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CONFIDENT BEGINNER MAKE TIME: 1–2 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.
All of the leather + hardware you need to add a zipper closure to your Oberlin Tote. This expansion is designed to be used in tandem with our Oberlin pattern. Elevate the look of your bag and keep your belongings secure! (PDF pattern instructions not included unless you add them.)
Add A Oberlin Expansions PDF?
· PDF instructions (includes bonus lining expansion!)
· Video tutorial
Great for sewing heavy-duty fabric
For making impermanent marks on fabric
For securing multiple layers of heavy-duty fabric
No! The Portsmith Tote can be made successfully on a wide range of regular home
Two spools of all-purpose thread: one to match the main tote body, and one to match the base.
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 Portsmith, 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.
Check out a full list of Portsmith FAQs on our blog.