Stitch and Burn: Bag Workshop

Guiding a 9 year old to sew is completely soul satisfying for me.7 sew smile

The happy accomplishment, with a practical product at the end is enchanting. This was a 4 hour workshop. The idea was to keep him engaged (fun), have a finished workable product, use our heads to engineer the idea, and never spend a second fussing about perfection.

5 cuttingAnthony chose the sturdy upholstery leaf pattern I had in brown and blue. I showed him some short cuts, like deciding the width of the strap, then making a small cut, and continuously folding it over as a guide to a straight cut- avoiding measuring, drawing lines, etc.


He cut and pinned the body of the bag, then sewed it himself. photo (10)We did not use a pattern. We simply decided what size we wanted and how it would close and what length of strap it should have. He had never used a machine before, so I had him dive right in, starting with the strap. He chose to have a rough edge rather than clean, and to see the stitch, so we went with a zig zag in black thread. At one point, the stitch went off the edge, so learning how to use the seam ripper and move forward became part of the lesson.

8 bag edge

I showed him how to burn the frayed edges of the strap to give it an extra seal and add to its rough look. We were safe with a large bowl of water to throw it in if need be. We opened the windows too, because this can get stinky.16 burn

Stitched and Burned Strap detail
Stitched and Burned Strap detail

I did help him by inserting the zipper. His smile was a testament to the job completed well. If you are interested in a bag workshop for a youngster (age 8 to 12), or a more involved version for age 13+, then contact me. XOXO Yabette

bag collage

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