My latest class at the
was "Bag the Basics." I designed the class almost a year ago, but this was the first time actually teaching it. It was designed as a comprehensive basic sewing class, including zippers and buttons. I originally planned the class as a 4 week class, but it is always difficult to tell how long a project will take in the classroom, especially the first time. The class turned out to be 6 weeks in long. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the class and was delighted with what each of the students added to the class. Arts Center
The project I ended up calling, the "Everything Bag," because of it's versatility. I've made several now. I gave one to a good friend back in the States. She carries her little laptop and school books inside. The one I carry often holds a sketchbook, various toys, and snacks. Though my children are older now it would easily hold a diaper or two and a change of little people clothes. There are pockets on both the front and the back as well as 2 inside pockets. The front pocket is held closed with a button. One of the inside pockets is designed to hold writing utensils and a cell phone. The top zips closed.
This project offered lots of learning opportunities for the beginning sewer. Students learned, straight stitching, topstitching, sewing pleats, and how to sew on a curve. Though my students had different levels of experience I believe this was the first time for zippers and button holes for most of them. There were certainly challenges, but I think all of the students were pleased with their finished projects! Here are the pictures of my students with their finished bags.
I posted the pattern on my Etsy site today. I am hoping to teach the same class again this summer.