Make a Rucksack or Cross-Body Bag

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Make a Rucksack or Cross-Body Bag

Sunday 24 June 2018

Session: 1


Time: 10.00am-5.00pm

Level: Improvers

Maximum Class Size: 6

During this full day class you will learn how to make The RTR Rucksack designed by independent pattern makers Merchant & Mills. You can choose from two style options which are a messenger bag or backpack.

This is a project that is perfect for those who want to better their knowledge in machine sewing skills.

The bag itself has been designed to be highly durable and can be made in a range of sturdy fabrics (we’ve made ours in wool and canvas.) Make it in Oilcloth for the durability and outdoors use, or colourful printed canvas for when the kids go back to school. You could also choose a smart wool to make it perfect for going out! The bag is fully lined and features three internal pockets, buckle closure and hardware details for a very professional finish.

Level: Students for this class should be competent, confident machine sewers who have already used their skills for basic projects (bunting, cushion covers, tote bags, simple clothing etc.) and as a minimum should have completed our Next Step session or equivalent.

Preparation: We will cut the paper pattern for you before the workshop starts so that you will have more time to sew in class! If you would prefer to cut the pattern yourself then please feel free to pick it up from our shop.

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • How to use commercial patterns

  • Paper pattern lay plans and transferring markings

  • How to attach fastenings and hard ware

  • Tips and techniques on sewing and making up

  • Inserting a lining

  • What's Included: All tools, hardware and the pattern are provided plus lunch is included but you will need to bring your own fabric.

    Materials Required:

    Fabric 45”/115cm Wide
    Main: 1.35m / Lining: 1m

    Fabric 60”/140cm Wide
    Main: 1.1m / Lining: 1m

    13mm Leather Strap 2-2.4mm thick: 1.1m

    19mm Leather Strap 2-2.4mm thick: 1m

    Cord to Drawstring: 1m

    Fabric Recommendations: Choose from medium to heavy weight fabrics, such as canvas, cotton twill, denim, heavy ticking, wool, dunweave, oilcloth and this bag will last you a lifetime.

    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.



    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.