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with Ellie Lum
Online Class

Sew the Fremont Bag

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h54m

Included in this Class

1. Materials & Supplies

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

2. Drafting & Cutting Fabric

Follow along as Ellie shows you how to draft and mark the pattern pieces accurately onto your fabric, and then cut them out.

3. Preparing & Attaching Pockets

3. Preparing & Attaching Pockets

Attach an interior pocket to your lining fabric and create an exterior divided pocket in waxed canvas for the outside of your bag.

Recommended with this class

  • 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
  • 1⁄2 yard of canvas, or cotton fabric with interfacing
  • Zipper, metal hardware and leather strapping
  • Home sewing machine with a sturdy needle and standard feet
  • Chalk pencil
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Leather punching tools