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bag series: oxbow tote

We can't help but love just about every bag pattern Noodlehead releases, and the Oxbow Tote is no exception!!!  Join our talented instructor Julie this June to make your own Oxbow.  With vacation season just around the corner, this bag will be perfect for traveling.

The Oxbow Tote by Noodlehead is a versatile zippered top tote bag offered in two sizes to sew. Both sizes feature an easy-access front pocket, reinforced base, crossbody strap (we love this part!), and a roomy interior with a slip pocket for safekeeping your items.  The regular size is a perfect work bag, roomy enough to store your laptop and notebooks without being too bulky. The overnight size is just that - perfect for an overnight (or weekend) trip. 
The finished dimensions of the regular size bag are 15" wide, 5" deep, and 12" tall, while the overnight bag measures 18" wide, 7" deep, and 14" tall.

During class, students will learn LOTS of bagmaking skills - like sewing in a zipper, making a reinforced base, and how to work with hardware and webbing.  Some bonuses in this class include learning how to use a pocket pattern to make a luggage sleeve on the back and how to make zipper tabs and zipper pulls with leather straps. This class is suitable for intermediate students who have prior bag making experience. Students must be able to confidently thread and operate a sewing machine independently.

Required Materials:
- (1) Pattern: Oxbow Tote by Noodlehead
- (1) spool of polyester thread - additional spool needed if you are quilting
- exterior fabric (42" wide fabric): regular size: 1/2 yd; overnight size: 1 yd

- lining fabric (and interior pocket | 42" wide fabric): regular size: 7/8 yd; overnight size: 1-1/2 yd
- accent fabric (front pocket + base | 42" wide fabric): regular size: 1/3 yd or (1) fat quarter; overnight size: 3/8 yd
Pellon SF101 fusible interfacing: regular size: 2 yds; overnight size: 2-1/4 yds
Pellon 987F fusible fleece: regular size: 1/2 yd; overnight size: 1/2 yd - double the amount of fusible fleece if you want a more substantial bag
- Peltex 71F: 1/4 yd
- (1) zipper: regular size: 18" zipper; overnight size: 24" zipper
cotton webbing for straps: regular size: 3-3/4 yds; overnight size: 4 yds - add 1/4 yd if you're not making strap holders out of fabric
- (2) 1" D-Rings
- (1) 1-1/2" wide strap slider
- (2) 1-1/2" wide swivel snaps
- optional front pocket closure: (1) 18mm magnetic snap

Recommended Fabric:
You can use a variety of fabrics for this bag - depending on the type you choose, you can achieve different looks.  You may use quilting cotton, layered with 2 layers of fusible fleece and quilted for the exterior.  Alternatively, use a canvas or similar weight fabric and foam stabilizer.    Our regular size shop sample is made with canvas (exterior) + quilting cotton (interior), while our overnight size shop sample is made with 100% cotton Baja Blanket fabric (exterior) and canvas (interior).

Required Tools:
rotary cutter
fabric scissors
pinking shears
acrylic ruler
pins or clips
chalk or frixion marker
- size 14 or 16 denim needle or Microtex needle
glue pen

Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend the class, a refund will only be provided if you notify us 72 hours in advance in writing by email and there is a waitlist for the class, and we are able to fill your spot.  Otherwise, a credit for a future class will be issued.

No refunds or credits will be provided if you notify us less than 72 hours in advance. By registering for the class, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Intermediate to Advanced
Materials Included: No
Requirements: Students must have prior bag making experience and be able to confidently thread and operate a sewing machine independently.
Instructor: Julie Horne

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Tel: 908.232.0600
  • Email:
  • 361 South Avenue E.,
  • Westfield, NJ 07090