Stella’s ‘Mary Poppin’s’ Bag – *New for 2023


Construct your own Mary Poppins Handbag in a Day and a Half with our resident Bag Lady Stella ! Stella will ensure you go home with a classy well made bag that you will be proud to use.  First set of dates full – contact me for new 2023 dates.


Come and spend two days creating your very own bespoke “Mary Poppins” bag. This timeless bag is known not only for it’s vintage style but for it’s roomy size too!

There are various options available, allowing you to create a striking “two tone” bag or if you prefer you can keep it to just one colour. Fabric choice is all yours too, you can go with my favourite, Harris Tweed, or I would recommend a faux leather (for the bottom panel only), a dry oilskin or upholstery weight fabric. You will need to bring a meter of outer fabric of your chosen exterior fabric and 1m of lining fabric – this will give you plenty for any internal pockets you wish to add. Full details of requirements will be emailed together with links to suggested suppliers for tweed, oilskin and faux leather.

Please make sure your machine can cope with the fabric you choose.  Please feel free to email if you have any questions about fabric choice.

On the day I will supply everything else you need to construct the bag including interfacing, foam, rigid bag bottom, feet, leather handles, internal wire frame and all other hardware.

Fabric requirements will vary depending on the style you are planning. There are 3 options for the exterior of the bag.  It can either be done as one solid colour, a two tone with a straight line or a two tone with a curve.  I’ve detailed below the requirements for all three.

Please note, this is a “measure and cut” pattern – paper pattern pieces are not provided.  We have allowed for a 2nd morning – please allow for some flexibiity on your finishing time.

Please note there is £15.00 charge to contribute to the bag materials, payable on the day.


Additional information


2nd and 3rd February 2023


10-3.30pm Day One, 10-1pm Second Day.

Tutor Brings:

Bag frame

All interfacing and foam

Bag bottom and feet

Leather strap – available in light tan, chocolate brown, black or navy

Fasteners. (let me know if you would a fancy tree one!)


Plse bring £15 Material contribution for Tutor to cover the frame, leather straps and Handbag hardware.

Upon Booking you will be emailed a full requirements list with Tutors email.. this is the shortened version:

Exterior and Interior Fabric. If you want to add any additional pockets, please bring extra cotton fabric.  This can match your lining or contrast – the choice is yours!

You will also need;

1 zip approx. 9” for the internal pocket

Sewing machine

Cutting mat and ruler

Iron and board or ironing mat

All the usual sewing necessities – pins, scissors, etc!

And your Lunch!


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