Make a Lined Weekend Holdall

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Make a Lined Weekend Holdall

Begins: Sunday 21 May 2017

Ends: Sunday 28 May 2017

Session: 2


Time: 6.00pm - 9.30pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

During these two afternoon sessions, you will learn how to make this stylish holdall bag ideal for the gym, a weekend away, the kids stuff or showing off at the beach! It is fully lined with inside pockets, reinforced strap handles and a piped edge. Choose from medium to heavy weight fabrics, such as canvas, denim, dunweave or needle cord and it will last you a lifetime.

Level: Students for this class should be competent machine sewers who have already made a basic project (bunting, envelope cushion, tote bag, hemming etc.) and as a minimum should have completed our Introduction to Machine Sewing or equivalent.

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Lap plans and transferring markings

  • How to make piping

  • How to make a patch pocket

  • Insert a channel zip

  • Insert a lining

  • General sewing and making up skills

  • All tools are provided but you will need to bring the following:

    1 m of main fabric (we advise a heavier weight fabric - click the links above)  
    1 m of lining fabric (any standard cotton will be fine)
    3 m of cotton strap webbing
    3.5 m of bias binding
    3.5 of size 2 piping cord
    x1 51cm zip.

    Booking a class entitles you to 10% off all fabric and materials in the Ray Stitch store, where our staff will be happy to help with your choice.


    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion before going straight into the fashion industry and working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from designers to high street suppliers and, after having children, she also successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently she has been teaching in primary and secondary schools and is pleased to be combining her experience in schools with her years of experience in fashion to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and making their own clothes.

    Luisa Tobitt began to develop her interest in stitch and textiles whilst studying for a BA in Sculpture at Brighton University. Much of her work involved taking garments apart, reworking them and stitching onto them. On completion of her degree, Luisa returned to London and studied a Diploma in Theatrical Costume at Kensington & Chelsea College. She spent the next two years studying design, pattern cutting, construction and decoration for 18th Century dress and the Victorian era. Gaining a Diploma in Handcraft Tailoring at London College of Fashion closely followed this and three years later Luisa also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Pattern Cutting & Garment Technology, also at London College of Fashion. With a strong love for vintage fashion, Luisa enjoys using vintage patterns, reworking vintage garments and studying traditional sewing techniques.

    Penny Follows has sewn since an early age, indeed she does not remember a time when she didn’t sew! She was fortunate enough to have a mother who was a skilled needlewoman and who created all sorts of stylish clothes for herself and Penny. Penny was encouraged to sew for herself by her mother and two grandmothers, one of whom was a tailoress. Penny worked with Janome as a sewing consultant at John Lewis and taught machine sewing at their flagship store in Oxford Street for a number of years. Penny joined our team of teachers at Ray Stitch in 2016 and leads a variety of workshops, sharing her passion and enthusiasm for sewing and making clothes. She combines teaching with running her own business called The Village Seamstress taking most pleasure in creating bespoke garments for clients.