Bag Making for Beginners at Prior Shop

Have you been itching to learn some basic sewing skills using a domestic sewing machine? Maybe your own machine is gathering dust at home and you need some help taking the first step? If so, this bag making for beginners workshop is the perfect start to your sewing adventure!

In this three hour sewing workshop you’ll make a beautiful cotton shoulder bag complete with lining and pockets to take home after. You’ll have the choice of two different fabrics to make your tote bag with and it will be matched with a waterproof wax canvas, cotton lining and strong carry handles. Fancy!

You’ll be given all the materials ready-cut with detailed instructions on how to sew your tote bag. Lauren will guide you through the whole process, showing you how to thread and use the machine, and construct your bag. Lauren will provide plenty of tips and tricks on sewing techniques for you to use in future projects.

All other sewing accessories will be provided, so all you need to do is turn up!

What you’ll learn:

  • Threading and using a domestic sewing machine
  • General sewing techniques
  • Edge stitching
  • Using a rivet press
  • Achieving a professional finish
  • Basic bag making techniques

There are only 5 places on this workshop plus an extra 2 for anyone who wants to bring their own machine, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Scroll through the photos above to see images of Lauren's workshops and to see what king of bag you'll be making.

Age restrictions: 16+

Adult £65

What people are saying

Ben Jonner
Mar 2023

Very much enjoyed

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Emma Bassett
Mar 2023

Learnt alot and came home with lovely bag.

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frances lee
Sep 2022

Really enjoyed the course, well led, friendly and felt like I came away with new skills and a lov...

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Catherine Hounsome
Feb 2022

Lovely chilled out morning, no stress, which was what I needed.

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How to get there


  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • WiFi

COVID-19 guidelines

  • Your host will be adhering to current Covid measures
  • Masks are advised when moving around if it is busy. The space is very open, you will be as spaced out as possible

On the day

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the workshop starts
  • Refreshments will be provided. Please bring a bottle of water and snacks if you like
  • Parking is available nearby in Cabot Circus' multi-storey car park

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 7 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 7 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Lauren Holloway

Designer and Maker Lauren Holloway has been running her own slow-fashion handbag and accessory brand since 2013. Lauren specialises in making sustainable bags, purses, laptop cases and toiletry storage, all handcrafted in her Bristol-based studio. She has extensive knowledge and experience in designing patterns and sewing anything from coin purses to backpacks. Lauren offers a range of sewing workshops from beginner to intermediate level, where participants can learn the basics of using a domestic sewing machine, brush up on existing sewing skills or develop new techniques to improve their craft. You’ll leave the workshop with new-found knowledge and inspiration for future projects plus you’ll take home a beautiful handmade bag you can enjoy for years to come.

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