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Oberlin - Pattern

Fully-illustrated, easy-to-follow instructions in paper or PDF!

CONFIDENT BEGINNER MAKE TIME: 4–6 hours

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.

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FORMAT

ADD FEATURES

Add A Lining Expansion PDF?

Add a lining fabric to your Portsmith or Oberlin Tote! This PDF pattern is designed to be used in tandem with the main Portsmith or Oberlin pattern.

ADD TO CART $6

Add A Zipper Closure Expansion PDF?

Add a zipper closure to your Portsmith or Oberlin Tote! This PDF pattern is designed to be used in tandem with the main Portsmith or Oberlin pattern.

ADD TO CART $6

Product Details

Paper Pattern

  • Physical Instructions Booklet
  • Large-format paper pattern

PDF Pattern

  • PDF Instructions Booklet
  • Tiled, Print-at-Home PDF Pattern
  • Large-format PDF Pattern

PDF Purchasing Info: After purchasing a PDF pattern, you will receive an email with a link to download the digital file(s). You can also access all previously-purchased digital goods at any time by logging into your account in the upper right-hand corner of our site. NOTE: It may not be possible to download a PDF pattern directly to your tablet or mobile device without a download app. We suggest using Adobe Acrobat in combination with a file storage service like Dropbox to download files to mobiles devices.

Selling Bags: Are you interested in selling this bag in your own small, handmade business? Check out our Oberlin License to Sell!

Learn With Us

At Klum House, we pride ourselves in creating patterns that are thoughtful, holistic, and easy-to-follow. We want you to feel fully-supported at every step of your making journey. This is what you can expect to encounter:

Clear Instructions - We are teachers, first and foremost, and as such we know that clear language is so important. We are dedicated to crafting simple, easy-to-follow instructions, so you can forge ahead with confidence.

Helpful Tips + Cautions - Your instructions booklet will be peppered with helpful tips, reminders, and caution moments. We know all of the most common mistakes (because we’ve made them!) and point them out so you can avoid them.

Excellent Illustrations - Our patterns are filled with helpful, technically-precise illustrations. We makers are visual learners! With 3D renderings and transparent layers, we’ll help you conceptualize every stitch, flip, and fold.

Specialty Education - Bag making is different from other types of sewing. It involves working with heavy-duty fabrics, leather, hardware, and tools you may not have encountered before. But don’t worry, our patterns break it all down.

Multiple Making Paths - Whether you choose to make from a fully-prepped maker kit, a leather + hardware kit, or “from scratch,” our patterns are designed to guide you along your chosen path to guarantee a successful make!

Supplies Needed

Oberlin Full Maker Kit - This is the most foolproof (and luxurious) way to make. Pre-cut fabric, ready-to-attach leather straps, and all of the hardware you need—all in the colors of your choice. All you have to do is make!

NOTE: Woodland PDF Pattern is included with an Oberlin Full Maker Kit!

Oberlin Leather + Hardware Kit - Prefer to source your own fabric? This option is for you! It comes with all the leather and hardware bits, minus the fabric.

Make From Scratch - Alternatively, source and prep all of your supplies yourself! For a detailed list of everything you’ll need, download this TOOLS + SUPPLIES LIST.

The Oberlin is a stylish take on the classic market tote—with lots of pockets!

  • · Bag Dimensions: 13.5" H x 12" W x 5" D
  • · Heavy-duty, water-resistant waxed canvas
  • · Premium leather straps
  • · 4-compartment exterior pockets
  • · Hanging interior zipper pocket
  • · Magnetic snap closure 
  • · Strong metal rivets 
  • · Reinforced base for extra durability
  • · Metal D-ring to attach keys
  • · French seams

Sign up for the Oberlin Tote online class and get the PDF pattern for free!

Learn to make your Oberlin with Ellie, the pattern's designer, from the comfort of your home sewing machine. The online class is great for visual learners and those who could use an extra boost of confidence.

LEARN MORE

Our teaching patterns are designed to help you build lifelong skills as you make.

You will learn how to :
  • · Trace the pattern pieces and cut fabric
  • · Cut and hole-punch leather straps
  • · Sew heavy-duty waxed canvas on a home sewing machine
  • · Sew a zipper
  • · Create a hanging interior pocket
  • · Sew French seams
  • · Make and sew binding fabric
  • · Construct boxed corners
  • · Set a magnetic strip
  • · Attach and reinforce leather straps
  • · Set metal double-cap rivets

MEET THE BAG

The Oberlin is a stylish take on the classic market tote—with lots of pockets!

  • · Bag Dimensions: 13.5" H x 12" W x 5" D
  • · Heavy-duty, water-resistant waxed canvas
  • · Premium leather straps
  • · 4-compartment exterior pockets
  • · Hanging interior zipper pocket
  • · Magnetic snap closure 
  • · Strong metal rivets 
  • · Reinforced base for extra durability
  • · Metal D-ring to attach keys
  • · French seams

Skill Building

Our teaching patterns are designed to help you build lifelong skills as you make.

You will learn how to :
  • · Trace the pattern pieces and cut fabric
  • · Cut and hole-punch leather straps
  • · Sew heavy-duty waxed canvas on a home sewing machine
  • · Sew a zipper
  • · Create a hanging interior pocket
  • · Sew French seams
  • · Make and sew binding fabric
  • · Construct boxed corners
  • · Set a magnetic strip
  • · Attach and reinforce leather straps
  • · Set metal double-cap rivets

ONLINE CLASS

Sign up for the Oberlin Tote online class and get the PDF pattern for free!

Learn to make your Oberlin with Ellie, the pattern's designer, from the comfort of your home sewing machine. The online class is great for visual learners and those who could use an extra boost of confidence.

LEARN MORE

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