I design my patterns to be like a bag-making class instead. As anyone who has used one of my patterns will tell you, I load the instructions with lots of hand-holdy step-by-step diagrams, tips and explanations.
However - classes are lots of fun, and can teach you a whole lot more - especially if you're a doing kind of learner.
If you're looking for a class and you happen to live within cooee of Newcastle in NSW - you can always book into one of Gay's classes at Handmade Studio in Blacksmiths. Gay uses my patterns for her bag-making classes. Perhaps you could tie in a class with a weekend at the beach...?