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The Bag Makers Workshop

Umbrella Workshop 7 with Andrea Bakewell 09/ 8, 09/15 & 09/16

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Join us for this fun and unique accessory class. You will create your own umbrella for any occasion- match a bag, a hat, or a gift for family or friend. Once you learn the process, you can create an umbrella of any size with any number of panels!

- Not only will you learn how to deconstruct an umbrella to create one of your very own, you will learn how to create your own pattern template which is a process that can be used for creating many items in the future.

- You will learn about waterproofing your fabrics before and after a project.

- Sewing with french seams for not only a professional high end look, but also for strength.
- You will learn an easy method for creating a 1/8” hem.

You will be wanting it to rain so you can show off your beautiful creation and if you are not in an area that gets much rain, you can stroll around using it as a sun shade.

What you can expect from this workshop:

  • Learn how to deconstruct an existing umbrella to create your own pattern
  • How to sew a French seam for the most professional look.
  • Sew an 1/8" hem with ease.
  • Become familiar with using water-proofing
  • How to incorporate freezer paper in your sewing studio
  • Andrea's Tips and Tricks which are a bag makers dream!

What's included:

  • Complete, step-by-step instructions from Andrea Bakewell
  • Access to the private Facebook group where you can ask questions before, during and after the workshop
  • All live Zoom sessions
  • Instant access to unedited recordings . This is so helpful if you have to miss a portion of any workshop. So easy to play catch-up!
  • Life-time access to the edited workshop recordings on our private YouTube channel
  • Learn from our participants! We always include a Demo Darling with each workshop
  • Get exclusive preview of new or upcoming product during our Vendor Spotlight!
  • Plus tons of fun!

Workshop Requirements:

  • Skill level requirement:  Confident Beginner              What is your skill level?
  • Sewing machine required: Domestic 

Workshop Hours:

Informational Session on Thursday, Sept 7  from 4-6pm PDT

Workshop -

Day 1- Friday Sept 8, 3-6pm PDT

Day 2 & 3- Friday  and Saturday, Sept. 15-16, 9am-3:30pm PDT 


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About The Teacher

I have always considered myself to be a creative junkie and enjoy sharing things I have learned along the way with others.
Before retiring about 10 years ago, I was Chief Systems Officer for a very large court reporting firm & while I loved the people around me, I was burnt out & realized I was in the wrong "C" level position.
My true passion is to Create & Inspire, so when I retired it sparked that fire within me & I haven't looked back. I moved forward with my new "C's", my Creative Spirit and Creative Coach.
I spend my days sewing, creating & inspiring others. It brings my heart joy when I coach others & watch their Creative Spirits blossom. I believe that when we create, it is healing for the body, mind and soul and it's fun!
I love everything textile & have been teaching for years now. I have probably taught well over 200 classes, workshops & private lessons. Everything from bag making, quilting, garment making, dyeing & knitting. Can you tell yet I am a junkie?? LOL
When I am not in my studio, I enjoy spending time with my husband, fur baby Pebbles, friends & family.
I started my brand Bela Dawn in 2021. Bela is Portuguese for beautiful/lovely & Dawn reminds me that each day starts out with a beautiful dawn. A day to begin again & find beauty in the things & those around us. To brush off the ashes we want to leave behind. A day to choose love. A day to Sew, Create & Inspire.

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