Class: The Retreat Bag Beginner Class - Saturday April 6/24

Sew the Retreat Bag during this 1 day class!
Guest Instructor, Winnifred Smith, will be joining us to teach you how to make the either the small or large size of the popular 'Retreat Bag'. This pattern, by Janelle MacKay, is a very easy to make project that will give you a very useful and practical practical pouch.
Bring all of your supplies to class, and learn how to cut fabric with a rotary cutter and ruler, fuse on interfacing and fleece, and sew a bigger bag complete with a zipper and wire frame opening.
We can help you get all of the required supplies in the shop!


Difficulty Level: Suited to a beginning bag maker, or a beginner to intermediate sewer just starting to make bags.

Tools Required: A rotary cutter, mat and gridded rulers are needed in class. We will have some available to use, or you can bring your own. You must have your own basic sewing supplies, a sewing machine with a zipper foot. 

Pattern Required: You can download the free PDF pattern here. Each student is required to own their own pattern with them. NOTE: The complete kits we sell do have the pattern included. 


  • Sewers must bring their own sewing machine, all materials, and equipment.
  • Cutting table, ironing station, coffee and tea will be available.
  • Class is between 9:00 am & 1:00 pm, with flexible break around 11:00. You can leave for your lunch or bring a lunch to eat at your sewing table. You are welcome to sew on your own through the break if you choose to. Microwave available.
  • If we don't have our class minimum 2 weeks before class, the class will be cancelled and fees refunded.
  • Class prep instructions (homework) will be provided by the instructor and emailed to you 2 weeks before class. You are welcome to download the pattern and purchase supplies before this date if you desire. We can help you with your class supplies in the shop!
  • There are no refunds on classes if you can't come, but if you let us know at least 14 days before the class, we can issue you a class credit. If you let us know you can't make it, we will see if we have someone on the waiting list that can buy your spot.
  • If any questions pop up, you can email us at

Payment Policy:

All payments are completed by PAYPAL, a secure payment method, or Credit Card. We do not receive or store any payment information. The checkout will be in Canadian dollars and will be converted to your own currency after payment.

    • Sometimes there are duties, taxes or fees due depending on what country you live in. You will have to check your customs regulations. If you are in UK & European countries, you may need to pay VAT or other taxes that are not included in our prices. All sales are "Delivered At Place (DAP)". Tax is paid by the receiver upon import into your country.

USA has implemented an 25% Import Tax on all metal products from China, which can include our bag making hardware. Please check your import tax. This is a new law and applies to orders over $800. (Since US customers have their order total converted to US dollars, which is about 30% less than the Canadian total, the 25% tax is usually inconsequential. Our customers love our products!)


For Bag Supplies & Preprinted Patterns:

  • All items will be shipped 1-2 business days after your order is placed. We do not promise same day shipping, although we try to make it happen! Items are shipped Monday through Friday.
  • Sometimes delivery can be somewhat faster, or sometimes a little slower, so please allow up to 15 business days for delivery. If your package hasn't arrived within the time you were quoted at checkout, and your tracking does not show a delay notice, please CONTACT US so we can review your order details. We can't be responsible for the errors or delays of others in delivering your package, but we will do what I can to locate the package for you.
  • We can NOT be responsible for lost or stolen packages. We cannot track or replace any UNTRACKED packages. Oversize letters in Canada are not tracked, traceable or replaceable if lost or stolen. 
  • Sometimes there are duties, taxes or fees due depending on what country you live in. You will have to check your customs regulations.

Shipping Rates:

Shipping rates vary from country to country. We use live shipping rates provided by our integration with Canada Post, UPS & DHL. These use the weight of your order and your location, based on the address you provide, to give you shipping rates. The best way to find out what shipping is going to be, is to add the items to your cart, add your address at checkout, and then you will be able see shipping rates before you pay! 

NOTE: We don't offer next day delivery. If you are quoted "2-3 business days" when you choose a service rate, that does not include the day it is shipped, nor does it include weekends or holidays. This does not include our time needed for order processing or fulfillment.

Delivery Policy:

For PDF Sewing Patterns: A download link is provided at the top of the "Thank You" page after payment. If you are not able to download because you are at work or on another device, no worries, you will also receive an email with a link back to this page to download your pattern instantly.

For all other goods: 

Shipping times are quoted at checkout depending on your location and the rate you choose.

Return Policy:

For PDF Sewing Patterns:  Due to the nature of the product, there are no refunds for PDF sewing patterns.

Physical Products:  It's important to us that you are happy with your purchase, but if for any reason you are not satisfied with our products simply CONTACT US within 5 days of receiving your package. Items must be then returned within 30 days of receipt for full refund (minus the delivery charge). We are a small company and simply cannot pay for shipping for you to return you product if you have decided you don't want it. Please make sure you double check measurements and read product details before purchasing.  To qualify for a refund the goods MUST be unused, and in resaleable condition, once inspected by us we’ll refund the amount to paypal within 14 days. Shipping amounts will not be refunded.

Non-returnable items:

Gift cards
Downloadable software products

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.

There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable):
Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error, or any item that is returned more than 30 days after delivery.

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund. You should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

Refunds (if applicable)
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.
If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.

Late or missing refunds (if applicable)
If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again.
Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted.
Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted.
If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please CONTACT US

Damage/Faulty items: If you think you have received an item that is damaged or faulty, CONTACT US and provide all of the details and we will do our best to help you as soon as possible.

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