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Sew the Fremont Bag

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Sew a chic waxed canvas tote with leather trim, zippers, pockets and more.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list and the Fremont Tote pattern
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Construct a gorgeous waxed canvas tote with leather trim, all on your home sewing machine! Professional bagmaker Ellie Lum shows you how, step by step — from pattern drafting to securing hardware such as metal zippers, adding interior lining pockets and more. By the end of class, you’ll not only walk away with a stylish handcrafted bag, you’ll also have a repertoire of bag-making skills that will carry you to your next project.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Materials & Supplies
Meet Ellie and explore the features of the Fremont tote. Then learn about the waxed canvas, lining fabric, tools and notions you'll need to make the bag.
2. Drafting & Cutting Fabric
3. Preparing & Attaching Pockets
4. Installing the Zipper
5. Sewing the Bag Together
6. Punching the Leather Trim
7. Completing the Bag With Leather & Hardware

Recommended with this class

  • The Fremont Tote KitThe Fremont Tote Kit
  • OR 1⁄2 yard of medium to heavyweight fabric such as waxed canvas, canvas or denim
  • 1⁄2 yard of contrasting medium to heavyweight fabric

Taught by

Ellie Lum
Ellie Lum
Ellie Lum is a sewing designer and teacher in Portland, Oregon, who specializes in waxed canvas bags and leather goods. With a background in both adult education and bag production, Ellie has built a business combining her talents in Klum House, a workshop space and purveyor of high-end sewing kits. She feels strongly that making items by hand, and the act of learning to do so, are vital to human creativity, confidence and our ability to value the items we use every day.

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