VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Sew a Buckthorn Backpack
Join us to make a stylish Buckthorn Backpack!
You’ll love this zippered top backpack for everyday use. 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!
In this three-part 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
This is a three-part workshop being held on the following dates:
Thursday 4/29 at 6:30pm-7:30pm - The instructor will demo how to properly how to cut the pattern/fabric and prepare to sew. Students are to complete these steps at their own pace between the first and second session.
Saturday 5/1 at 4pm-6:30pm - Students will sew along with the instructor during this session. There may be sewing homework to complete before the next session.
Sunday 5/2 at 4pm-6:30pm - Students will sew along with the instructor during this session. Some steps may be finished after class at your own pace-- you will receive a recording of the workshop to reference as needed.
Suitable for confident beginners. Please note this is not a learn-to-sew class. Students must have basic machine sewing knowledge and be comfortable using a sewing machine.
Materials + Tools Required
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- Buckthorn Backpack pattern - purchase here!
- 3/4 yard 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.**
- 1 yard lining fabric - Non-waxed canvas, denim, or other heavy fabric. If you'd prefer to use a lighter fabric like a quilting cotton or linen, you will also need an additional 1 yard of heavy fusible interfacing)
- 1 spool of all-purpose sewing thread
- Wonderclips or binder clips
- Two 1.5" triangle rings
- Two 1.5" swivel hooks
- Two 1.5" strap sliders
- 4 yards 1.5" cotton webbing
- 1/2 yard heavy fusible interfacing
- Cutting mat/ gridded ruler/ rotary cutter (Fabric pieces will be cut from pattern pieces as we all rectangular measurements; using a rotary cutter is strongly recommended for quick cutting but sharp fabric scissors can also be used if necessary-- requires measuring and drawing rectangles onto fabric)
- Sewing machine
- Iron + ironing board or mat
Date & Time: Three evenings-- see dates above! Please note: the date you select a the top of the page is the first of three parts for this workshop.
Location: Anywhere! This workshop will be hosted virtually via Zoom! Details will be emailed after you register
Max # of students: 8
All class registrations are final; please view our policy for more information.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Diana Rodgers is a teaching artist living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since earning a BFA in apparel design from FIT, she has enjoyed a varied creative career including fashion designer, entrepreneur, and teacher. The ‘common thread’ among all these endeavors is sewing. Diana currently teaches weekly sewing classes to children and adults, covering everything from clothing to accessories to quilts. When not teaching, she creates sewn illustrations (or appliqué), inspired by all the things that make her feel nostalgic. You can check 'em out on Instagram @wonderthreads