Make the Jack Tar

Availability: in-stock

Level – Advanced Beginner

This copious bucket bag has space for an almost infinite amount of stuff. Make it in traditional British oilskin, sturdy canvas, cotton drill or denim. Fully lined with 3 divided internal pockets. The most useful of bags.

This is an ideal class for sewers with a little bit of experience but also those wanting to learn more about sewing with heavier fabrics like oilskin. Learn how to work with leather and metal hardware to create a professional finish.

We will cover the following:

  • How to use a cardboard pattern, learning about the pattern markings and what they mean.
  • Following a lay plan and cutting out your fabric correctly.
  • Working with heavier fabrics suitable for bag making.
  • Tips and tricks for sewing and marking oilskin.
  • Working with leather and metal hardware.
  • Inserting a lining and turning through handles.
  • Learning the art of pairing fabric and pattern.

What is included in your class:

  • Lunch.
  • The Jack Tar pattern.
  • Machine threads.
  • A Bernina sewing machine and overlocker. We ask that you don’t bring your own sewing machine please.
  • 10% discount in the Rye shop from time of booking until your class finishes.
  • Plentiful supply of tea/coffee and small snacks.
  • A Merchant & Mills notebook and pencil.
  • All relevant Merchant & Mills tools and notions.



Fabric is not included in this class.

Dry oilskin and oilskin are ideal for this bag, but you can also use a cotton canvas or denim.

We strongly suggest that you choose a plain fabric  as the pattern matching required for checks and stripes takes a long time to do and can impact on completing the projects within the time allocated.


Jack Tar BagAmount Needed
Self 80cm wide without nap1.15M
Self 115 - 120cm wide without nap0.90M
Self 140 - 150cm wide without nap0.75M
Lining 80cm wide without nap1.10M
Lining 102 - 120cm wide without nap0.75M
Lining 136 - 150cm wide without nap0.55M
Leather Strap 2.5cm (1")0.70M
Rivets approx 9mm4
D Rings 2.5cm (1")2
Magnetic Clasp1
Webbing for Handle (optional)1.00M


Wed 22 Jan 10 - 5pm £100 ADD

Our courses are non refundable unless we have a reserve list, and we can fill your space.

We reserve the right to cancel the class giving you a two weeks notice. You will receive a full refund if your class is cancelled.

10% discount can not be used for purchases of future classes.