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The Bag Makers Workshop

The Tessa Bag workshop #2 with Isabela Felix

Regular price $135.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $135.00 USD

June 14-15, 21-22,  2024

9am- 3:30pm PST

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Skill level= HIGH Intermediate- What is your skill level?

Machine Requirement= Flatbed or semi industrial such as  Janome HD9 but industrial is preferred. 

All supplies required are mentioned in the supplies list (see below). 👇👇👇👇

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Workshop participants qualify for a 15% discount - coupon code TESSA

About the project: 

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).
  • Schedule

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  • Supplies List

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About Your 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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