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The Bag Makers Workshop

Tessa Bag Workshop - 03/15- 03/17 - FACEBOOK ACCESS ONLY

Workshop Requirements and Descriptions: 

Refer to the original workshop page for all descriptions and requirements .

Please read ALL details below before purchasing.

  • Skill level requirement: Intermediate-                      What is you skill level?
  • Sewing machine requirement: Flatbed Industrial or semi-industrial such as Janome HD9 and a narrow foot.
  • All supplies required as mentioned in the supplies list ( See below)

 With your purchase, you will receive everything that is included in the workshop- the pattern pieces, the prep videos and access to the Facebook private group. This is where you will find everyone else that will be in the workshop. You can post questions, comments, share your work and even meet the instructors. There will be instructional videos to help you prepare for the workshop posted in this private group.  And if you wish to watch or sew along with the live Zoom group, you can. In real time! It’s just like being there. The only thing that is different is you will not be able to interact with the live group. You will be able to ask questions during the live feed, but those questions may or may not be answered right away. And any questions you might have after the workshop is over, is always welcomed in the private Facebook group and will be answered as soon as possible.

You will have INDEFINITE access to the recordings on our private YouTube channel. The videos are labeled, and time stamped for your convenience. And you can even save them to your own playlist so you can find them easily, over and over again.

Who is a good fit for this option?

- Anyone that just wants the video for all the great information, tips and tricks offered along the way.

- Anyone who doesn’t really want or need the social aspect of a live workshop.

- Anyone who has enough bag making experience that can watch and learn easily.

- Anyone that just wants to access the information on the videos on their time, whenever it fits in their schedule.

Who is NOT a good fit for this option?

- Anyone that would feel left out because they cannot interact. 

- Anyone that would be really frustrated if their questions are not answered right away.



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About the Bag

The Tessa Bag has a fully-structured boxy silhouette, with a flap that folds over the entire front of the bag.

The epitome of a classy, yet youthful design, it boasts the perfect combination of masculine lines, and soft feminine details.

The flap features a gorgeous rectangular frame of raised detail bringing a touch of femininity to its bold shape. The frame showcases a center panel that is decorated with diamond-style quilting. The center panel can be made in the same material as the rest of the bag, or in a different material for added interest.

It closes with either a lock closure or magnets inside the flap. The bottom and sides are rigid and thus sewn right side out, with turned edges.

The inside is fully-lined and features a split slip pocket. The strap also has a beautiful raised detail and connects to the bag with a chain strap and arch bridge strap connectors. The Tessa can be worn as a shoulder bag, or as a crossbody bag.

The finished measurements are 10" (w) x 6 1/2" (h) x 3 1/2" (d).

About The Teacher

I am the Founder and Pattern Designer behind The Bag Making Academy, an online shop and community for bag makers, where you find unique bag making materials, education, and resources.
I have been sewing since I was a child, but it wasn't until 2010 when I fell in love with the world of handbags and accessories. Back then there weren't too many courses and patterns for bags available, so I started designing my own patterns and learned a great deal through trial and error.
Since then I have attended design school and taken various courses in purse/accessory making, at colleges as well as from various Bag Making Experts and Artisans, in the US and around the world. I also owned a Sewing School and taught many bag making workshops (both in person and online).
Sadly, because of the pandemic I had to close my sewing school at the end of 2021. What could have been a very sad moment turned out to be my biggest catalyst; in the beginning of 2022, I released my first PDF pattern collection, the Fiori Collection, combining my passion for teaching and my extensive training in pattern drafting.
My patterns are designed to provide detailed, step-by-step information as well as tons of customization possibilities. I truly believe that anyone can achieve professional looking results, when given the proper training and the right materials.
Apart from designing patterns and selling bag making materials, I am a mom to 2 beautiful girls, who inspire and challenge me daily. Everything I do is for them, and because of them. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram, where I share about my day, and give you sneak peeks of what goes on behind the "seams."

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