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bag series: retreat bag by emmaline bags

This bag was such a success as a sewing kit we decided to make it a class!!

From Emmaline bags, this pattern is the next level up on a simple zipper pouch, offering a wide base and wide opening which stays open for easy access. Use as a sewing project bag, a knitting bag, a makeup bag, or toiletry bag, the possibilities are endless and we are certain that once you have made it once, you will want to make it again and again!

This pattern is available in two sizes. The approximate finished sizes are Small: Length 8 1/2" Height 5" Width 4", Large: Length 11" Height 6 1/2" Width 7 1/4".

This class is suitable for a beginner who is confident with using a sewing machine. 

Required Materials (Large size requirements in parenthesis):
- The Retreat Bag pattern downloadable for free when you submit your email address from Emmaline Bags available here (please note the pattern is currently free but may become chargeable at a later date by Emmaline bags)
- 1 FQ (1/2 yd) Exterior fabric (quilting cotton)
- 1/2 yd (3/4 yd) Lining fabric (quilting cotton)
- 1 yd 20" interfacing (we recommend Pellon 911F or SF101)
- 25" x 8" (1/2 yd) Pellon Fusible Fleece Thermolam plus
- (2) Internal wireframes Style A (Style B)
- (1) 16" (22") closed-end nylon zipper
- (1) spool coordinating thread

Required Tools
- Tape Measure

- Rotary Cutter and Acrylic Ruler OR Fabric scissors
- Pins and/or wonder clips (pins are recommended for garment projects
- seam ripper
- chalk or friction pen
- seam gauge

We have modified our classes to comply with the CDC guidelines and NJ Executive Order 152. Classes will be limited in student numbers, their stations will be at least 6 feet away from each other, and whilst they are able to maintain social distancing students are not required to wear a mask, however where social distancing cannot be maintained (e.g. moving around the classroom) masks will be required, so please ensure you bring one. The instructor will be wearing one. In addition, students are required to supply their own tools as identified in the tools list above. 

All materials are available in our shop at 15% discount to enrolled students.

Students should purchase and cut out their materials in advance of the class.

Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: Beginner who is confident with a sewing machine and has completed Sewing 101 or equivalent level of experience
Instructor: Meg Bulthaupt

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Tel: 908.232.0600
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  • 361 South Avenue E, Suite 4 (2nd fl)
  • Westfield, NJ 07090