Beginner Project - Make a tote bag
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Beginner Project - Make a Tote Bag
1 1/2 Hour Class
Make a grocery tote for lunches, shopping, or whatever and solidify the basics of seams, edge finishes, cutting and assumbly of a basic pattern.
Student Materials: Washed & pressed old sheet set, or 1 1/2 yard fabric washed & pressed, recommended fabric: sturdy cotton print, lightweight denim, NO KNITS!! Don't forget thread!
Bring a pencil & paper to take notes
We recommend you have taken most or all of the following classes, or have some experience with these skills for best results from this class:
Know Your Tools
How to Read & Use Patterns
Cutting out your Pattern from Fabric
However, if you feel comfortable trying this project as an overview of these skills, please come! We wil not cover each topic as in-depth as the specific classes, but you can get a feel for each skill by creating the tote bag from scratch.
We're working with scissors, pins, needles, hot irons and a machine...is there a chance of injuring myself?
YES!!!! If you are not paying attention or using care, it is possible to stab, cut, poke, burn or maim yourself with some of the items we use in class. HISS STUDIO IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED DURING CLASS. Please be mindful of the tools you are using, and use at your own risk! By purchasing tickets you acknowledge HISS STUDIO, z|art dept., the instructors and staff are NOT RESPONSIBLE for injuries sustained during class. Thanks!
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Just send an email using this form, click on contact the organizer in the upper right of this page!
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you can also flash your receipt on your smart-thingy when you arrive.
What is the refund policy?
Classes are non-refundable. If you need to miss a class due to a scheduling conflict, please contact the organizer in advance to reschedule. We will do our best to accomodate last minute emergencies, but please be respectful of the instructor's and fellow students and only reschedule when absolutely necessary. No-shows WITHOUT PRIOR CONTACT BEFORE CLASS for rescheduling will NOT BE RESCHEDULED and your ticket will not be repurposed.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, if you can't make a class or want to buy a class for a friend, that's ok. If you can let us know in advance, that'd be great, if not, make sure you or your friend can reference who bought the ticket so we know it wasn't stolen or hacked.
1136 Speer Blvd
We believe that Happiness is Simple Sewing (HISS), and we think you will too once you've experienced our classes. Sewing doesn't have to be difficult, mind bending or stressful…it can be meditative, creative and stress relieving. With the skills you'll gain from HISS, your sewing can become Zen and professional!
We specialize in sewing classes for the hobbyist
Seasoned sewer or newfound newbie, HISS studio has a class offering that can help you improve your sewing skills. From basic seams to complex pattern fitting, learn to tackle all of your sewing challenges with ease and excellent professional outcomes.
Classes are limited to an hour in duration and 3 students at a time to provide maximum opportunity for you to engage, learn, and retain the skills we'll address in each class.
After teaching many students one on one and in class settings, we have found that students learn best in small, short classes that allow the student to focus on one particular topic or skill. When many topics are covered over a 2 or 3 hour course, often only 30% of the content is retained. Additionally, we've found it a lot easier for students to find an hour of time for a class than lose an afternoon or entire evening with busy schedules.
Don't have a sewing machine, or don't want to lug yours around town? No sweat, we provide each student a basic machine to work with as part of our classes. Prefer to use your own machine? That's great too...bring it with you, we welcome all makes and models! Needles, thread and fabric scraps provided for basic classes, intermediate and advanced classes or project classes will have a supply list for you to purchase.
So, what makes HISS studio different from the rest? a few things…
1. Small, focused classes
2. No pressure to buy - we're not a store, we're here to teach you skills
3. 1 hour classes to fit your busy lifestyle, and optimize your retention of the skills covered
4. YOU are in control of your materials cost. We'll let you know what materials to bring to class, and how to get the best deal from many suppliers around town
5. While we do offer a few project classes, we are focused on teaching you core skills that apply to many different varieties of sewing projects: crafter, hobbyist, thrift seeker or fashion-forward. Our project classes are to help you solidify your new skills by creating a project which incorporates your newfound tricks.