Making Bags Book Club Month 4: Beginner Tote

Whether your customers are just starting their sewing journey, or are seasoned bag makers, our Making Bags Book Club is a great way to build their confidence in bag making. During this six-part club series, they'll learn the foundational knowledge of bag making, explore new materials, techniques, and make 5 skill-building projects. This medium-size tote has lots of room for storage thanks to the depth of the boxed corners. The addition of pockets makes this bag very functional for students, professionals, light travel, or everyday use. The Beginner Tote has been designed with similar steps as the Quilted Pouches so your customers become more comfortable with the process. With this project, build skills in fabric preparation, creating a front zipper pocket, attaching handles, easily installing a zipper, assembling the bag, and adding optional embellishments.
Month 4 Includes the Following:
23” x 42"" Main Fabric *
9” x 25"" Contrast Fabric *
27” x 42"" Lining
30” x 28""Sew-In Foam (28”)
36” x 19"" Fusible Woven Interfacing
32” #5 Zipper *
Hardware: Gold
(3) Zipper Pull (Half Cylinder STS264)
(4) Small Rivets (STS129)
(1) Handmade Label (Script STS213)
* Fabric and hardware finish may vary from bag images.
This kit does not include the instructions to make the bag. All instructions are found in the Making Bags: A Field Guide Book, which was included in Month 1 of Club.
Retailer Planning & Guidelines:
Retailers can launch this program any time of the year.
Register participants in-store for classes either monthly or a one-time payment.
Each participant is required to purchase a kit to participate in this program. Keep your participants informed of when the kits arrive, since we recommend participants cut out their pieces ahead of time to reserve class time for sewing only.
Add your instructor's fee if necessary. Contact to learn about Sallie Tomato’s Educator Program (launching April 2024) if you’re interested in hiring a certified instructor!