Here at The Inspired Sewist, we offer a variety of classes each month with specific sewing projects that you can make and take home with you (or share with a friend if you’re feeling generous). We offer classes on making anything from pillows to wristlets to embroidery, and we want to help you create an item that you enjoy making and are proud of.

For our featured June class, we will be making a large zippered tote bag, our first item from blogger Anna Graham’s Handmade Style: 23 Must-Have Basics to Stitch, Use, and Wear. Buy the book and stay tuned for future classes, where we will be making more of the items featured in her book! Anna Graham is known for her blog, noodle-head.com, where she showcases items she has made and offers photos, tutorials, and tips. She has taught several classes and has been featured in magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens and Stitch with Style. Her book is a compilation of several projects that complement each other and will be fun to create and enjoyable to use.

This sleek tote will be constructed with two fabrics, with the top and bottom in contrasting colors. We will sew in a large metal zipper that extends past the edge of the tote, allowing for easier access of items inside. The bag will also include leather handles sewn into the zipper line as well as a decorative leather tassel.

The front and back of the bag will each have a flat pocket, and foam interfacing will be sewn into the inside of the bag for added structure and support. When we are done, you will have a fun, practical, and stylish tote that you can use as an overnight bag or to carry sewing supplies in. You may even want to make another to give for a birthday or Christmas gift! Your friends will admire your fashionable tote bag and will be impressed to discover that it is handmade.

The zippered tote bag project class will be offered twice in June: Monday, June 19 and Monday, June 26, both from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost for the class is $85. Take the class once or come back for a second class and make a new tote with different fabric choices! You can never have too many tote bags.

The Inspired Sewist offers sewing supplies, classes, machines, and repair. We can help you learn new techniques or inspire you to get started, guiding you through any project you’d like to complete. We also offer assistance for any sewing machine purchases or repairs. Contact us for all your quilting and sewing needs.

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