Shoulder/Tote Bag Making class – Basic Sewing 101

Join Silver Spring Sewing Sisters for another beginning sewing class. These sewing classes are designed to inspire you to learn to sew, become more familiar with your sewing machine and get you on your way to sewing your own clothes.

Tote Bag making is a great way to get yourself comfortable with the sewing machine. Learn how to cut according to a pattern, sew straight seams, insert interfacing for support and form, get creative with your design and attach a snap for closure. All this in a 3 hour class.

You will have the choice to make one of three different tote bags. One will be easy (for novices), Medium (for intermediate seamstresses), advanced (just more steps).

Fabric and some supplies will be provided however you can feel free to bring your own fabric. (suggested fabrics lightweight denim, broadcloth, lightweight cottons.  (please see the list below for additional supplies you will need to bring for this class)

Also feel free to bring embellishments such as buttons, sequins, patches, trims, laces,, tassels etc. Anything that you can use to make your bag unique you are encouraged to bring.


Cost for this class $10


Supplies needed:

Bring at least two yards of lightweight fabric (contrasting colors). Examples: lightweight denim, linen, cotton, broadcloth etc. 

(There will be some fabrics and additional supplies available in class.)

A working sewing machine – Please have your machines serviced before bringing them to class if they have been out of commission for some time

(be sure to bring your foot petal and manual if you have it handy)

Presser feet for your machine

Extra sewing needles

Sewing shears

Paper scissors

Seam ripper (this will be your best friend 🙂  

Tracing wheel/tracing paper or chalk (whichever you prefer)

Thread (various colors)


Tape Measure

Pin cushion

Straight pins with the ball on top (these are easier to sew with)

Bobbins (make sure they fit your machine)

A sewing box or carrying case to keep all your supplies

Patience and a sense of humor 🙂


Classes and Meetups will only be confirmed and booked at the location after at least 6 people have RSVP’d. If registration drops below 5 the class or meetup is subject to be canceled. Please check back periodically. 


Published by Jenna M

Sew Frugal & Fashionable and The Urban Sewing Society is all about helping you building a fashionable wardrobe through sewing, refashioning vintage and thrifting. We offer vintage and ready made pop up shops which feature carefully selected clothing and accessories to help you achieve that one of a kind look. We have sewing classes to help you unleash your creativity and style. Follow us on Instagram @SewFrugal and @TheUrbanSewingSociety

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