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Sew Knits on Your Machine: Mini Knapsack with Felted Sweaters or Knit Fabrics


Price includes 2 hours of class.

A virtual class with Jennifer Stern

Sept 10, 10:00am-12:00pm CDT

You do not need a serger or fancy sewing machine to sew pieces of knit fabric or felted sweaters together. Join Jenn to make a fun and fresh knapsack while you learn to sew knit fabrics on the machine you have! This is also the perfect opportunity to give a well-loved, and worn, sweater a new life.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.

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Join Jenn and learn how to get great results using a few basic built-in stitches on your sewing machine. After practicing sewing on scraps of the knit or sweater pieces, we’ll explore some cool techniques.

The body of the bag can be made from a stable knit that holds it’s shape. Good choices would be ponte knit or double knit. You can also throw a wool or cashmere sweater (or two) into the washing machine and felt them to creating sturdy-enough fabric to work with. (Upcycle a sweater that has seen better days!) Learn how to use knit binding to finish the top edges of the patch pockets. Then stabilize the bottom edges of the bag with fusible stay tape.

A drawstring closure will keep all your stuff inside. We’ll take advantage of the fact that some knits curl to make a quick, no-sew drawstring!
You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create straps just by folding the edges together and securing them with the triple zig-zag. Choose one or two shoulder straps and customize the length so it’s comfortable to tote around.

You’ll leave class with a knap sack that’s ready to take with you on all your errands… Hands Free!!

Supply List
• 2 – 13” x 13″ squares of double knit or felted wool or cashmere sweaters* for front and back of the bag
• 1 – 7” x 7″ square of double knit for pocket + double sided fusible tape to support the edges
• 2 – 32” x 3″ wide strips of double knit
• 1 – 8” x 1 1/2″ piece of rib knit* to finish the top edge of the pocket.
• 1 – 24” x 4″ piece of rib knit* for drawstring casing + 1 square of fusible interfacing for buttonhole
• 1 – 3/8″ strip of double knit or sweater for drawstring
• All-Purpose thread to match and contrast stable knit
• Size 14 Stretch Needles Please see pre-class worksheet for instructions to cut out pieces
• Sewing Basics: Needles, Thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins

* Suggested stable knits: Ponte knit (aka Ponte De Roma), double knits, sweatshirt fleece. This is the perfect opportunity to up-cycle your loved up sweaters that have seen better days. Please see pre-class homework for instructions on how to felt your sweaters to make them ready to cut out bag pieces.

Limited pre-class work required.

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Elena M.
A fun class

I enjoyed this class. It was a bit of a blitz but very educational. I would request that some of the notions used be added to the supply list like double sided interfacing and an iron. Not having these supplies ready, I didn’t really work along with Jen in the class because I wanted to use what she suggested. But, classes are recorded so that’s good!