design your own tote

a tote bag is an ideal project, for learning to sew for the first time, or refreshing latent skills… if you’ve been wanting to learn to sew in a more relaxed, multi-week format, this is the class for you. in 4 weekly sessions, you’ll learn how to use your machine so that you’re comfortable with all sorts of projects going forward.

to register, or if you have any questions, email me at all classes will require payment in advance (by check or Paypal), and a minimum number of students to run. the exact address will be provided when you register. deadline to register is February 15. please read my class policies; by registering for a class you agree to honor them.

Beginner Sewing: Design Your Own Tote

Held at my studio in Kerhonkson, NY
Tuesdays February 19, 26, March 5 & 12 from 6-8pm

Four 2-hour classes, $200 

In this beginner-level class (no previous experience needed), you’ll learn how to sew and make a useful tote bag with a lining and pockets. You’ll be the designer and determine the dimensions of every part of the bag, as well as the style and placement of pockets and straps. We will cover how to use the machine, sewing seams, top-stitching, patch pockets, boxed corners and 4-ply straps. If you’re not a total beginner, and want to get playful, you’re welcome to bring a variety of fabrics and piece them together. If time permits, we may even get to make some zipper pouches!

Note: Students must bring their own machine to class. 


  • Sewing machine
  • 1 yard medium-weight cotton or other woven fabric for bag
  • 1 yard light- to medium-weight cotton or other fabric for lining
  • Thread to match
  • Basic sewing kit: scissors, pins & cushion, tape measure, ruler, seam ripper, tailor’s chalk
  • Optional: trims or other embellishments, or other fabrics to incorporate into your bag

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