Learn to sew online evening workshop - Reversible Tote Bag

Beginners tote bags


Workshop held on Zoom, for a maximum of 5 people.

This workshop is suitable for beginners who would like to progress to making a simple project, or anyone who hasn't sewn for a while and would like a refresher.

Please note that you need to be able to wind your bobbin and thread your machine. (please contact me if you are unable to do this, as I also offer 1-2-1 lessons for complete beginners)

During the workshop we will be making handles, a pocket and a square base for your bag. Your bag will also be reversible so you get two bags in one, with no visible raw edges.

You will be guided through the process of making your bag, as we sew along together. You can interact with the tutor and other participants.

Fabric will be provided, cut to size.

Fabric is 100% heavy weight cotton, which makes for a very strong bag.

Detailed written instructions (with photos) will be emailed to you upon completion of the workshop, so you will have something to refer back to.

Most people who have attended have gone on to make lots more bags for themselves and as gifts, I think you will be addicted!!

Its such fun to make your own bags and you would also be doing your bit for the environment, with handmade bags that will last!

Learn to:
- Sew heavier weight fabrics
- make handles
- make a square bag base
- make a pocket with lining and attach it to your bag
- make your bag reversible

Suitable for 18yrs and over

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

2.5hr tuition via Zoom
Fabric cut to size
written instructions with images

What you will need

Sewing machine
Fabric marker, chalk or pencil
having an iron handy would be useful.


Judi Glover at Sew Make it

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


2½ minutes (10:00am to 12:30pm)

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Sarah Partridge - - #31565

Really happy with this course. It completely delivered what it promised and more. Judi was a great teacher and a lot of fun. She went out of her way to adapt the course for my wants and take me through all that I needed very patiently. I like the zoom 1-2-1 in these times and pleased that it worked so well. I'll be looking for more like this, and definitely more from Judi. Thank you.

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Dawn - - #28172

Really improved my confidence to just try things, really well planned and timed, very friendly atmosphere. Had two wonderful days!

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Heather - - #28171

Loved the course. Great introduction to sewing techniques and got to take something home every week. Judi is very clear with her instructions and very patient. Great value course that I'd strongly recommend.

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Zena - - #28169

Loved my return to sewing and so chuffed with my "makes" - loved the buttoned cushions and tote bag.

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Lyn - - #28170

Was fantastic, very informative and a pleasure attending this group. Thank you so much for your help and support

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Vicky - - #28161

Really good fun, excellent pace and Judi is very patient and helpful. You feel comfortable asking questions.

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Dawn - - #27262

Judi is a fantastic teacher. I went from being a complete novice (never having sewed before) to making a reversible bag (amongst other things). Can't wait for the next one.
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Kelly - - #27263

Lovely day. Really glad I came, feel much more confident with using the machine.
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Jenny - - #27264

I've thoroughly enjoyed today. I have been ill for the past week and today has cheered me up! Although I have sewn for many years, I still learnt a lot. Looking forward to attending more courses.
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Fiona - - #27265

Excellent Courses, thoroughly enjoyed every minute, very knowledgable staff and so patient..... Brilliant modern venue. Can't wait to return to do more
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Tina - - #27266

I thought the course was excellent, great encouragement! Good location and friendly group.
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Liz R - - #26340

Excellent workshop, all very clear and well explained

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Kate - - #26238

Excellent! Very helpful and very informative. Really enjoyable.

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Fiona - - #26237

Really enjoyed the whole day. Constructive, clear and supportive instruction. Creative crafts achieved. Judi is helpful and with a sense of humour. Nice venue and warm! Thanks :)

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Judith - - #26236

I am really suprised at how much I learnt during the day - it far exceeded my expectations. The pace was just right, as was the size of the class, and it allowed for plenty of one to one guidance.

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Sheree - - #26239

Lovely, clear guidance and support. I'm feeling proud of my reversible tote bag. Thank you

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Mary - - #26109

I really enjoyed both the workshops I attended at the weekend. The small groups are great as it gives us the opportunity to ask any questions we need to ask, and the opportunity for individual help where needed. You make things as simple as possible and give clear instructions, so at the end of the course I felt really pleased with what I had achieved.

Many thanks,

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Philip Roskelly - - #25463

A great beginners' course.
None of the projects was too ambitious but they were challenging enough to give a real sense of satisfaction when completed.
We had an experienced tutor who actually said very little but was always ready to assist us when guidance was needed.
Definitely recommended.

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Georgina - - #25198

I thoroughly enjoyed the Cushion Masterclass course.
Judi is an excellent tutor who is very patient and made creating the different styles of cushions easy to follow with a step by step guide.
I’ll be arranging another sewing course with Judi again soon!

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Rachata - - #24682

Very calm and relaxing class. Judi is very kind and helpful. Thank you - Rachata, Get to know your sewing machine workshop Cheltenham

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Margaret - - #24683

Good to learn how to use a machine properly! - Margaret, Get to know your sewing machine workshop, Cheltenham

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Sally - - #24684

Lovely class, lots of good information - went home with a drawstring bag! Looking forward to the next course - Sally, Get to know your sewing machine workshop, Cheltenham

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Lizzie - - #24685

Really enjoyed the first course - "beginners sewing class", very relaxing learning a new skill. Judi was patient and helpful.

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Zoe - - #24686

Really helpful and informative. Much better than "you tubing" Definately recommend! - Zoe, "Get to know your sewing machine" workshop, Worcester

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Tracy - - #24687

Gave me the confidence and knowledge to start sewing again, as I had not sewn since school - 30 years plus! A thoroughly enjoyable and prodictive morning. Judi has inspired me to continue sewing!
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Anna - - #22692

Yet another fantastic workshop from Judi really enjoyed it Thankyou

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Ruth - - #22689

I learnt to sew on Judi's "Get to know your sewing machine" course, then progressed to the "Intro to dressmaking". I am soo pleased with making my sleeveless top!! Its been on several holidays with me and as I got the pattern to keep, I have made two more at home. Judi is so patient and helpful. Looking forward to doing more.

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Georgina - - #22626

Loved the courses (curtains, blinds, lampshades and doorstops).
Great tuition by Judi, and step by step really made it easy to follow - I'll be going back to Judi for more courses! Thank you!

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Pen Jones - - #22624

Loved the whole weekend of workshops. Judi is a talented teacher who managed to keep the group well on track. Everything we made was well designed and hopefully easy to replicate at home. Thank you

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Madeline - - #22301

Thank you for the amazing workshops you have provided the last couple of weeks; I am thrilled with all that I have made under your guidance and patience, and it has given me the confidence to try other projects on my own.

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Lisa - - #21336

What a lovely lady with great patience and a very relaxing, fun atmosphere.
She gave a very professional tutorial with fabulous quality fabrics which was included on the course.

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June - - #21334

I have SO enjoyed today, thank you.I have learned many new skills and tips and now feel confident to make these projects at home!

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Suzanne - - #21335

Fun and informative, good value for money. Judi is a great teacher.

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Lianne Edwards - - #20849

Had a great day with Judi Glover on her learn to sew and made a fantastic envelope cushion cover, a drawer string bag and drinks coasters, all of which we were able to take home. I had never used my sewing machine and by the end of the day felt completely comfortable with it. I was with a lovely group of ladies and Judi couldn’t have been nicer, so patient and informative. I have already booked my next course, curtain making next!

In-person course
Kate - - #20792

Great day. Lovely atmosphere. Very supportive and patient. Loved that I made something I could take home. Feel able to go ahead now and make more. Thank you so much.

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Sarah Whiting - - #20714

Judi - as always - is very patient and knowledgeable. My sewing skills are improving so much with her help and guidance. I am looking forward to making a set of curtains for my daughters new bedroom.

All resources needed are provided as well as instructions to take away with you. (Particularly useful with measuring windows)

Thank you!

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Laura - - #20652

Lovely workshop, really enjoyed.
Interested in doing Roman Blinds next

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Caroline - - #20649

Lovely small, friendly classes and a very patient teacher!
Thank you Judi

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Rita - - #20650

Really good productive day. Very happy with the skirt.
Thank you

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Lesley - - #20599

Really enjoyed learning in a nice relaxing atmosphere. Judi is a great teacher.

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Karen - - #20600

I loved the zip bag workshop. I will definitely be making more. Judi is a great teacher!

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Gill - - #20602

I really enjoyed the calm space and easy to follow instructions.
Can't believe I made 2 bags in just 3 hours!

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Dee - - #20603

Have done five workshops with Judi, and I now feel a lot more confident to make my own curtains and blinds, and loved making a lampshade. We get written instructions to take home and lots of useful tips during the day.

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Penny - - #20452

I really enjoyed the workshop, thank you Judi :)
Very informative, I learnt how to construct two types of cushion and had great fun doing it.
Will practice making more to enhance my skills

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Joanne - - #20442

I've had a great day, learnt loads of new techniques. Judi is really patient and helped when things went wrong. Will do another course soon. Value is really good as well!

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Lisa - - #20443

Fantastic!! Thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt lots of new skills. Very friendly and supportive atmosphere. Judi was a great teacher!

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Lesley - - #19706

I recently attended the "Canvas Tote Bag" workshop run by Judi.
The workshop was "very good", I really enjoyed it, and loved my new handmade bag.

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Fiona - - #18994

Really enjoyable lesson. Learnt loads and I feel confident to go home and make more! Thank you Judi, looking forward to next weeks workshop

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Mandy - - #18988

Had a lovely time today in the "get know your sewing machine" workshop. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to next weeks cushion lesson.

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Penny - - #18989

Really enjoyed the workshop :) Right pace and length. Good intro, lots of advice and encouragement. Thank you

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Perry - - #18990

Great fun, lovely group and very friendly. Feel impressed with myself for actually producing something!

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Tamsin - - #18991

Really enjoyed the "Get to know your sewing machine" workshop, learnt a lot in the three hours. Thank you

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Elizah - - #18992

Fantastic workshop. I have throughly enjoyed myself and learnt so many new things. Judi was really helpful and explained everything clearly. Thank you :)

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Ellie Litchfield - - #18479

I normally use my machine for quilting & have never done any dressmaking. This was a superb workshop,everything was explained carefully & Judi seemed to know exactly when one of us needed some extra help. I had never put in a zip or made a buttonhole but I now feel confident to tackle both & will certainly enrol on more of Judi's courses.

In-person course
Private - - #17638

Great course..

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Claire Maguire - - #17470

I recently attended the beginners workshop, had a great time and was useful to finally be able to use my sewing machines. Judi was both helpful and patient as i was an absolute beginner. The tote bag and coasters were an added bonus to have something to take home upon completion.

In-person course
Mary - - #15456

Really enjoyed my first attempt at dressmaking. Everything was explained really well, and we had our own pattern to keep. I feel more confident to try other things, and will definitely be coming to more of your workshops, looking forward to making a top on Saturday. Thank you

In-person course
Diane Sewell - - #15451

Simply all it should be. Lovely location, easy access from motorway, small group, very clear instruction from Julie at a pace which suited all, one stage at a time. Judi had time to assist everyone when they needed it. She is a very good tutor. We finished 2 zip bags on the day, most other workshops I've gone to need the work to be finished as home. I will definitely keep an eye out for more workshops.

Response from Sew Make it:

Thank you Di, it was lovely to meet you and Chrissie, your bags were amazing! look forward to seeing you again soon :)

In-person course
Deborah Mason - - #15186

Excellent Morning spent in a small friendly group, Judi helped me through the process and I came away with a lovely Tote bag and pattern. I have made another on my own at home and have fabric on order to make even more. I hope to attend further sessions in the future.

Response from Sew Make it:

Thank you Deborah, so pleased that you are making use of the pattern and making more! hope to see you again soon.

In-person course
Ruth - - #15174

Great workshop, really enjoyed making the tote bag. Judi explains everything step by step making it very easy for a newbie sewer. We got the template and instructions to take home, so I will be making a lot more. Fabric is great quality, and the bags are very useful. Don't hesitate If you are considering doing this, its great fun!

In-person course
Katie Arthurs - - #14806

This course is really great all fabrics and patterns done for you Judi is great helped me set up my sewing machine and was there to go through the making of the tote bag step by step with you can thoroughly recommend this course excellent .

In-person course
Lisa Eksteen - - #13300

Had a great time doing these lovely workshops, relaxed and informal, learnt loads, and I will be making lots more from now on. Particularly liked the zip bags, they can be used for all sorts of things. Thinking of Christmas pressies ;). Wouldn't hesitate to do more workshops with Judi

In-person course
Diane - - #13124

Thank you for doing a 1 to 1 session for me. I had not used a sewing machine in such a long time and you were very patient. I really enjoyed it and the 3 hours went very quickly. Will be coming back for the cushion workshop. Highly recommend

Response from Sew Make it:

You're very welcome! Look forward to seeing you again soon.

In-person course
Tia Jordan - - #13053

Attended this course with Judi and thoroughly enjoyed it. I particularly liked the small group as this gave us all the individual help when we needed it. I love the finished bag and will definitely be using it and making more as gifts for my friends.

Response from Sew Make it:

Thank you Tia, so glad you enjoyed the course. look forward to seeing you for the PJ workshop!

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