We applaud your choice to dive into this premier series and take in all this knowledge to help you become a better bag artisan!  Each session is 2.5 hrs long and materials are provided.  Some machine sewing will be required (we can help) and though we’ll not be making complete projects, specific samples will be made in each class.

2.5 hours: Part I and II– Patterns
Many of you have asked for help in creating patterns for totes, purses, backpacks and belt packs. Now we have included patterning in this session so students will be able to take a photo of a product and be able to draw out the pattern pieces on paper to be able to recreate the product and/or make it a different size. This is more of a technical workshop, so we won’t be making the bag, but you will leave with at least one major pattern and several others that your fellow students will create in the class. You can prep for the class by printing out photos of products you’d like to pattern. We need a paper copy of the product rather than trying to see it on your phone or computer to help you.

2.5 hours: Part III– Zippers and Pockets
In this session, you’ll learn how to install zippers in several different ways, adjust the length of a zipper and replace an existing zipper for repair. We have included pockets in this session as well —there are so many ways to attach pockets in or on a bag. We’ll show you how to create as many different types as time allows.

2.5 hours: Part IV– Straps and Handles
Bags need proper handles and straps to make them user friendly. We’ll show you how to install a slide and make an adjustable strap with buckles and collar buttons. Short padded handles are also included in this session. You will make a few types of straps and one padded handle as samples in this session.  YOU FOUND IT

2.5 hours: Part V– Edge Finishing and Closures
Have you ever noticed how smooth the edges are on manufactured bags? They have machines that lay on a very smooth polished edge. We’ll show you how duplicate that with multiple coats of edge paint, beeswax and our special creasing machine that can make your edges look extremely professional. Turn locks and top notch hardware installation will be covered as well.