Canvas & Leather Tote Bag - Easy to Follow Illustrated Modern Sewing Pattern, "The Oberlin"

The Oberlin combines rugged function with sleek style. Simple construction and minimal tools make this the perfect bag for a beginner stitcher. Designed by a bag maker & teacher with over 20 years experience making sewing accessible for stitchers of all levels. You’ll be sewing like a boss in no time! Pattern includes 40 pages of illustrated instructions with links to online tutorials & optional online companion class.

Bag Features

  • Choose fabric straps (V. 1) or leather straps (V. 2)

  • Interior zipper pocket

  • 4 external pockets

  • reinforced base

  • magnetic snap closure

Can be made on a home sewing machine with fabric of your choosing.

  • Requires 1 & 1/3 yard of medium-heavy weight fabric.
  • Dimensions: 11.5"W x 13.5"H x 5"D


*Illustrated Bag Sewing Pattern

*US Imperial Measurement

*Suitable for Beginners

*Links to Online Tutorials

*Easy-to-Follow Instructions

*Full-Size Sewing Pattern PDF

Materials you need at home:

*1 YARD FABRIC: For main body, interior pocket, base layer & straps. Medium-heavy weight textile such as canvas, waxed canvas, or denim.

*1/3 YARD FABRIC: For exterior pockets & interior pocket trim. Medium weight fabric, such as waxed canvas, Japanese cotton, linen, denim, etc.

*VERSION 1 (FABRIC STRAPS) NOTIONS: 8" metal zipper, 6" x 6" scrap of light-weight leather, magnetic snap.

*VERSION 2 (LEATHER STRAPS) NOTIONS: Medium-weight leather strapping (28" x 3/4"), 8 metal rivets, 8" metal zipper, magnetic snap.

*Denim Needles

*All-purpose thread


*Optional leather needles

*Optional Edge-stitch presser foot

*Optional leather drive punch

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Ellie Lum

Hi! I'm Ellie. I’m a bag maker & a teacher. I started Klum House because I love curating fun, educational, and empowering experiences that encourage people to be adventurous with their creativity. I've been a professional bag maker for 20 years through RE Load Bags, a custom messenger bag brand I co­founded in 1998. Over the years I fell in love with teaching sewing through training folks to make bags for RE Load. I now carry that love for teaching forward through Klum House, a collaborative sewing studio & creative education space in Portland, Or.

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