Up-cycle Sewing Workshop in Long Lake

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Up-cycle Sewing Workshop in Long Lake

WORKSHOP starts on Thursday afternoon @ 4pm, SEPT. 28th-30th


REGISTRATION: please call 1-518-624-3871

Spend a few days in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains & learn how to sew a MESSENGER BAG or BACKPACK created out of a second-hand suit jacket. You will learn how to use the collars and pockets of used wool suit-jackets. Up-cycling old garments into a unique and beautiful patchwork bag will give them a new lease on life.

Class Registration Fee is $200. Discounts and lodging packages listed below.

WORKSHOP starts on Thursday afternoon @ 4pm, SEPT. 28th-30th


REGISTRATION: please call 1-518-624-3871




Do you like to bring unused, second-hand garments back to a new life?

Join us and learn to sew one-of-a-kind wool messenger bags or back packs.

Did you know that wool is relatively dirt resistant and has an elegant appearance?

We work with used men suits and other second-hand wool garments and bring it back to life.

Find those garments at Goodwill or used-clothing stores or from your friends and family.



What will you learn:

By the end of this workshop you will be able to sew a messenger bag or backpack with ease.  You will know how to incorporate several pockets with and without zippers to store your items, as well as attach the necessary bag closing hardware. You will be able to choose the right interfacing for the wool fabric to give the bag the ultimate shape. We use patchwork technique to give the bag a beautiful look and one of a kind product.


Who should attend:

You are eager to learn new techniques, share sewing tips and like to interface, have fun and learn from others. The class addresses students with sewing experiences who know how to use tools like Rotary Cutter and are confident using a sewing machine.


What will you bring home:

You can choose a backpack or messenger bag by the size of approx. 11.5” x 10.5”  as your end product.

We will provide you with the pattern so you will be able to replicate this product at home.

Birthdays and Christmas always come to quick, but you will be ready to create this bag as a gift for you or your loved ones.


About the Teacher:

Daniela Magee, interior designer of NY Institute of Art and Design, changed her Career in 2016 from an IT Consultant to a Motel Manager and moved from Germany to the USA after she and her husband bought the Sandy Point Motel in 2012. She has enjoyed sewing, quilting and decoration for over 20 years as a hobby, and since she joined the hospitality business she has put that passion + skill to work furnishing the motel rooms with handmade quilts and stocking the gift shop.  She creates and develops pattern and unique products especially with the goal of up cycling and re-purposing garments.

She teaches her passion of sewing to people in personal classes and is excited to share her pattern and discovery over the bag making with a group of  10-12 people.

Come and join us and bring a friend or your spouse to stay in the beautiful natural environment of the Adirondack Mountains with us.

EVENT Location:   Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY

Event Start:  Sept.28th, Thursday afternoon, at 4 pm until Sept. 30th 5pm

Where to register: please call 1-518-624-3871

What to bring:

– Bag Lining Fabric: 1 yard of canvas, cotton duck or mid weight cotton,

   (if you prefer quilting cotton as the lining, it needs light weight interfacing like Pellon Shape Flex-101),

– Pellon fusible interfacing:

   0.5 yard of 525 Decovil Light, 0.5 yard of Shape Flex-101, 0.5 yard of 971F Thermolam Plus,

– Men´s- or women´s wool suit jacket for cutting,

– Strong free arm sewing machine which can handle thicker layers of fabric like multiple layers of denim,

– Walking foot,

– 7” Zipper, ( will be sewn to the lining fabric),

– Thread: (brown, gray, blue), quilting ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, fabric marker,

– clips, pins, scissor, seam ripper,

– Ironing mat and steam iron, (we will also provide a few ironing and cutting mat stations).


We will provide you with the bag hardware (tuck lock clasp, leather strips, rings & sliders).

The Pattern for the Messenger bag will be provided shortly before the Workshop.



Pricing including 3 nights of Lodging and Workshop Fee:


Single occupancy and lodging @ www.SandyPointMotel.com:

$ 565 Total Cost per person


Double occupancy  and lodging at www.SandyPointMotel.com

$ 385 Total Cost per person

$ 300 Total Cost per person  with Spouse


Single occupancy and lodging at the www.BlueberryHillMotel.com:

$ 525 Total Cost per person


Double occupancy and lodging at the www.BlueberryHillMotel.com

$ 362.50 Total Cost per person

$ 275.00 Total Cost per person with Spouse


if you do not need lodging, the Workshop fee will be $200 incl. bag hardware as listed.