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

Ellie Lum, Sewing Instructor, Bag Maker, Klum House

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

    • Overview of the Bag

    • Tools and Materials

    • Machine Basics: Overview

    • Machine Basics: Understanding Threading + Bobbin

    • Machine Basics: Sewing Techniques

    • Design Lab

    • Pattern Drafting + Cutting Fabric

    • Prepping + Ironing

    • Sewing the Outside Pockets

    • Sewing the Reinforced Base

    • Constructing the Zipper Pocket

    • Style B: Construct Fabric Handles

    • Attaching a Magnetic Snap

    • Attaching the Zipper Pocket + Key Clip

    • Sewing the Side Seams

    • Attaching the Leather Handles

    • Conclusion


About This Class


This class is designed to make sewing fun & easy - no prior sewing experience necessary! During this intro to sewing class you will learn the in’s & out’s of your sewing machine and complete a custom tote bag that you stitched up with your own two hands. This class not only includes step-by-step video lessons, but also a fully comprehensive 56-page downloadable Custom Tote Bag Instructions PDF that breaks down the steps in written + illustrative form. In this class, we will go over machine basics such as threading the machine & bobbin, overview of sewing machine and how it functions, cutting fabric, essential sewing tools, and how to make & use a simple pattern. You will learn how to operate your sewing machine with confidence while you make a custom tote bag. You will walk away with your very own tote bag that YOU MADE from start-to-finish with confidence.



Machine 101

  • Overview of machine knobs + functions
  • How to properly thread your sewing machine
  • How to wind a bobbin
  • Understand machine tension + timing
  • Trouble-shooting machine problems
  • Using various presser feet
  • Changing the needle
  • Sewing with heavyweight fabrics such as 12 oz duck canvas
  • Trouble-shooting techniques
  • Sewing techniques for greater control and stitch accuracy

Custom Tote Bag

  • Overview of design considerations
  • Drafting a pattern
  • How to use a rotary cutter
  • How to properly iron & prepare your fabric for sewing
  • Creating a flat bottom-base for bags
  • How to attach a key clip
  • Metal hardware attachment
  • French seams
  • Sewing through multiple layers of thick fabric
  • Sewing pockets
  • Attaching a base layer for reinforcement
  • Bag construction

41 of 41 students recommendSee All

Wow.. you're the best, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!
Easy to follow steps for all levels of ability
Amazing tutorial by a very skilled teacher. Covers all the basics and directions are accurate and easy to follow. End product is very useful to use. I ended up drafting a pattern on paper because I will be making this again and again for gifts.





Ellie Lum

Sewing Instructor, Bag Maker, Klum House

I am a maker, skill-building educator, and creative business entrepreneur based out of Portland, OR. You can find me through my DIY Workshop and handmade goods brand, Klum House. I am also on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. I am a business owner of over 20 years in a craftsman-based business, R.E. Load Bags, where I have honed my skills as a leader and teacher instructing those who worked with me how to master the craft of industrial sewing as well as creative business management. Along w...

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