Make a Rucksack or Cross-body Bag

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Make a Rucksack or Cross-body Bag

Begins: Tuesday 16 October 2018

Ends: Tuesday 23 October 2018

Session: 2


Time: 6.30pm - 10.00pm

Level: Improvers

Maximum Class Size: 6

This two-part evening bag making workshop will teach you how to make The RTR Rucksack designed by independent pattern makers Merchant & Mills. You will have the option to make either a cross-body messenger bag or backpack, both versions are included in the pattern so once you have learned how to make one in class you can have a go at making the other version at home. Either style would make a great bag to take to work, on walks or even for the kids to take to school!

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 garments etc.) and as a minimum should have completed our Introduction to Machine Sewing 6 week course or equivalent.

This is a project that is perfect for those who want to improve their machine sewing skills, get to grips with using heavier weight fabric and learn how to attach hardware with our expert teacher to guide you.

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 British Cotton Oilcloth. Your could make yours in a wide range of materiels, Oilcloth is ideal for durability and outdoors use, or a bright colourful printed canvas for a school bag. You could also choose a smart wool to make it perfect for going out! This bag is fully lined and features three internal pockets, buckle closure and hardware details for a very professional finish.

Preparation: We will send the RTR Pattern to you a week before the workshop starts so that you can cut the paper pattern pieces. This will mean you have more time to sew in class!

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • How to read commercial patterns

  • Paper pattern lay plans and transferring markings

  • Making patch pockets

  • How to attach fastenings and hard ware

  • Tips and techniques on sewing and making up

  • Inserting a lining

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

    Fabric Required:

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

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