Turner oilcloth tote

Turner oilcloth top only

The Turner oilcloth bag will be your ‘go to’ bag. We’ve created our own ‘best of breed’ pattern to get the perfect sized bag that won’t be too heavy even when full to the brim.  It’s practical without being bulky or heavy and we think it is best made in oilcloth for durability but could be mastered in cotton drill, denims and canvas too.

The finished size is approx 40cm x 40cm x 15cm.




02 May 2023


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

What will we cover?

During the course of this workshop you will work on a variety of bag making techniques as the design includes a rigid base for stability, internal invisible zipped pocket, internal divided patch pocket and magnetic clasp.


We’ll  start by showing  you how to best work with oilcloth on your machine, or the material of your choice before moving on to helping you insert the perfect invisible zip. I love an invisible zipped pocket as they are hardly noticeable keeping your valuables tucked out of sight.


We can play with contrast divided pockets, who doesn’t love a cheeky bit of pattern clashing or a pop of colour,  before attaching our magnetic clasp and long shoulder strap. The best bit about making your own bags is getting these straps and handles just the right size to fit  you.


This is a great workshop for building your skills on the machine and mastering working with thicker, harder wearing fabrics. We’ll show you to how get the right settings on your machine for the best finish.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work.


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can.

Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Due to the nature of this workshop it is suitable for competent beginners upwards. We will walk you through all of the techniques step by step to help you build your skill set.

Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

You will need to bring:


  • 0.5m of oilcloth (140cm wide) for the bag and bag facing
  • 0.75m of fabric for the lining and pockets. (You may wish for the visible inside pocket to be contrasting fabric)
  • 25cm concealed/invsible zip
  • 2 D rings 1″/2.5cm & 75cm strong thick woven canvas webbing 1″/2.5cm wide. Note that these can be a different size but ensure that the D ring and webbing match. We have a thinner cream and navy cotton webbing in the studio which is 38mm wide should you wish to purchase.
  • 1 magnetic snap
  • (Bag base will be supplied)

We ask you come with the following pieces cut out from your fabric;


  • Bag sides 2 req  – 20″ x 20″
  • Bag facing 2 req – 20″ wide x 3.5″ tall
  • Handles 2 req – 16.5″ x 4″
  • Tabs 2 req 5″ x 2.5″

Lining fabric

  • Lining 2 req – 20″ wide x 18″ tall
  • Internal pocket 2 req – 13″ wide x 9.5″ tall
  • Zip pocket lining 1 req – 8″ wide x 20″ tall (This piece is folded in half so if you have a direction to your fabric cut two pieces 8″ wide x 10.5″ tall and join them together, using a 0.5″ seam allowance, so that the direction on both pieces comes up from the join. Any queries just ask).

What will I take home with me?

At the end of the session you will have your own Turner tote bag to fill to the brim for days out, picnics and trips to the beach.


Plus you will have all the knowledge that you need to go home and make more for yourself, friends and family.


The finished size is approx 40cm x 40cm x 15cm.


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.


Sarah Brangwyn
Sarah Brangwyn

Owner of Made and Making, Sarah has been sewing all her life. Her passion is helping others to gain the same level of enjoyment from mastering these creative skills. She's known for her infectious enthusiasm, her endless knowledge and for her knack for explaining things clearly, leading to lots of 'aha!' moments. You may have seen her share some of those on the TV channel Sewing Street. In a previous life, Sarah was a branch manager in an insurance firm. Taking redundancy in 2012 allowed her to follow her dream of creating a hub for sewing and craft. At Made and Making Sarah teaches sewing, crochet, needle felting and other craft courses. She's also one of the tutors for the children's workshops. When family life allows, Sarah loves nothing more than immersing herself in her own projects.

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