Make a Bag Workshop

Beginner’s Sewing: Make a bag half day workshop

3 November 2019 | Bow, East London

Bags are one of the most practical and enjoyable items to make. Learn to make one for yourself then replicate for all your friends! This is an introductory workshop for beginner and intermediate sewers. The workshop combines the key elements of following a pattern and using a sewing machine. It is pitched at beginners and those who want to improve their sewing skills.

Split into two half days, come along in the morning to make a tote shopper bag or the afternoon to make a small zipper pouch. Or join for the whole day and make both bags. Everything is provided for you to leave the workshop with a finished bag made from vintage fabric. The class is taught by me, Sarah Richards. Click here to read about my sewing journey. It is a small class with only 4 participants giving you chance for 1:1 tuition.

Using vintage fabric is a fun way to create a sustainable dress by using pre-loved fabrics that would otherwise end up in landfill. The fabrics have all been pre-washed and will be pressed ready for the workshop.

Morning session: 10am to 1pm

Afternoon session: 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Cost is £40 for half a day. Both workshops take place on the same day. Add both classes to your basket if you want to join for the whole day.

Included in the price:

  • Reusable pattern (designed by Sarah Richards)
  • Half a metre of vintage fabric (choose from a wide selection on the day )
  • Straps, zips, linings, threads and trims for embellishment
  • Use of a basic sewing kit and equipment
  • Lots of sewing hacks, tea, coffee and cake!

During the class you will learn:

  • How to read and follow a simple pattern
  • How to prepare the fabric ready for cutting
  • How to set up your sewing machine and prepare the threads
  • How to stitch straight lines, pivot and adjust stitch types
  • How to hand finish linings
  • Insert a zip (afternoon class only)
  • You will take home a finished bag made from vintage fabric

How to Book: Click here to book for the morning TOTE class. Click here to book for the afternoon ZIPPER class. Add both sessions to your basket if you want to join for the whole day. Payment is taken securely via PayPal. Places are limited to 4 people for each session. Any problems with your booking, please email me on

Where: Snap, 465 Roman Road, London E3 5LX (Tube: Mile End or Bethnal Green, buses 8 and 339). There is a car park on the corner of St Stephen’s Road and Roman Road that is free on a Sunday. Snap is a card and gift shop. we use the back of the shop for workshops when the shop is closed. Wheelchair access is available.

When: Sunday 3 November. Morning session: 10am to 1pm. Afternoon session 2:30 to 5:30pm.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are given in full if cancellation is sent via email 14 days prior to the workshop. No refunds for cancellations within 14 days of the class. I will try my best to resell your place, if successful, I will issue you with a refund after deducting advertising costs (up to £10). No refunds for no shows. Email address:

Suitable for adults over 18. Children age 14 to 17 need to be accompanied and supervised by a paying adult (i.e. 1 adult and 1 child pay for and take 2 of the 4 places). Not suitable for children under the age of 14.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like more information. Hope to see you at a workshop soon! | 07774 255134