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Blue Calla: Weekend Retreat (DAY 2 - Waterlily Tote)

Class Description

Join us in the Embellish classroom for our first Blue Calla Retreat Weekend! Yes, you read that right – a full Saturday & Sunday of sewing!

Choose just one day or stay the whole weekend!

This special weekend retreat will be led by the designer behind Blue Calla patterns, Celine! Get hands-on assistance from the pattern designer herself and develop your skills as a bagmaker!

On Saturday May we’ll be focusing on the BRAND NEW Strawflower pattern; available exclusively for the very first time at our retreat! On Sunday we’ll switch gears and focus on the Waterlily Tote pattern. For those participating on both days, you’ll receive a bonus pattern; the Foxtail Crossbody Bag!

While we will be focusing on one bag per day, you're welcome to work at your own pace!

Select your chosen retreat day(s) and be sure to add BOTH days to your cart for whole weekend attendance (and the free Foxtail pattern!)

Click here to learn more about the bags you'll be making.

Sunday May 4th, 9:00am-5:00pm (Strawflower focus)
Sunday May 5th, 9:00am-5:00pm (Waterlily Tote focus)

Lunch break from 12:30-1:00pm daily. Bring your own lunch or enjoy one of the many restaurants and cafes near our new location! We’ll be sending out a food & drink guide closer to the workshop date!

Please see our Class Guidelines and Policies before registering.

What's Included

  • Exclusive Strawflower Pattern (Saturday’s focus pattern)
  • Waterlily Tote Pattern (Sunday’s focus pattern)
  • Bonus pattern for those staying both days: Foxtail Crossbody Bag
  • Shopping discount of 10% for the whole weekend!


Exterior Fabric:
  • 1/2 yard waxed canvas or cotton fabric
  • 1/4 yard cork or vinyl (you can use fabric if you prefer)
  • OPTIONAL: 40” of 1.5” Webbing for HANDLE)
Lining Fabric:
  • 1 yard quilt weight cotton
    (NOTE: all fabric quantities will vary depending on fabric width and fabric print (for fussy cutting).
Always buy extra fabric if your print is directional!

Supplies & Notions

NOTE: The  Interfacing, Notions, and Supplies  that are required for this class may be purchased in a discounted kit; more information to follow.


NOTE: Quantities of interfacing vary significantly depending on whether you are using waxed canvas or fabric for your bag’s exterior

  • 1/2 - 1 yard fusible fleece (46” wide)
  • 4-6 yards fusible woven interfacing (20” wide)
  • 11” W x 4.75” H Peltex or similar
Notions and Supplies:
  • (2) 1.5” swivel clasps
  • (1) 1.5” rectangle slide
  • (2) 1” D-rings
  • (2) 14” zippers
  • (1) 8” zipper (#3 dress zipper)
  • (1) metal zipper end
  • OPTIONAL: Rivets


You Will Need:
  • Working sewing machine (bring all your feet and accessories just in case);
  • Zipper foot for your machine;
  • Extra needles for your machine (We recommend Microtex sharp size 14);
  • Good quality polyester thread to work in your machine (Embellish carries Wonderfil Polyester and a heavier HomeDec);
  • Bobbins for your machine;
  • Fabric glue or double-sided tape;
  • Sewing needle for hand sewing;
  • Small Ruler;
  • Fabric scissors;
  • ‘Not so good’ scissors for cutting zipper tape
Nice to Have, but Not Necessary:
  • Walking foot for your machine or IDT system;
  • Small cutting mat;
  • Lighter to seal zipper/webbing ends;
  • Small screwdriver

Please label your supplies!

All supplies and notions available at Embellish, unless otherwise noted. We are happy to offer a 10% discount on class supplies, and a one time 20% discount on rulers, rotary cutters, and cutting mats; please remind us at the cash desk! 

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: This pattern is best suited to an intermediate bag maker but confident beginners could probably manage while following along with the the instructor.
Instructor: Blue Calla
Instructor Bio: Blue Calla is a line of beautiful and versatile bag patterns, designed in Toronto. Blue Calla patterns are modern, adaptable, and suitable for a variety of skill levels. Celine, the Owner and designer at Blue Calla, is a full-time pattern designer since 2013, working out of her home studio in Toronto, Ontario. She's had the opportunity to be one of the featured pattern designers for the ?Bag of the Month Club? in 2017 and 2018 and has taught workshops in the U.S. and Canada and hosted sewing retreats in Toronto.
DAY 2 - Includes pattern pdf of Waterlily Tote

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