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Bag it! Make a tote from anything

March 17 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This class will cover how to make a tote bag from a piece of clothing, table cloths, old fabric, curtains, denim, and beyond! 

The agenda for the class will be as follows:

  • Introductions, overview, planning

  • Getting started – consider your item and how it could become a bag, what type of bag? Do you have enough material?

  • How to thread a sewing machine

  • Using patterns

  • Lay out your tote, cut it, pin the sides together, get ready to sew it, plan the handles and pockets, embellishments

  • Sew it together and attach handles

  • Review: check in, finish work

  • Clean up!

There will be an overview on how to use sewing machines and basic planning for how to make a pattern for the items, design and styling ideas, and sewing tips from the presenter.

We will provide a pattern, some additional handles, buttons, fabrics, trimmings, thread, and basic supplies.

Students are encouraged to bring their own fabric/old clothes! If you can, it’s also recommended to bring your own scissors, thread, any embellishments, zipper, handles.

For fabric, you can bring old jeans, old shirts, skirts, jackets, curtains, table cloths, upholstery fabrics, or old pillow cases.  It can be any type of clothing as long as there is enough material for a bag. Tank tops are not recommended! 😉

If you have your own portable sewing machine and want to learn how to use it, you can bring it. Please, let us know in advance if you are bringing your own machine. You may want to come earlier to set it up.

No special safety clothing or gear is required. Glasses for close work would be helpful.

About the instructor:

Yulia has been surrounded by art all her life and her creative spirit moves her toward building community and volunteering. She has been designing and making jewelry and custom clothing since college. From old clothing she makes new clothing, totes, jewelry, rugs and other items extending the usefulness of existing materials, giving them new life and making them fun and beautiful. She loves teaching these skills to small groups and sharing the wisdom of re-purposing loved items into other forms.

She is a maker of jewelry, creator of wearable art items from repurposed materials, and an advocate for living minimally. She is also an enthusiastic cook, graphic and space designer, gardener, avid reader, and cinephile.

Maximum class size is 12 people.

Cost: $60 for current Members, $80 for Non-Member

Minimum age for this class is 12. Attendees under 18 should have one of our Minor Waivers signed by a parent/guardian. This can be printed out and brought in or copies are here to fill out as well.

Instructor: Yulia Rothenberg

Instructor Contact: 617-755-6556

Registration closes 3 days before event.

Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before your event start date.

Tags: sewing, repurpose, upcycle, ecofashion


March 17
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Port City Makerspace
68 Morning Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States