Intro To Sewing: Leather + Canvas 'Oberlin' Tote Bag And Machine 101

Ellie Lum, Sewing Instructor, Bag Maker, Klum House

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18 Lessons (1h 24m)
    • 1. Intro to Sewing: Custom Tote Bag & Machine 101

      2:18
    • 2. Overview of the Bag

      1:04
    • 3. Tools and Materials

      2:37
    • 4. Machine Basics: Overview

      7:25
    • 5. Machine Basics: Understanding Threading + Bobbin

      6:05
    • 6. Machine Basics: Sewing Techniques

      6:35
    • 7. Design Lab

      2:48
    • 8. Pattern Drafting + Cutting Fabric

      6:37
    • 9. Prepping + Ironing

      3:51
    • 10. Sewing the Outside Pockets

      4:53
    • 11. Sewing the Reinforced Base

      3:09
    • 12. Constructing the Zipper Pocket

      5:47
    • 13. Style B: Construct Fabric Handles

      10:16
    • 14. Attaching a Magnetic Snap

      1:56
    • 15. Attaching the Zipper Pocket + Key Clip

      4:06
    • 16. Sewing the Side Seams

      7:21
    • 17. Attaching the Leather Handles

      6:06
    • 18. Conclusion

      1:26
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Project Description

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By the end of this class you will have finished a custom tote bag project. You will have the choice to customize the straps, shape, size, pocket features, and fabric choices for this versatile tote bag project. If there’s one bag you’ll want to use, it’s this stylish + rugged versatile take on the classic market tote. Need an everyday bag with the capacity to carry your essentials plus more around town? Or a rugged tote built to withstand being loaded down with a laptop & school books? Or a fancy tote that compliments a date outfit, but has the capacity to carry all your layers on these chilly Fall evenings? Whatever you need, to carry, this tote is a versatile and essential accessory for any lifestyle. Your tote will be a combination of canvas, denim, and/or cotton fabrics as well as adding leather handles with metal brads or fabric handles with leather details.

Project Features

  • Dimensions 11.5" H x 13.5" W x 5" D (or custom dimensions)
  • Materials: canvas and cotton fabrics, leather, denim, linen, etc.
  • Custom Straps:
  • Real leather straps attached with strong metal brads OR make you're own straps with heavy-weight material
  • Flat square base ideal for carrying books and groceries
  • Features four external pockets
  • Open top that’s easy to throw stuff in
  • Extra reinforced base layer
  • Inside zipper pocket
  • Key clip
  • Rugged
  • Versatile design

Notes

Please download the Custom Market Tote Bag Instructions PDF in this section. It includes comprehensive written and illustrative instructions for variations of Style A (Tote with leather handles) + Style B (Tote with fabric handles). Printing the pages that include the style you plan on making is suggested. Then you have a solid place to take notes about the project as you move along.

* If constructing tote style A, you may purchase the leather straps (fully prepared with holes already punched) and metal quick-set rivets off the Klum House website here. You have the option to choose from natural leather, brown chap leather or black bridle leather. The metal brads come in brass, antique brass, black, and silver.

http://www.klumhouse.com/klumhousestore/leather-handles-with-brass-hardware

WHAT TO UPLOAD TO THE PROJECT GALLERY

MACHINE 101

  • Please upload a photo of the sewing machine you are sewing on. This is a great way to let others know what machine you're working with and the features you have for it. It also informs me what your sewing with, and I can give you valuable feedback on using your machine!

TOTE BAG

  • Please upload your finished project to the Project Gallery & show off your beautiful creation!
  • Use the Project Gallery to tell us what features you included on your tote; How many pockets? Did you do an inside zipper pocket? Change the overall dimensions of the bag? Show off your design!

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