Classes - What to Bring (Requirements List) - Making Backpack

Requirements List - Making Backpack


  • Sewing Machine, Foot pedal and power cable (clean and in good working order)
  • The Instruction Book
  • Spare Machine Bobbins (must be the correct ones for your machine)
  • All the feet and accessories that came with the machine including the zipper foot and a walking foot if you have one
  • Universal Sewing Machine Needles Size 90 (if using heavyweight fabrics you may also need size 100 or microtex for waxed canvas).
  • Cutting out scissors or rotary cutter
  • Paper scissors
  • Small Pair of scissors with small pointed tip or Unpicker/Seam Ripper
  • Point Turner
  • Tape measure or quilting ruler (inches)
  • Fading Marker Pen or Tailors Chalk and/or a sharpened pencil
  • Sewing clips and pins
  • Pen, pencil and a ruler
  • Matching Thread
  • Wonder Tape

Fabric and Bag Hardware:

Requirements based on 44”-wide fabric.

  • 1 yard (1 m) Exterior Fabric
  • 1 yard (1 m) Lining Fabric
  • 1 yard (1 m) Fusible Woven Interfacing (Vilene G700)
  • 1 yard (1 m) Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing (Vilene H200)^
  • ½ yard (0.4 m) Foam Stabilizer (Headliner or Stylevil by Vilene)^
  • (2) 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide rectangle rings & (2) 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide strap sliders
  • (1) 22” (55 cm) zipper for top closure
  • (1) 8” (20 cm) zipper for interior zip pocket
  • 1 1/8 yards (1 m) of 1” (2.5 cm) wide webbing tape for top handles
  • 2 ½ (2.2 m) yards of 1 ½” (3.8 cm) wide webbing tape for straps
  • 3 ½ (3.2 m) yards straight-grain 1” (25 mm) wide bias binding

    Recommended Fabrics: canvas (7-9 oz. weight) or waxed canvas (10-12 oz. weight) for exterior fabric, quilting cotton for lining fabric

    ^ =omit if using waxed canvas


      All Machine Sewing Classes

      We do not provide sewing machines for classes as we believe that you will learn more from using your own machine. If your machine is too heavy to lift; let us know before the class and we can make exception by prior arrangement.

      We can help you to get your sewing machine from your car to the workshop space upstairs if you pull up outside the shop on the double yellow lines to drop it off. Then you can go and park in the car park behind.

      Lunch Breaks

      If your class goes over lunchtime you can either:

      • Bring your lunch with you
      • Pre-order your lunch from the lovely cafe opposite the shop (The Commute). They also now do takeway sandwiches and paninis.

      Our classes generally only break for a maximum 30 minutes so there isn't really time to go out and buy lunch during the day.

      We have tea and coffee available all day free of charge. In classes less than 3 hours we ask that you come early and make a drink before we start if you would like one.