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Sat, 18 Sept


Online Interactive Workshop

Saturday 18 September 2021: Online Workshop (Cumbria Tote Bag)

Svetlana Sotak hosts a three-hour Online Interactive Workshop teaching her stunning NEW pattern, the Cumbria Tote Bag!…

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Saturday 18 September 2021: Online Workshop (Cumbria Tote Bag)
Saturday 18 September 2021: Online Workshop (Cumbria Tote Bag)

Time & Location

18 Sept 2021, 16:00 – 19:00 BST

Online Interactive Workshop

About the Event

Svetlana Sotak - Saturday 18 September 2021 - 4.00pm to 7.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Cumbria Tote Bag!

We're beyond excited to be hosting the first of two bag-making classes over one September weekend, namely this Cumbria Tote Bag workshop with the wonderfully engaging & hugely talented Svetlana Sotak! This class will see participants make Svetlana's NEW pattern; indeed this will be the very first outing for this wonderful design and, based on past experience, we fully expect to be over-subscribed so please be sure to book your place in plenty of time to avoid disappointment!...

Introduction by Svetlana:-

If you’d like to learn how to sew my fabulous Cumbria Tote Bag, featuring a super-handy zipper pocket divider, then this class is most definitely for you! The finished bag is 10’’wide on the bottom x 9’’ tall x 4’’ deep which is just the right size to be used as an everyday handbag, but would also make a wonderful project bag. I very much hope you'll be excited by my latest project and look forward to welcoming you onto the workshop!...

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to construct a unique zipper pocket divider
  • How to shorten a nylon zipper and add fabric tabs for a professional finish
  • How to make your own sturdy and durable fabric handles
  • Lots of tips and tricks on how to ensure your topstitching is as neat looking as possible
  • What materials work best in bagmaking

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Advanced Beginner and higher!

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Svetlana's Suggested Fabrics are as follows:-

FABRIC A, B - Canvas, Essex linen, cotton/linen blend fabric, denim, medium weight home décor fabric

FABRIC C, D, E - Quilting cotton

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

(Fabric requirements are based on 42'' wide fabric)

FQ (Fat-Quarter) of Fabric measuring 18'' tall x 21'' wide

  • FABRIC A (Main Exterior Panel A) – 1 FQ
  • FABRIC B (Main Exterior Panel B + handles) – 1 FQ
  • FABRIC C (Lining) – 1/2 yard
  • FABRIC D (Pocket Divider – Exterior) – 1 FQ
  • FABRIC E (Pocket Divider – Lining) – 1 FQ
  • INTERFACING (Pellon SF101 or Vlieseline G700) – 2 yards
  • #3 NYLON ZIPPER – 10'' or longer
  • HEAVY DUTY SNAP – one (1)


Svetlana used different prints for the main lining, exterior of the pocket divider, as well as its lining, to make it easy for you to see which panels she was working with. You can, however, opt to use the same fabric for the lining as well as the pocket divider for a seamless look. Just remember to adjust the fabric requirements, if you do so!

Equipment/Supplies required for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Cutting Mat, Ruler, and Rotary-Cutter
  • Wonder Clips and/or Pins
  • Disappearing Fabric Marker or fine Chalk Pen
  • Utility Scissors and Fabric Shears
  • Zipper Foot for your sewing-machine
  • 90/14 or 100/16 needle for your sewing machine

Pattern Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Each participant to the class will receive Svetlana's FREE PDF pattern (including lots of color photos and step by step instructions!) on how to make this Cumbria Tote Bag in TWO sizes:-

Finished size (Width on Bottom x Height x Depth):-

Cumbria Tote: SMALL - 10'' x 9'' x 4''

Cumbria Tote: LARGE - 13'' x 11 ½'' x 5''

​Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! If applicable, any free pattern, or other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date. The ticket price of £30.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on British Summer Time (BST). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

In light of the ongoing situation regards potential delays with supply of certain materials/fabrics/equipment from around the world due to the lasting impact of Covid-19, please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A link to a recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

Are you not able to attend this class due to living in a different time-zone?

Are you otherwise engaged on the date of this workshop? Well, we have excellent news!

This class will be available to view via Pay-On-Demand via our Online Shop for 30 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).


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