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.

During the course of this session we will make 4 great projects all of which make perfect gifts; a foldaway shopper, tissue holder, zipped pouch and notebook cover.

Each project builds skills including pattern cutting, seaming, finishing and inserting a zip. On the tissue cover holder there will also be the opportunity to learn about the Prym popper system. These poppers are great for adding to all sorts of different projects.





26 May 2021


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

What you will need

  • 1. The foldaway shopper

For this you will need lightweight cotton; for the main bag  – 2 pieces 38cm wide by 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.

  • 2. Tissue Holder

This works best with normal 100% cotton fabric, patchwork fabrics are ideal and can be bought in handy fat quarters. The case is lined and you need to bring two pieces 20cm by 15cm

  • 3. Zipped pouch

This works best with medium weight 100% cotton fabric. The pouch is lined. Please bring fabric for the outside and lining both at least 30cm by 40cm. You will also need one standard zip at least 26cm long.

  • 4. Notebook cover

This works best with medium weight 100% cotton fabric and is lined (lighter weight cotton). Please bring at least 40cm by 30cm of each.


Please also remember to bring colour matching cotton.

Covid precautions

Whilst we continue to live with Covid where at all possible please bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit. Resources are available on-site if necessary. Please view our Covid-19 page for the latest guidance.


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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