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Clam Up bag by Annie

Easy and fun to make, these bags in five sizes are perfect for storing and carrying make-up, sewing supplies, tech gear, and more.  

The pattern includes complete step-by-step instructions for making the bags with or without quilted fabric and for adding optional iron-on vinyl laminate to make the inside easy to wipe clean.  You will learn to apply a zipper to a curved piece of fabric.

Double-slide zippers and handy grab tabs make the bags easy to open wide and attached side panels prevent contents from falling out. An optional strap with swivel hook may also be added.  When empty, the bags nest inside one another to save space.

The pattern, available at Sew What, contains instructions for all five sizes.  We recommend making the large size for class.

Sewing machine in good working order, power cord, foot pedal

Clam Up pattern (available at Sew What)
Fabrics: (for large size, see pattern for others)  Main fabric (outside) - 1 fat quarter, lining fabric - 1 fat quarter, coordinating fabric - 1 fat eighth or 1/8 yard for gussets and hold tabs
Thread to match fabrics
Bobbin woulnd with each thread
Zipper - 20" for large, 24" for extra large, single or double slide, regular or handbag
By Annie Soft and Stable 
template plastic or freezer paper
removable fabric marker or chalk marker
1/4" foot, zigzag foot, walking foot (optional but very helpful)
Pins and / or Wonder Clips
Rotary cutter and mat
Ruler, preferably with 45 degree angle line
iron-on vinyl laminate (optional)
1/2" swivel hook (optional)
Basic sewing supplies (scissors, seam ripper, thread snips, pins)

Class minimum:  4  Class maximum:  8

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Insert zipper on a curved edge, basic straight stitching,
Instructor: Melody Kasprzak
Instructor Bio: Melody was taught to sew when she was 10 by her mother and has been sewing ever since. Her mom also taught her to embroider, including crewel and counted cross-stitch. Melody has tried other needle crafts, including needlepoint, knitting, crocheting, and quilting. Her projects usually start out with "Grandma, can you make...?" Machine embroidery is her current favorite.

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
To adequately prepare for classes and events, we ask that you please register at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.  Your space in class will not be held withhout payment.  Each class has a minimum, and maximum, number of students and may fill, or be cancelled, prior to your payment.

If a
minimum number of students is not met, you will be notified, and your class fees refunded, at least 1 week prior to the class start date.  If you need to cancel cancel, please call the store at least 1 week prior to class for a full refund. No refunds of class or kit fees will be issued for cancellations under 1 week before the class start date. No shows will forfeit class and kit fees.

Upon registration you will be emailed a list of supplies needed for the class. All supplies should be purchased prior to class. Classes typically do not include time to purchase supplies. Unless otherwise noted, all supplies are available at Sew What! Inc.  Students will receive a 10% discount on all supplies listed.

We are diligent about enforcing copyright laws; if a book, pattern or embroidery design is required for a class, each student must purchase their own copy. There are no exceptions.

Students should bring their sewing machine with all of the appropriate parts (including the instruction manual, foot control and power cord). Students must be familiar with the basic operation (i.e. winding a bobbin and threading the machine) of their machine for creative classes, and the machine must be in good working condition. Alternatively, a student may pre-register to rent a sewing machine (when avail;able) for creative classes at a rental rate of $15 per class session.  Students who experiences great difficulty with their sewing machine during class may need to rent a machine.

Please be considerate of others. Do not bring children to class, wear heavy perfume or use cell phones during class. Please be prepared to start class on time.  Our doors typically open 30 minutes prior to your class start time to allow you to set up your sewing space. Classes begin and end promptly at the scheduled time.