In this class, Ellie, the pattern designer + founder of Klum House, will guide you through creating the Slabtown Rolltop Backpack, a stylish and highly-functional bag designed for adventurous makers. The Slabtown features a spacious main compartment with a quick-access side zipper, a front zip pocket, and snap closures. Whether it’s a day on the trails, your daily cycling commute, or a weekend getaway, this bag will keep up with your active lifestyle and hold up to years of wear and tear. Pack your gear—there are adventures ahead!
Get excited! This is going to be fun.
Comes with all of the ingredients and instruction you need to make this bag!
Durable pre-cut + hole-punched waxed canvas, ready-to-attach premium leather straps, and professional-strength hardware—all in the colors of your choice.
Get this class for free with the purchase of a Slabtown Full Maker Kit.
"Klum House workshops are not only ultra-clear and packed
with information, but Ellie's laid-back teaching style was a fun
and encouraging way to tackle my most complex bag to date.
Plus- she seemed to know every mistake I was going to make
and caught it every time."
- Katie W.
Ellie Lum is the founder, pattern designer, and head educator at Klum House. With over twenty years of professional bag making experience, she draws on her roots in the industrial sewing industry to make heavy-duty bag making fun and accessible to home stitchers. Ellie has taught hundreds of makers to sew over the years and is known for her fun, casual teaching style and crystal-clear instructions. She believes in the joy, struggle, and triumph that comes from making something from start to finish with your own two hands.
- How to sew extra-bulky seams
- Attaching leather straps
- How to sew a hidden zipper
- How to create adjustable leather backpack straps
- How to finish seams with binding
- How to set tubular rivets
- How to set Line 24 snaps
- Conceptual elements of bag making
- Various ways to topstitch
Digital Pattern + Resources Included with Class
- Fully-illustrated, step-by-step instructions booklet
- Tiled PDF pattern (for home printing)
- Large format PDF pattern (for professional printing)
- Complete list of necessary materials + tools
"I knocked out a great Slabtown my first try. The videos made everything easy. I nailed the zipper and I always freak about zippers. The explanations were fantastic."
- Heather W.
"Ellie is a fabulous instructor. She gives just enough information with concise direction. I love her style & would love to take her classes in person at her workshop. Great job."
- Felicia G.
StartConstruct the Side Pockets (6:35)
StartAttach the Side Snaps (6:31)
StartSew the (Hidden) Left Zipper (8:42)
StartSew the (Front Pocket) Right Zipper (3:37)
StartTopstitch the Front Body (7:15)
StartCreate the Zipper Cover and Install Leather Zipper Pulls (5:19)
StartSew the Rolltop (6:14)
StartAttach the Reinforcement Fabric (2:14)
StartConstruct + Attach the Buckle Straps (5:36)
StartAttach Front + Back of Bag (5:58)
StartSew the Bag Together + Bind the Seams (4:29)
StartConstruct the Boxed Corners (2:11)
StartAttach the Rolltop (10:35)
StartAttach the Rolltop Strap (9:00)
StartAttach the Backpack Straps (10:03)
When does the course start and finish?
Do I need an industrial sewing machine to make this bag?