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The Bag Makers Workshop

The Makers Retreat- Tulsa 2024

Regular price $745.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $745.00 USD

Please note: The price of this retreat DOES NOT include the mandatory purchase of the kit (Duchess Kit) . You will be invoiced separately for the kit, after registration is complete. Only one purchase per customer.

The Bag Makers Workshop presents: The Makers Retreat-Tulsa

Are you ready to embark on a journey of professional craftsmanship? Do you want to elevate your game to a whole new level? Prepare to indulge in an exclusive retreat tailored just for you, bag-making enthusiasts!

Be the first to experience, in person, the latest handbag creation by Maggy55! Unleash Your creativity at this 4-Day Bag Making Retreat!

Join us, Sept. 9-12, 2024, at The Hard Rock Casino, Tulsa, for an unforgettable experience as we create the newest masterpiece from the Maggy55 collection- The Duchess Shoulder Bag- designed to mesmerize and captivate every fashion connoisseur's heart.

Highlights of the Retreat

  1. New, un-released Maggy55 pattern: Read all about The Duchess Shoulder Bag below.
  2. Bonus project! – A matching coin purse and key leash!
  3. Expert Guidance: Learn from Sue Cheek of Maggy55, along with our seasoned artisans and bag-making experts who will guide you through every step of the process.
  4. Hands-On Experience: Dive deep into the art of bag making with an interactive workshop and live demonstrations tailored just for you. (See details in photos)
  5. Unobstructed viewing: All sessions will be projected to two 12-foot viewing screens so no rubbernecking to see what is going on!
  6. Exclusive, Custom Materials: Pre-cut, pre-skived, Italian leather Kits included! All materials needed, including lining, hardware, stabilizers, and even edge paint- all included! All tools and supplies needed will be on-site. (There will be a few items each participant will need to bring but nothing you can’t fit in your carry-on)
  7. Janome HD9 sewing machine: Your own machine for the entire retreat. No sharing! A Janome Rep on-site for the entire event, walking you through the set-up and use of the machine.
  8. Connect with Like-Minded Creatives: Share laughs, stories, and techniques with fellow bag enthusiasts from around the world. Forge lasting friendships as you bond over your love for handmade treasures and the art of bag making.
  9. Shopping! Trip to Tandy Leather!
  10. Poolside Meet & Greet! On Sunday 9/8/24 @ 4pm
  11. Free airport shuttle!
  12. Free on-site parking!
  13. Tons of fun!

Requirements: Skill level = intermediate

What's not included?

You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the retreat. The Tulsa International Airport is a 10-15 min drive to the retreat.

No meals or hotel accommodations are included. There are several restaurants and take out options on-site at The Hard Rock Casino. We have rooms blocked at a special retreat price of $139 per night. 

Hotel Accommodations: The Bag Makers Workshop is proud to partner with Hard Rock Casino for this retreat. 

Please note, Room rate is honored from 9/8/24- 9/12/24. 

8/21/2024 is the cut-off date to make reservations. On this date all rooms will be released from the room block so please make your reservation by this date. 

Below is the direct link & instructions to make hotel reservations online.

Direct Link:

  1. Click on your direct link (above)
  2. Select your date of arrival and departure – this should auto populate, but please double check and enter if not.
  3. Scroll down until you see the discount rate for our group. It may not be at the top of the page.
  4. Select Room with the group discount. (Book Now)
  5. Enter your information and payment.
  6. Click confirm reservation.

Guests may also call in to 1-800-760-6700 and Reference “The Makers Retreat-Tulsa 2024” to make reservations via telephone.

Cancellation Policy:

Due to limited seating at The Makers Retreat, we request all cancellations are made by April 30, 2024. All cancellations must be in writing to the following email address: This will allow us to offer your seat to a someone on our waitlist.

All cancellations will incur a non-refundable $150 processing fee.

No cancellations will be permitted AFTER April 30, 2024

If you must cancel, a refund minus the non- refundable $150 processing fee will be issued.

You are highly encouraged to confirm travel and hotel availability PRIOR to purchasing. Travel insurance is also recommended in case you need to cancel.

The Makers Retreat accepts no responsibility for any travel or other costs due to cancellations.

In the highly unlikely event that The Makers Retreat is cancelled, you will be contacted immediately with a rescheduled date. If rescheduling is not an option, a full refund will be issued.

Photography/Recording Release:

Throughout this event, team members of The Makers Retreat, as well as participants, may capture your image or voice in photographs and/or videography. By participating in The Makers Retreat, you agree that no compensation will be provided to you for these recording and acknowledge this fact and grant permission to The Bag Makers Workshop (AKA The Makers Retreat) and participants to utilize your image and voice for these recordings. These recordings may be utilized by The Bag Makers Workshop (AKA The Makers Retreat) for advertisement purposes. 

Any recording or live streaming of the retreat CLASSES, or DEMONSTRATIONS is strictly prohibited by all participants and will only be allowed by team members of The Makers Retreat

By purchasing a seat in this retreat, you agree that you have read this entire page and agree to the terms and conditions.

Don't miss this opportunity to refine your craft and connect with fellow enthusiasts in the bag-making community. Mark your calendars and secure your spot today!


About the Bag

Sue Cheek of Maggy55 is known for her attention to detail. Rest assured; she continues to deliver with The Duchess. Each detail has been meticulously considered, from the stitching patterns and stabilizers to the placement of the strap, ensuring both aesthetic appeal and construction convenience. Throughout the design process, Sue has created a seamless blend of innovation and tradition, while infusing a contemporary flair. Sue’s expertise and vision will guide our journey, leading to the creation of a handbag that embodies the essence of craftsmanship and artistry.
This leather shoulder bag embodies elegance with its sleek design and curvaceous lines, exuding both sophistication and practicality. Crafted from supple leather, it boasts a timeless appeal and promises durability for everyday use. The construction of The Duchess is as unique as its design, utilizing an "outside in" technique that requires no turning at all.
The Duchess offers ample space for your essentials without compromising on style. Its rounded edges soften the silhouette, adding a touch of femininity to its overall aesthetic. The bag strikes a perfect balance between compactness and functionality. The unique design provides sufficient room for your necessities without appearing bulky. Whether you're carrying your wallet, phone, keys, or other essentials, this bag ensures you stay organized without sacrificing style.
The shoulder strap offers versatility in wear, allowing you to carry it comfortably on your shoulder or sling it effortlessly across your forearm or hand.
Overall, the Duchess combines practical dimensions with graceful curves, making it a timeless accessory that effortlessly elevates any ensemble.

The Countess Coin Keeper is our bonus project. The oval shape, echoing the Duchess, is sleek and compact, yet has ample room for on-the-go items.
Paired with the key leash, it can also be secured inside the Duchess. Measuring at 6’ wide and 4.75” high, The Countess completes the ensemble with sophistication and class.

About Your Teacher

Hi everyone! My name is Sue Cheek, and I am the owner and designer of both Maggy55 patterns, and Maggy55 finished handbags.

I have been sewing leather handbags for over eight years, and have loved every aspect of it. I was a custom drapery designer for many years, and a lot of the design elements that I used in that industry, can be reflected in the details of my finished bags and patterns.