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

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

18 of 18 students recommendSee All

Detailed, easy to follow, highly recommend!
The videos really helped me with each of the steps for sewing this tote. It was a lot of fun picking out the fabric and being able to personalize the project. Great project!
Awesome class. I'm a self taught sewer and this class really helped me to see what I was intuitively doing correctly, as well as learn new skills and terminology! Super clear instruction given on what could easily be a hard to follow project. I watched it one time thru to really pay attention and now I'm going shopping for my tote materials!





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 17 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 with my passion for creating, I am deeply commited to sharing my skills with those who want to learn.