Sew a Feed Sack Bag
Intermediate | 51 min 18 sec
Feedsack Bag
Sew Bag
Elke Bergeron shows you how to design and sew a versatile vintage-style tote, which can be worn off the shoulder or as a cross body bag. You will learn how to work with feedsack fabric, add a touch of canvas ticking for reinforcement, sew together a linen lining, and create leather straps. Add brass rivets and clips, and you will have your very own sturdy, handmade bag.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Sewing Materials
  • Feedsack bag fabric, approximately 16” x 40” (prewashed)
  • Lining fabric (Elke uses canvas ticking), 16” x 40”
  • Contrasting fabric for base, approximately 16” x 12”
  • Pins
  • 6" length of 1”-wide webbing
  • Two 1” brass d-rings
  • Scissors
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Tape measure 
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Coordinating thread
  • Leather-Working Materials
  • 8-9oz strap leather, sometimes called leather belting, at least 38” long by 3” wide
  • Polyboard
  • Strap cutter
  • Ruler
  • Edge bevel size 3 or 4
  • Edge burnisher
  • Awl
  • 1/8” leather punch by Tandy (can be found in the Mini Punch Set)
  • Rivet setter
  • Rivet hand-press (optional)
  • 12 medium or large rivets
  • Two 1 1/2" brass clips
  • Polyhammer
  • Rotary cutter
  • Measuring tape
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Scrap leather for washers
  • Scissors
Learn how to:
  • Work with antique feedsack fabric
  • Add ticking reinforcement
  • Sew a lining
  • Add hardware to your bag
  • Cut and finish leather straps
  • Punch holes in leather
  • Create leather washers for rivets
  • Use rivets to secure straps to bag
What you'll get:
  • Detailed instruction on designing and sewing a vintage-style tote
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from designer Elke Bergeon
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
367 users recommended this class to a friend
Betty LaBreck
I would highly recommend this class to call. I love it.
More than 3 months ago
Stephanie Villahermosa
Love this class and the finished bag. It's fantastic! I only wish there was an option for finishing with a fabric strap and handles for people who don't want to invest in expensive leather working supplies and materials. Thank you!
More than 3 months ago
Betty Fisher
I will definitely give this a go at myself.
More than 3 months ago