Hand-made Tote Bags

Creative Learning |
20th October 2018

Tutor Emma Redfern | Fee £79 | 1 session

Transform your favourite fabrics into a super stylish and professional looking tote bag with Emma Redfern of Hole House.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?

You will be guided through various bag-making techniques, aimed at those of you who can use a sewing machine but perhaps have never made a bag before, or who want to improve your bag making skills. We will cover pattern-matching, interlining and the use of bag hardware which when combined, will elevate your bag above the homemade, to something handcrafted and unique.

The workshop will take your bag-making to a higher level, showing you how to use interfacing, interlining and specialist bag hardware to really give your bag a professional finish. It will be taught in an informal and encouraging way, with demonstrations of the trickier aspects. Full written instructions and a pattern will be given to all participants to take home.

By the end of the course/workshop you will:
-Have a beautiful new bag to take home with you!
-Be able to insert a zipped pocket.
-Be able to insert a magnetic snap.
-Have learnt how to pattern match your fabrics.
-Have gained knowledge and confidence of bag making techniques that you can apply to this and other projects.

What do I need to bring with me?
A sewing machine you are comfortable using, in good working order. Most domestic models are suitable.
Matching thread
Fabric scissors
Hand sewing needle
Fabric – half a metre of outer fabric (tweed or other upholstery weight)
Half a metre of lining fabric (quilt weight cotton or cotton lawn work well) If your outer fabric has a strong check or line pattern, please bring more than half a metre if you can, to allow for pattern matching.
Matching zip (regular, nylon zip, minimum 25cm but any length okay as we cut to size)

Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?
The cost of all materials is included in the workshop fee.

About the tutor
Emma is a self-taught bag maker who has gained a loyal following on Facebook where she runs a business page called Hole House. She sells her bags online and has been teaching bag-making workshops for the last 4 years. With a particular love of tweed, she is a member of the Wool Clip and helps organise Woolfest each year. Her style is very relaxed and informal and she hopes that participants will leave her workshops with a new enthusiasm for bag making and feel inspired to use what they have learnt to start creating their own designs.


20th October 2018

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