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BEGINNER
BAG MAKING

- AN ONLINE COURSE with Ellie Lum

BEGINNER
BAG MAKING

- AN ONLINE COURSE with Ellie Lum

Education, Supplies, COMMUNITY

Next session: February 2023

Join Klum House founder Ellie Lum for a trifecta of our most popular beginner bag making classes: Sewing Machine 101, the Woodland Dopp Kit, and the Portsmith Tote. You'll get access to a combination of pre-recorded videos and live Zoom sessions, an online community of fellow bag makers, plus ALL the supplies you’ll need. No previous experience required. 

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You will learn how to...

MAKE + LEARN

- 3 MODULES, AT YOUR OWN PACE -

ENROLLMENT

SEWING MACHINE 101

MODULE 1

WOODLAND DOPP KIT

MODULE 2

PORTSMITH TOTE

MODULE 3

Learn all the ins and outs of your home sewing machine + how to troubleshoot common problems.

Make a boxy, waxed canvas + leather zipper pouch! Learn to set rivets, attach leather, and sew your first zipper.

Make a classic market tote bag with sturdy leather straps, rivets, and a sit-flat, reinforced base.  

MAKE + LEARN

- 3 MODULES, AT YOUR OWN PACE -

SEWING MACHINE 101

MODULE 1

Learn all the ins and outs of your home sewing machine + how to troubleshoot common problems.

WOODLAND DOPP KIT

MODULE 2

Make a boxy, waxed canvas + leather zipper pouch! Learn to set rivets, attach leather, and sew your first zipper.

PORTSMITH TOTE

MODULE 3

Make a classic market tote bag with sturdy leather straps, rivets, and a sit-flat, reinforced base.  

- JOIN THE WAITLIST -  

You will learn how to...

GET STARTED

WHO IS THIS FOR?

THE WORKSHOP

Beginner Bag Making is for absolute beginners who've never used a sewing machine before, as well as bag-curious sewists interested in working with waxed canvas, leather, and hardware for the first time. 

THE BACKPACK

IT'S FOR YOU IF... 

►  You have dreams of one day designing and making your own bags but aren't sure where to begin. This course is your first step.

►  You've sewn quilts or garments but have never worked with leather and hardware. Let this experience be your gateway.

►  You're curious about bag making but intimidated by unfamiliar tools and techniques. We're going to break it all down.  

►  You need that extra dose of motivation afforded by a set schedule and a cohort of accountability buddies. You're in the right place.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

WHO IS
THIS FOR?

Beginner Bag Making is for absolute beginners who've never used a sewing machine before, as well as bag-curious sewists interested in working with waxed canvas, leather, and hardware for the first time. 

GET STARTED

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

IT'S FOR YOU IF... 

►  You have dreams of one day designing and making your own bags but aren't sure where to begin. This course is your first step.

►  You've sewn quilts or garments but have never worked with leather and hardware. Let this experience be your gateway.

►  You're curious about bag making but intimidated by unfamiliar tools and techniques. We're going to break it all down.  

►  You need that extra dose of motivation afforded by a set schedule and a cohort of accountability buddies. You can do this!

HOW IT WORKS

- We'll hook you up with everything -  

ENROLLMENT

HOW IT WORKS

- We'll hook you up with everything -  

ENROLLMENT

HOW IT WORKS

- WE'LL HOOK YOU UP WITH EVERYTHING -

FINISH WITH 2 RAD BAGS
+ MAJOR SEWING SKILLS

FINISH WITH 2 RAD BAGS
+ MAJOR SEWING SKILLS

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You will learn how to...

FINISH WITH 2 RAD BAGS + MAJOR SEWING SKILL 

MEET ELLIE

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

THE WORKSHOP

Klum House founder + pattern designer Ellie Lum has been designing and making bags professionally for over twenty years—and teaching for almost as long. Ellie’s students appreciate her laidback teaching style and crystal clear instruction. She believes in bandaids and curse words, plentiful snacks and dog cuddle breaks. She believes in you! 

THE BACKPACK

+ YOUR COMMUNITY

When you sign up, you'll get access to an online community of fellow makers. This will serve as your social hub throughout the course—a place to post photos, ask questions, and cheer on your cohort of beginner bag makers. Why go it alone when we can learn together? It's the next best thing to gathering IRL. We can't wait to meet you!

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Klum House founder + pattern designer Ellie Lum has been designing and making bags professionally for over twenty years—and teaching for almost as long. Ellie’s students appreciate her laidback teaching style and crystal clear instruction. She believes in bandaids and curse words, plentiful snacks and dog cuddle breaks. She believes in you! 

MEET ELLIE

+ YOUR COMMUNITY

When you sign up, you'll get access to an online community of fellow makers. This will serve as your social hub throughout the course—a place to post photos, ask questions, and cheer on your cohort of beginner bag makers. Why go it alone when we can learn together? It's the next best thing to gathering IRL. We can't wait to meet you!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

BUILD SKILLS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

BUILD SKILLS

- ALL THE GOODS -

BEGINNER SEWING TOOLS

Craft clips, fabric pencils, denim needles, 3/32" drive punch + board, seam ripper, flat-head pins, 24" x 6" ruler ($73 value)

2 FULL MAKER KITS

Fabric, leather, hardware, + thread for the Woodland Dopp kit ($72 value) + the Portsmith Tote ($94 value)

2 PDF PATTERNS

A printed instruction booklet for each bag, as well as the Woodland + Portsmith PDF patterns, so you can make again! ($28 value)

- ALL THE SUPPORT -

4 LIVE ZOOM SESSIONS

Learn directly from Ellie, the master bag maker herself! Ask questions, watch live demos, share your work. (Replays available.)

EVERGREEN CLASS ACCESS

Evergreen access to three, pre-recorded online classes: Sewing Machine 101, Woodland Dopp Kit, and Portsmith Tote.

BONUS MATERIALS

We're throwing in some helpful extras, like a troubleshooting guide, tools + supplies Lists, and bonus technique videos.

- ALL THE GOODS -

WHAT'S INCLUDED

ALL THE GOODS

BEGINNER SEWING TOOLS

Craft clips, fabric pencils, denim needles, 3/32" drive punch + board, seam ripper, flat-head pins, 24" x 6" ruler ($73 value)

2 FULL MAKER KITS

Fabric, leather, hardware, + thread for the Woodland Dopp kit ($72 value) + the Portsmith Tote ($94 value)

2 PDF PATTERNS

A printed instruction booklet for each bag, as well as the Woodland + Portsmith PDF patterns, so you can make again! ($28 value)

- ALL THE SUPPORT -

ALL THE SUPPORT

4 LIVE ZOOM SESSIONS

Learn directly from Ellie, the master bag maker herself! Ask questions, watch live demos, share your work. (Replays available.)

EVERGREEN CLASS ACCESS

Evergreen access to three, pre-recorded online classes: Sewing Machine 101, Woodland Dopp Kit, and Portsmith Tote.

BONUS MATERIALS

We're throwing in some helpful extras, like a troubleshooting guide, tools + supplies Lists, and bonus technique videos.

- JOIN THE WAITLIST -  

You will learn how to...

+ 15% OFF

- SITEWIDE DISCOUNT on extra supplies! -

When you enroll, you'll receive an exclusive discount code to use on anything in our online shop for the duration of the course. (Um, YES PLEASE!) 

Rivet Removal Tool
Rivet Removal Tool

Rivet Removal Tool

Bakelite Mallet
Bakelite Mallet
Bakelite Mallet
Bakelite Mallet

Bakelite Mallet

Basic Thread Snips
Basic Thread Snips
Basic Thread Snips
Basic Thread Snips

Basic Thread Snips

BUILD SKILLS

+ 15% OFF

- SITEWIDE DISCOUNT on extra supplies! -

When you enroll, you'll receive an exclusive discount code to use on anything in our online shop for the duration of the course. (Um, YES PLEASE!) 

Rivet Removal Tool
Rivet Removal Tool

Rivet Removal Tool

Bakelite Mallet
Bakelite Mallet
Bakelite Mallet
Bakelite Mallet

Bakelite Mallet

Basic Thread Snips
Basic Thread Snips
Basic Thread Snips
Basic Thread Snips

Basic Thread Snips

BUILD SKILLS

NOT SURE?

FREE WORKSHOP + INFO SESSION WITH ELLIE

THE WORKSHOP

On Thursday, February 10th at 5pm PST, Ellie will be teaching a free online workshop all about home sewing machines for bag making! This is a great opportunity to meet Ellie, ask all of your questions, and feel confident that you and your sewing machine are ready to dive into Beginner Bag Making in March. (A replay will be available.)

THE BACKPACK

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH @ 5PM PST

THE PROGRAM

- HERE'S HOW IT'LL GO DOWN -

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THE PROGRAM

- HERE'S HOW IT'LL GO DOWN -

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THE WORKS!

SEWING MACHINE 101

First up, Ellie will give you a thorough introduction to your machine, totally demystifying how it works, so you can begin making with confidence. Includes 10 video lessons to watch at your own pace, as well as a live Zoom session with Ellie.

YOU WILL LEARN:
•  Basic sewing machine anatomy
•  Different types of home sewing machines
•  How to wind a bobbinHow to thread your machine
•  Understanding tension + timing
•  Troubleshooting common problems
•  How to draft and sew a simple handkerchief or cloth napkin

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First up, Ellie will give you a thorough introduction to your machine, totally demystifying how it works, so you can begin making with confidence. Includes 10 video lessons to watch at your own pace, as well as a live Zoom session with Ellie.

YOU WILL LEARN:
•  Basic sewing machine anatomy
•  Different types of home sewing machines
•  How to wind a bobbinHow to thread your machine
•  Understanding tension + timing
•  Troubleshooting common problems
•  How to draft and sew a simple handkerchief or cloth napkin

- JOIN THE WAITLIST -  

You will learn how to...

THE BACKPACK

LEVEL UP?

THE WORKSHOP

INTERMEDIATE
BAG MAKING 

SPRING 2023

If you've already got a solid foundation of sewing knowledge and a bag or two under your belt, consider signing up for our Intermediate Bag Making online course! It follows a similar format to this one, combining pre-recorded videos with live Zoom sessions, an online community, and all the supplies. With Ellie's guidance, you'll make the Oberlin Tote, Maywood Totepack,and Naito Bucket Bag

NEXT UP?

INTERMEDIATE
BAG MAKING 

MAY 16TH - JUNE 30TH, 2022

After you graduate from Beginner Bag Making with tons of new skills, excited to make ALL the bags…what comes next? Get ready to take your skills to the next level with three intermediate projects—the Oberlin Tote, Maywood Totepack,and Naito Bucket Bag. If you just can't get enough, come back and keep that momentum going! Let 2022 be the year you go full bag maker. (Sign-up opens in April.)

REGISTRATION CLOSES

WED, FEB 16TH

FRI, JUNE 11TH

REGISTRATION CLOSES

WED, FEB 16TH

Space is limited to allow for more personalized instruction.

FAQS

FAQS

FAQS

FAQS

FAQS

FAQS

PAST STUDENTS SAY >

“Ellie Lum is probably the best bag making teacher you will find. Her spoken and written instructions and explanations are crystal clear, as are her patterns. She makes it possible to create something that you might otherwise have thought was not possible for you.” 

— Diana L.

“So happy I took the course! I learned all about hardware and working with waxed canvas. It totally debunked my fears about making bags. Ellie is so patient, and the combination of pre-recorded video plus in-person explanations worked really well.”

— Maura R. 

“I was one of the slower makers but Ellie is so patient walking you through the whole process, especially the tricky bits. I love how she explains things, anticipates common mistakes, and helps you problem solve.”

— Eugene D.

“I left feeling inspired and energized by the skills I learned as well as the energy, support, and joy I felt from the group. I appreciate that Ellie was able to give us individual attention while keeping us all on track. I never felt rushed—just gently guided and supported. Thank you for meeting us where we were, Ellie.”

— NORA M.

“Klum House rocks! I feel so proud of myself. I still can’t believe I made such an amazing bag, but it’s really what I learned that is so important. Ellie is truly the most amazing teacher and maker! She is thorough and patient.”

—Trisha G.

“Easy, stress-free, and totally creatively energizing.”

—Jeane O.

YOU READY?

YOU READY?

See you in class!

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