Bag Making Retreat

Tops and Bobbins is excited to be hosting a two-day Bag Making Retreat September 15 & 16, 2017 at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Hesperia, California

Your instructors for this event are Linda Rizzardi,
and her helpers Denise & Kathrine Dowdrick.


Linda Rizzardi, the talented seamstress behind Makes Me Smile Designs, is also a fantastic teacher and bagmaker extraordinaire! Linda will be teaching the popular Swoon Bonnie Bucket Bag pattern- choose from the traditional or modified drawstring top versions.

Denise Dowdrick is the owner of Tops and Bobbins Quilt Shoppe. Denise, along with her oldest daughter, Kathrine, enjoy sewing and creating together. Kathrine is a soon-to-be Chemistry graduate who is a prolific bagmaker in her spare time. This mother/daughter team will be offering a Bonus bag project on the second day of the retreat!

Our retreat location is the comfortable Marriott Courtyard Hotel, just 4 miles from Tops and Bobbins Quilt Shoppe in Hesperia, California. We have reserved their spacious Conference Room for a weekend of sewing fun!

Lunch & Dinner are included on both Friday & Saturday- there are also several restaurants close to the hotel and convenient freeway access to I-15 at Main Street.

We have limited this retreat to 12 students to provide every student adequate instruction and consideration. Our cozy group ensures you will make several new friends!

Our timeline for the weekend is as follows:

  • (Optional) Thursday, September 14- Check in at the hotel after 3pm.

  • Friday, September 15- Class with Linda 10am-5pm, (includes a 1 hour lunch break).

    Dinner will be served after class, followed by open sewing until midnight.

  • Saturday, September 16- Choose from open sewing or a Bonus bag project:

    the Blue Calla Clematis from 10am-5pm, (includes a 1 hour lunch break).

    Dinner will be served after class, followed by open sewing until midnight.

The Retreat price of $199.95 includes a set of acrylic templates (a $50 value!) for the modified Swoon Bonnie, Lunch and Dinner on Friday & Saturday, and use of the Conference Room for class & open sewing, and a special reduced room rate if you choose to spend the night at the Marriott Courtyard. Alternatively, you may choose your own accommodations if you wish to stay elsewhere, or you reside near Hesperia.

Two Sailrite LSZ-1 machines will be available for Retreat attendees to use, along with a steam press, grommet press, irons, and other tools. A Janome sewing machine may be rented for the duration of the Retreat for an additional fee of $50.
You'll receive a list of needed supplies by email after you are registered.

Hotel Information:

Courtyard Victorville Hesperia

9619 Mariposa Road

Hesperia, California 92345

Phone: (760) 956-3876
Marriott Courtyard website

Skill Level: Experienced Beginner to Intermediate
Requirements: Bonnie Bucket Bag pattern from Swoon Sewing Patterns
Instructor: Linda Rizzardi Cancellation Policy: No refunds unless cancellation is made 30 days prior to class or class is cancelled by instructor.

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
Company Info
  • Phone: (760) 881-4025
  • 15550 Main Street, Suite B-6
    Hesperia, CA
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
    Closed Sunday & Monday
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