial Turning the Bag Out

    • 10. 10 Portsmith Tutorial Attaching Leather Straps Re Edit (1)

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About This Class


Learn to sew a durable everyday tote made with rugged waxed canvas and timeless leather straps featuring a unique envelope bottom. Made by you bragging rights!

Level: Absolute Beginner/Beginner
No prior sewing experience needed.

This tote was designed with YOU in mind— It’s a completely beginner-friendly bag with an amazing pay-off. In just a few hours, not only will you make a beautiful tote with your own two hands, you'll also learn indispensable bag sewing tips & learn how to attach leather handles using hardware!

Skills Learned

- Sewing with heavyweight waxed canvas on a home machine
- Sewing an envelope base
- Attaching leather straps with rivets
- Constructing a bag

Materials Needed

Use code: SKILLSHARE10 to get 10% off your Portsmith Tote Maker Kit or Finishing Kit at

A FREE Portsmith Tote pattern is included in the class materials (Head over to the "Your Project" tab to download the free pattern). The pattern is available as a print-at-home tiled version or a large scale version.