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Beginner Sewing: Making a Tote Bag

A complete instructional guide for creating a sewn, lined, tote bag.

612 Students




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What you will learn

  • Safely operate a sewing machine

  • Learn to customize a sewing pattern to make any size tote bag.

  • Sew a tote bag with pockets and lining

  • Understand and practice the fundamentals of sewing

What are the requirements for taking your course

  • Student will need a sewing machine, iron, fabric and a willingness to learn a new skill.

  • Student will need to collect some basic supplies before beginning the class.

Who is this course for

  • This course is meant for adults who have a desire to learn new sewing skills.

  • No prior sewing experience is necessary

  • This course is meant for the absolute beginner but people with prior sewing knowledge can take this course to learn how to construct a tote bag.

  • Some of the material covered in this class is the same as Beginner Sewing for Tweens and Teens but the project is more advanced.


Beginner Sewing: Making a Tote Bag is an introductory course to sewing meant to show you everything you need to know to safely operate a sewing machine.  I will show you everything from machine to set up to the construction of a lined tote bag complete with two pockets.

Some lectures in this course are the same as in Beginner Sewing for Tweens and Teens, but the project is brand new and directed toward an adult.

Learn Basic Sewing Practices And Challenge Yourself to Create Your First Sewn Item

·      Learn how to safely operate a sewing machine

·      Practice basic stitching skills like creating corners and curving lines

·      Recognize problems and learn how to fix them

·      Learn how to read a sewing pattern

·      Properly cut fabric in preparation of sewing

·      Use industry standard construction and finishing sewing techniques

A Lifelong Skill With Unlimited Possibilities

Learning basics sewing skills is not only a rewarding skill but it is also something that you can develop over your lifetime.  Start with something small and eventually work up to creating your own clothing. 

If you have ever considered going into the fashion field this is a great place to start.  Unlike most home sewing courses I focus on industry standards and teach you how the professionals sew.

Course Overview

I designed this course for the absolute beginner. If your machine has never been out of the box, no worries, I will show you how to set it up, teach you about the parts of the machine and how to safely operate it to effectively sew together your very first project.

You’ll learn all of these things in 22 lectures with over 3 hours of video content.  Each lecture is broken down into easy to understand topics as to no overwhelm a beginner and created in real time so you can follow along or pause the lecture and pick it back up at any time.

By the time you finish this course you will be a confident seamstress well on your way to enjoying a skill that you can grow and develop over your lifetime.  The machine will no longer be a scary machine but a place you visit for a creative outlet and a tool to help you construct some really cool stuff. 


1: Introduction


2: Supply List

3: Selecting Fabric, Lining, Interfacing and Webbing


4: Sewing Machine and Iron Safety

Sewing Machine Basics

5: The Parts of the Sewing Machine

6: Winding the Bobbin

7: Threading the Sewing Machine

Stitching Basics

8: Controlling the Machine and Stitching Practice

9: More Stitching Practice

10: Troubleshooting and Tips

Preparing the Fabric for Sewing

11: Piecing the Pattern Pieces Together and Understanding the Symbols

Adjusting the Pattern

Cutting the Fabric, Lining and Interfacing

Marking the Fabric


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