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Traditional Crafts

Bags of the Boundary Waters and Beyond

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Course Overview


Head out on the lake, into the woods, or to the grocery store in style and function with a custom handmade waxed canvas backpack. In this beginner-friendly class, we will cover all of the basics including fabrics and notions, industrial sewing techniques, and design. Students will spend the first day learning, honing, and mastering different aspects of backpack production, covering straight and zig zag stitches, binding, useful seams, leatherwork, riveting, hot cutting, and pockets through small projects. Over the next two days, we will design, layout, and assemble the backpacks at a relaxed pace. The size and proportion of the final bag will be up to the student as will the use of materials and appropriate notions. Students are invited to bring their favorite bags for examination and discussion.

Required Tools 

  • All tools will be provided by the instructor and North House.

Optional Tools 

  • Favorite rotary cutter or other sewing notions
  • Patches


Fri, Sep 1st, 2023  –  Sun, Sep 3rd, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $285.00
Materials fee: $85.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Amir Najam
Amir Najam
Duluth, MN

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Bags of the Boundary Waters and Beyond