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Slabtown - Online Class

ADVANCED MAKE TIME: 8–12 hours

Learn to make the Slabtown, a heavy-duty rolltop backpack built for adventurous makers! Klum House founder Ellie Lum will guide you through the entire making process from start to finish. This class includes evergreen access to video tutorials, so you can make from anywhere, at your own pace.

Save 50% when you add this online class to any Slabtown kit!

Class Details

The Slabtown features a spacious main compartment with a quick-access side zipper, a front zip pocket, and snap closures. Whether it’s a day on the trails, your daily cycling commute, or a weekend getaway, this bag will keep up with your active lifestyle and hold up to years of wear and tear. Ellie will walk you through every step of the making process, including lots of extra tips and tricks. Make from home, at your own pace. (Get ready to seriously impress your friends!)

This class includes:

  • Evergreen access to step-by-step video tutorials
  • Slabtown Instructions Booklet
  • Large-format PDF pattern, for professional printing
  • Tiled, print-at-home PDF pattern
  • Detailed Tools + Supplies list, to help you source everything you need
  • Ability to ask questions on the class’s discussion board

Course curriculum:

  • Gather and Prepare Everything (17:18)
  • Construct the Side Pockets (6:35)
  • Attach the Side Snaps (6:31)
  • Sew the (Hidden) Left Zipper (8:42)
  • Sew the (Front Pocket) Right Zipper (3:37)
  • Topstitch the Front Body (7:15)
  • Create the Zipper Cover + Install Leather Zipper Pulls (5:19)
  • Sew the Rolltop (6:14)
  • Attach the Reinforcement Fabric (2:14)
  • Construct + Attach the Buckle Straps (5:36)
  • Attach Front + Back of Bag (5:58)
  • Sew the Bag Together + Bind the Seams (4:29)
  • Construct the Boxed Corners (2:11)
  • Attach the Rolltop (10:35)
  • Attach the Rolltop Strap (9:00)
  • Attach the Backpack Straps (10:03)

Skill Building

In addition to teaching you how to make an amazing bag, this class will also help you develop a solid foundation of bag making skills that you’ll continue to use on all kinds of bag making projects for years to come. Online classes are great for visual learners or anyone who could use an extra boost of confidence!

You will learn how to:

  • Trace pattern pieces and cut fabric pieces
  • Cut and hole-punch leather straps
  • Sew heavy-duty waxed canvas on a home machine
  • Create adjustable leather backpack straps
  • Set industrial-strength tubular rivets
  • Set Line 24 snaps
  • Topstitch - Klum House style!
  • Sew extra-bulky seams
  • Construct boxed corners
  • Sew a hidden zippers
  • Attach and reinforce leather straps
  • Install buckles

Supplies Needed

Slabtown 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!

Slabtown 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.

NOTE: This class is 50% off when added to any Slabtown kit.

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.

Meet The Teacher

Klum House founder and pattern designer Ellie Lum has over twenty years of professional bag making experience. With roots in industrial sewing and small-batch manufacturing, Ellie's superpower is teaching makers to achieve professional-quality results on a home sewing machine—and have a hell of a lot of fun while doing it. She’s passionate about empowering makers through sharing her craft.

With a clear, laid back teaching style, Ellie explains each step of the pattern in easy-to-understand language. Her teaching is peppered with helpful tips and tricks, and she has a real knack for melting away intimidation.

A heavy-duty rolltop backpack, built for adventurous makers.

  • · Bag Dimensions: 17 1/2" H (rolled down) / 24 1/2" H (extended) x 11" W x 5.5" D
  • · 24.3 liters max capacity
  • · Heavy-duty, water-resistant waxed canvas exterior
  • · Fully-lined with natural army duck canvas
  • · Spacious main compartment with quick-access zipper
  • · Front zipper pocket
  • · Side pocket for water bottles
  • · Snap closures
  • · Adjustable leather backpack straps
  • · Additional 6" of capacity with rolltop extended

Class Trailer

Sample Lesson

Bag Features

A heavy-duty rolltop backpack, built for adventurous makers.

  • · Bag Dimensions: 17 1/2" H (rolled down) / 24 1/2" H (extended) x 11" W x 5.5" D
  • · 24.3 liters max capacity
  • · Heavy-duty, water-resistant waxed canvas exterior
  • · Fully-lined with natural army duck canvas
  • · Spacious main compartment with quick-access zipper
  • · Front zipper pocket
  • · Side pocket for water bottles
  • · Snap closures
  • · Adjustable leather backpack straps
  • · Additional 6" of capacity with rolltop extended

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