💪 BEGINNER BAG MAKING online course now open for registration! Limited spaces available 💪
All the leather + hardware, minus the fabric!
CONFIDENT BEGINNER MAKE TIME: 4–6 hours
Beginner projects will introduce you to the basics of bag making.
You'll learn to sew heavy-duty fabric, punch holes in fabric and leather,
set metal rivets, and sew your first zipper!
Confident Beginner projects involve managing more pieces of fabric and
leather. They'll teach you to add interior and exterior pockets and install
new types of hardware, like snaps.
Intermediate projects involve a more in-depth making process. They'll
teach you to work with a wider variety of tools and hardware techniques,
like setting extra-strength tubular rivets.
Advanced projects are for experienced stitchers ready to invest a significant
amount of time and energy into becoming a bag maker. Complex construction and
seriously professionals results.
The Oberlin is a stylish take on the classic market tote. It features sturdy leather straps, a magnetic snap closure, an interior zipper pocket, and exterior pocket compartments, and an extra-strong reinforced base.
Add A Oberlin - Paper Pattern?
· Large-format paper pattern
· Physical instructions booklet
Add A Oberlin - PDF Pattern?
· Print-at-home PDF pattern
· Large-format PDF pattern
· PDF instructions
Add A Oberlin - Online Class?
Learn to make your Oberlin with Ellie, the pattern's designer! Step-by-step video instructions from your home sewing machine. (Regularly $49, 50% off with kit!)
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To make holes in fabric
To use under sharp punching tools
To make perfectly parallel stitches
For securing multiple layers of heavy-duty fabric
No! The Oberlin Tote can be made successfully on a wide range of regular home
Two spools of all-purpose thread to match the main and accent fabrics.
Not necessarily. Double-cap rivets can be set with just a hammer on a hard surface. You could also use a double-cap
rivet setter with a mallet on a hard surface
For the Oberlin, you'll need to punch 3/32" holes in your fabric. You can use a 3/32" drive
punch and a mallet on top of a cutting board or a hand-squeeze rotary punch.
No, the magnetic snap does not require any special tools.
Check out a full list of Oberlin FAQs on our blog.