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This is a big, beautiful and useful tote, with the striking feature of handles attached through large grommets on the bag. It is made of three fabrics: main exterior, exterior bottom, and lining. The pattern calls for quilting cottons, but we have several shop samples with kits in which we used decorative vinyl for the bottoms. The exterior is quilted to foam stabilizer (we like Soft and Stable), then the loose lining is added later. If using vinyl, that part is not quilted. Canvas is another fabric option for the exterior sides and/or bottom. The interior features two long slip pockets that you subdivide to your own chosen dimensions. Instruction will be provided in class for optional features of adding an interior zipper pocket, a magnetic top closure, an adjustable interior strap to hold a water bottle, and/or a key ring hook.


Previous bagmaking experience is helpful, but not required. This is a good project on which to practice working with foam stabilizer, woven interfacing and Pel-tex stabilizer, covering webbing straps with fabric, managing a bulky project as you sew it, and “birthing” a big bag. Not to mention living through that intense moment when you cut holes in your almost finished bag to install the grommets!

If you wish to use a more complex quilting design on your bag, you may want to cut and assemble the exterior fabric with your foam stabilizer and do the quilting before class as that step, depending on quilting design, can take some time and you may not finish in the allotted class time. If you prefer to start the bag in the class, we recommend using a very simple quilting design. If you are using vinyl on the bottom, it is much quicker and easier to quilt a pattern that is parallel to the vinyl edges such as channel stitching or meandering lines.


Bring a sack lunch and/or snacks, if you wish.


Instructor: Cyndy White


Supplies to bring to class

-Bodobo Big Bag pattern and all required materials. We offer several kits that include everything you need except the stabilizers; these kits have decorative vinyl for the bag bottoms. No special tools are required to install the grommets. If you plan to add any of the optional features, bring leftover fabric and SF101 if you have already cut out your bag. Pel-tex is listed in pattern as optional, but this is strongly recommended. You will need a 6 1/2” x 23” piece.

-Optional: for a zippered interior pocket, 8”or 9” zipper, #3 or #5 (bring a zipper foot if using a #3). A longer zipper may be cut down. You will likely have enough additional fabric and SF101 for the pocket.

-Optional: sew-in (hidden) magnetic closure, small scraps of fabric.

-Optional: for water bottle strap, 4” each of sew-in Velcro hook and loop, ½”-1” wide, fabric and SF101 scraps.

-Optional: for key hook, ½” or ¾” swivel hook, fabric scraps.

-Thread to match bag fabrics. Polyester or poly-covered cotton is recommended.

-Sewing machine and attachments

-Usual presser foot

-Walking foot for your machine, with guide if it has one

-Edge stitch foot, if you have one

-Rotary cutter and ruler(s)

-Size 90/14 Topstitching needles (Not universal or ball point tip. The topstitching needle is sharp

 and sturdy to better go through the multiple layers of the bag).

-Basic sewing tools including bobbins, thread snips, seam ripper, straight pins, small ruler or seam gauge,

hand stitching needle

-Wonder Clips

-Bodkin or other turning tool

-1/8” double-sided basting tape

-Fabric shears and small detail scissors

-Sturdy scissors for trimming thick seams and zippers (opt.)

-Chalk marker or removeable fabric marker of your choice

-Notetaking materials

Instructor Name:
Cyndy White


$ 45.00

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  • Lyons, Co 80540
  • 303-823-6067
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