Rucksack Making Workshop

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Rucksack Making Workshop

Sunday 17 March 2019

Session: 1


Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Level: Improvers

Maximum Class Size: 6

During this daytime class you will learn how to make this very practical and versitle rucksack designed by independent pattern makers Merchant & Mills. You can choose from two bag styles, either a cross-body messenger bag or backpack.

Level: Students for this class should be competent, confident machine sewers who have already used their skills to make basic projects, bunting, cushion covers, tote bags etc.) and as a minimum you should have completed our Introduction to Machine Sewing Part 1 session or equivalent.

This is a project that is perfect for those who want to advance their machine sewing skills and learn more about bag making and improve their confidence with more complicated projects.

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 black oilcloth making it water repellent and strong. You could make yours in heavy wool, cotton twill or colourful printed canvas, the choice is yours! The bag is fully lined and features three internal pockets, buckle closure and hardware details for a very professional finish.

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • How to use commercial patterns

  • Pattern lay plans and preparing the fabric

  • Transferring markings to the fabric

  • Tips and techniques on sewing and making up

  • How to insert a lining

  • How to attach fastenings and hard ware

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

    What's Included: All tools and equipment are provided during class and the hardware, brown leather strapping and the pattern are all included. We will also provide lunch and refreshemtns. All you will need to bring with you is the fabric.

    Materials 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.

    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.