Get to know your sewing machine 2

beginners sewing class at made and making Sussex

The perfect follow on course for anyone who has just learnt to use their sewing machine. Spending time working on this variety of projects will build skills and confidence as you become more and more familiar with the techniques involved.

The perfect follow-on course for anyone who has just learnt to use their sewing machine. 

This one-day workshop is also a great option if you already use your machine but feel you could be getting more out of it.

Cost

£65.00

Date

26 May 2021
Expired!

Time

9:30 am - 2:30 pm

What will we cover?

We’ve selected four brilliant projects – all perfect for gifts – that will allow you to practise valuable techniques such as pattern cutting, seaming, finishing and inserting a zip. 

 

You’ll build your skills and confidence by making a:

  • foldaway shopper
  • tissue holder 
  • zipped pouch 
  • and notebook cover.

 

The tissue holder project is a chance to learn about the Prym popper system – these poppers are great for adding to all sorts of different projects.

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?

Yes, you need to have attended our Get to know your sewing machine course, or have a good, basic understanding of how to use your machine.

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

If you bring your own machine, please ensure you have your foot pedal and accessories with you. 

Please bring colour-matching cotton for each project. Other materials required are as follows.

 

Foldaway shopper 

The following sizes of fabric should be in a lightweight cotton:

  • for the main bag: two pieces 38cm wide x 44cm tall 
  • for the handles: two strips 9 x 80cm 
  • and a contrast piece for the corner: 36 x 25cm. 

Cord and toggle will be provided.

 

Tissue holder

Please bring two pieces of fabric – one for the outside and one for the lining – both 20cm x 15cm.

This works best with normal 100% cotton fabric. Patchwork fabrics are ideal and can be bought in handy fat quarters. 

 

Zipped pouch

Please bring two pieces of fabric – one for the outside and one for the lining – both at least 30cm x 40cm. This works best with medium weight, 100% cotton fabric. 

You will also need one standard zip at least 26cm long.

 

Notebook cover

For the outside: medium weight, 100% cotton fabric, at least 33cm wide x 24cm tall. 

For the lining: lightweight, 100% cotton fabric, at least 33cm wide x 24cm tall. 

Two pieces for the inside flaps of your cover: 17cm wide x 24cm tall.

What will I take home with me?

You’ll take home all the items you’ve made plus detailed instruction sheets so that you can return to these projects again in future.

Refreshments

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

Photography

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.

Tutor

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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