The Cooper Bag Workshop


  • The Stitchery 24 Sandyford Pl Glasgow, G3 7NG United Kingdom

2-day weekend workshop, 10am - 5pm both days // Level: Growing Beginner // Instructor: Susie Haigh of Podnip // Cost: £140 (including pattern) // Pattern: The Cooper Bag by Colette Patterns

Learn how to use heaver weight fabrics and hardware, and make your very own backpack, messenger bag, or satchel.

There's nothing quite like a good sturdy bag that lasts you for years: the smell of heavy canvas or leather;  the industrial feel of the clips and fastenings; and the joy of finding lost trinkets in the pockets. 

The Cooper Bag is a versatile pattern, giving you three different options from one basic design: a backpack, a messenger bag, or a satchel (doubles as a bike pannier). And in this two day weekend workshop, Susie Haigh will be guiding you through the steps to make your very own Cooper in one of these styles.

She'll be introducing you to the Industrial Sewing Machine, talking through the use of heavier weight fabrics, and showing you how to use various hardwares such as magnetic closures, lobster clips, rivets, D-rings, magnetic snaps, buckles, webbing, and velcro. 

Skill Level

This is a Growing Beginner course, which means you must have a basic understanding of how to use the sewing machine. Anyone who has done one of our Pure Beginner level courses should be fine. 

Booking Your Place

To book your place on this course, you can use our online booking system below. You can pay a deposit or, if you prefer, pay the full course amount. Please familiarise yourself with ourTerms & Conditions before making your booking. 

You can pay by PayPal or any major debit/credit card.  NOTE: You do not need a PayPal account to make a booking. Simply click on the link which says "pay with a debit or credit card". It looks like this. 

Sewing Kits

When you come to book your place online, you'll be given the opportunity to add a Stitchery Sewing Kit to your basket. These are also available to order from our studio or on our Student Resource section at a later date. The kits come with everything you'll need to get sewing, and they only contain high quality tools that we would use ourselves. Plus there's an option to add the Maker's Workbook too. 

Transparent Pricing

What does it cost to run a high quality sewing course? Our transparent pricing policy means that you can request a cost breakdown for any of our courses. 

Any Questions?

If you have any questions please have a look at our FAQs page. We also recommend reading the relevant page on our Student Resource Page, where you can find useful insights on the course structure and what supplies you'll need to bring to class (Note: If you don't see your course info up yet, don't panic, we'll have it up with enough time to get your supplies together before the course starts).

If you don't find your answer in either of these places, then please feel free to contact us.