• Sew a Buckthorn Backpack (Weekend Intensive, 2 parts)
  • Sew a Buckthorn Backpack (Weekend Intensive, 2 parts)
  • Sew a Buckthorn Backpack (Weekend Intensive, 2 parts)
  • Sew a Buckthorn Backpack (Weekend Intensive, 2 parts)

Sew a Buckthorn Backpack (Weekend Intensive, 2 parts)



Interested in attending but no sessions available that fit your schedule? Please fill out this form and we will notify you when new sessions are added!

Please note: All class registrations are final; please view our Cancellation Policy and Covid-19 Policy for more information. By registering for this workshop, you are agreeing to abide by these policies. Thank you for supporting our small business!    

Skill level requirement: this is NOT a learn to sew class; you must have sewn in the recent past, and be confident operating a sewing machine independently. See below for more info. If you're a total beginner, check out our  Sewing 101 Workshops.


Learn to sew a stylish Buckthorn Backpack!

You’ll love this zippered top backpack for everyday use.  It features a front pocket for easy access to smaller items, a divided interior pocket to keep everything inside organized, and a flat base. The backpack has adjustable straps and fits tablets, small laptops, and/or notebooks! 

This is a two-part, weekend intensive workshop taking place on the following dates:

Saturday, August 26th at 3:30pm-6:30pm

Sunday, August 27th at 11am-6pm


In this weekend workshop, you'll learn how to:

  • Follow a commercial bag pattern
  • Work with heavyweight fabrics
  • Install a zipper
  • Create interior and exterior pockets
  • Install bag hardware including triangle rings, strap sliders, and swivel hooks
  • Make a lined backpack from start to finish
  • **Please note: we will not be covering how to use fleece or foam with lighter fabrics for this workshop. We will be making the waxed canvas version of this bag only** 


    Fabric and other supplies will be available for purchase in our retail shop & on our website at a 10% discount to students. 

    Required Materials:

    • 3/4 yard canvas or waxed canvas for the exterior fabric. **Please note: we will not be covering how to use fleece or foam foam with lighter fabrics for this workshop.** If you use non-waxed canvas, you may need to add interfacing for extra structure!
    • 16" zipper (or longer if nylon!)
    • Two 1.5" triangle rings
    • Two 1.5" swivel hooks
    • Two 1.5" strap sliders
    • 1/2 yard heavy fusible interfacing
    • All other tools (wonder clips, denim machine needles, iron, etc) required for this project will be available for use at our shop



    Skill requirements: This is a confident beginner/ intermediate sewing workshop; you do not need to have any experience sewing bags, but you must have basic machine-sewing skills and be comfortable and confident operating a sewing machine. Our Sewing 101 class (or equivalent) is a minimum prerequisite for this class. (You can register for one of our upcoming Sewing 101 workshops here.) If you're unsure whether you have enough sewing experience for this class, please send a brief email summarizing your sewing experience to hello@brooklyncraftcompany.com.



    Workshop Details

    Date & Time: Select date above (Date selected is the first of two parts)

    Location: Brooklyn Craft Company, 165 Greenpoint Avenue (here's where we're located)

    Cost: $185.00 includes 10 hours of instruction, bag pattern, and use of our BERNINA sewing machines. Does NOT include fabric or other supplies-- All required materials will be available for purchase at our shop a 10% discount. 

    All class registrations are final; please view our policy for more information.



    Diana Rodgers is a fiber artist and educator who grew up on Long Island and is now based in Bronx, NY.  Since receiving a BFA from The Fashion Institute of Technology, Diana has pursued three creative career paths: fashion designer, manufacturer, and sewing educator. Sewing is the common thread among all three.

    Most of her days are spent teaching people of all ages how to sew, but Diana finds time to work on soft sculptures, embroideries, and quilts.  Career highlights include teaching over 1000 people how to use a sewing machine, and selling her products to MoMA Design Store.

    Find her work on Instagram @wonderthreads and dianarodgers.com


    Special Thanks

    Thank you to BERNINA for furnishing Brooklyn Craft Company’s sewing machines. Visit BERNINA online at WeAllSew.com.

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