Flip n stitch cushion

sewing classes Sussex

This is a fantastic fun project. No patchwork experience is needed, you just need to be competent with your machine (able to thread and wind a bobbin etc).

Using just simple strips you will create this stunning cushion cover but it could just as easily become a bag. Rest assured this is going to be a fun session and you will definitely go on to make more, everyone does.

Not just about the patchwork you will also learn how to insert a lapped zip in a cushion for a professional finish. Many attendees are often inserting a zip for the first time and, using our tried and tested techniques, are amazed at the finish they get. Come on, let’s be brave!




28 Mar 2023


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

What will we cover?

The flip n stitch technique involves attaching your patchwork to a base fabric, then turning to the right side and quilting it in place before moving on. 


As well as exploring some basic patchwork and cushion-making techniques, you’ll also learn how to insert a lapped zip. 


If you’re inserting a zip for the first time (attendees often are), you’ll be amazed by the professional finish you get using our tried and tested technique. This is a really valuable skill to take forward.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work. 


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can. 

Do I need any previous experience or skills?

No patchwork experience is needed. You do, however, need to be competent with your sewing machine (able to thread and wind a bobbin etc).

Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

You’ll need to bring:

  • 10 x 2.5 inch jelly roll* strips. (A whole jelly roll makes approximately five of these cushion fronts.)
  • 1 x 10cm square piece of the fabric for the centre
  • 1/2m of fabric, or a piece approx 75cm tall by 50cm wide, for the back of the cushion.
  • At least two normal size reels of cotton to match your design (this project does eat thread).
  • A zip at least 45cm/18″.  

All other materials are provided

*The term ‘jelly roll’ was coined by Moda Fabrics. It refers to a set of pre-cut strips of fabric in coordinating designs. Each strip is 2.5 inches cut across the width of the fabric – a standard jelly roll usually has around 42 of these strips.


What will I take home with me?

A detailed handout, your lovely cushion cover, leftover fabric and ideas for what to do with it.


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.


Vanessa Cordell
Vanessa Cordell

Having trained and worked as an accountant, Vanessa only took up sewing once her two daughters started school. She found real joy in creating things for others. As well as dressmaking, she loves patchwork and making things for the home. (Her husband thinks there are more than enough cushions already!) Vanessa is also becoming competent at crochet, thanks to Made and Making's Sarah Brangwyn. It's a hobby that she finds far easier to take on holiday than a sewing machine!

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