Children’s sewing class – Learn to sew a fabric bookmark

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Children’s sewing class –

Learn to sew fabric bookmarks

This class is ideal for children who have never used a sewing machine before or if they don’t feel that confident. Time will be spent at the beginning going through how to use the machine and practising. If your child has used a machine before then they will be able to crack on with the project and have more time to create!

In this children’s sewing class, you will learn how to make some fabulous fabric bookmarks.  Be inspired, unleash your creativity and learn a fantastic skill at the same time. There are 2 types of bookmarks and each one can be completely unique as you can customise them as you wish.

 

 

 

 

For children in Year 5 and above.

Equipment and Materials:

  • Janome sewing machines and basic sewing tools provided to use.
  • All fabric and materials for the project are included.
  • Soft drinks/biscuits included.

Other points to note:

  • Finger guards will be fitted to the sewing machines which prevent fingers getting too close to the sewing needle
  • I have an up to date DBS check

Other points to note:

  • There will be a selection of fabrics to choose from. Alternatively if you would prefer to supply your own fabric just let me know and I can give you the dimensions.

Cost £25 

 

  

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Monday 20th February 2023 10am-12.30pm

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Children’s sewing class –

Learn to sew fabric bookmarks

This class is ideal for children who have never used a sewing machine before or if they don't feel that confident. Time will be spent at the beginning going through how to use the machine and practising. If your child has used a machine before then they will be able to crack on with the project and have more time to create!

In this children’s sewing class, you will learn how to make some fabulous fabric bookmarks.  Be inspired, unleash your creativity and learn a fantastic skill at the same time. There are 2 types of bookmarks and each one can be completely unique as you can customise them as you wish.

 

 

 

 

For children in Year 5 and above.

Equipment and Materials:

  • Janome sewing machines and basic sewing tools provided to use.
  • All fabric and materials for the project are included.
  • Soft drinks/biscuits included.

Other points to note:

  • Finger guards will be fitted to the sewing machines which prevent fingers getting too close to the sewing needle
  • I have an up to date DBS check

Other points to note:

  • There will be a selection of fabrics to choose from. Alternatively if you would prefer to supply your own fabric just let me know and I can give you the dimensions.

Cost £25 

 

  

Learn to sew with oilcloth

Oilcloth can be a really tricky fabric to work with. This 3 hour learn to sew with oilcloth class will teach you the essential skills of sewing with oilcloth and you will make 2 fantastic zipped pouches to take home.

You will learn lots of useful sewing skills including cutting out of fabric accurately, top tips for how to sew with oilcloth and changing feet on the machine. This class includes inserting a zip so you will also learn how to use the zipper foot and how to insert a zip into oilcloth.

You will learn:

  • Cutting out of fabric accurately
  • Top tips for how to sew with oilcloth
  • Changing feet on the machine and use of the zipper foot
  • How to insert a zip into oilcloth
  • Top stitching
  • Sewing gusset corners if sewing the ‘boxy’ pouches

You will make 2 pouches to take home.

  • Your first pouch will be a standard zipped pouch for coins or pencils etc (floral design on the picture)
  • Then for your second pouch you can do another standard pouch or choose between 2 other design options –  either the standard boxed pouch (pale pink and white spots in picture) or taller pouch with boxed corners at the bottom only (grey and white diamonds on the picture)

Equipment and Materials:

  • Janome sewing machines and selection of sewing tools provided to use – including rotary cutters and self healing mats
  • All materials included including a small selection of several oilcloths and zips
  • Photographic handout of the skills learnt in the workshop will be emailed after the workshop
  • Tea & Coffee included

Optional:

You are welcome to bring a your own oilcloth – if so get in touch and I will let you know how much you will need.

Cost £45

Lorna says:

“Oilcloth can be a nightmare to sew with! However, once you learn some top tips about sewing with it, you can make a whole variety of projects using it – aprons, tote bags, placemats, peg bags. It’s a great fabric to use as it can be wiped clean. Come along and gain some confidence sewing with this versatile fabric!

Learn to sew a buttonhole cushion cover with self covered buttons

Learn to sew a gorgeous buttonhole cushion cover with self covered buttons in this 3 hour sewing class! Take your sewing skills and your handmade cushions to the next level by learning how to sew automatic buttonholes on the sewing machine. You will learn:
  • How to accurately mark out and position buttonholes
  • How to sew automatic buttonholes on the sewing machine
  • Tips on how to cut open buttonholes neatly and safely
  • How to make self covered buttons
  • How to hand sew self covered buttons into place
  • There will be the option of using the overlocker with guidance to finish off raw edges but not compulsory
The planned finished size of the cushion cover will be 35cm x 35cm square but you can choose to alter the size depending on your needs. Supplies What will be provided:
  • 3 x metal buttons to be self covered
  • Use of sewing machines, tools and overlocker for finishing if required
  • Photographic handout of the skills learnt in the workshop will be emailed to you after the class
  • Cushion pad is not supplied
You will need to bring:
  • Medium weight woven fabric (not stretchy)
  • If fabric is 115cm wide you will need 1m of fabric
  • If fabric is 145cm wide you will need 0.5m of fabric
  • Matching/co-ordinating machine thread (a selection of Gutermann threads are available to buy at the studio)
If time allows you are welcome to make a second cushion cover or make a start on one. Additional self covered buttons will be available to purchase from the studio. Cost £40 Lorna says: “I am really excited to bring this brand new class to the studio. Creating self covered buttons is one of my favourite techniques and when used on a cushion cover they look so professional. Learning to sew automatic buttonholes with the machine is a total game changer too! This is an ideal progression from a beginners class.”

Learn to sew a pouf

Learn to sew a pouf in this day sewing class. The Closet Core Pouf is the ultimate scrap busting project. It’s a fun and easy quilting project that also makes additional seating or a nice rest for your tired feet. Not only can you use up your scraps of fabric for the outside of the pouf but wait for it – you can actually fill it with scraps too!! If you have bags of scraps that are bursting at the seams, this is a perfect project for you! This is a Level 3 class – it is suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before, can confidently thread the machine and bobbin and have sewn several projects before. Please get in touch if you are not sure whether this is a suitable level for you. In order to save time on the day, the paper pattern templates will be sent out to you in advance so that you can cut out your fabric pieces prior to the class. They can also be downloaded free from the Closet Core website here. You will learn how to:
  • How to sew your own piping
  • How to insert a zip (standard or invisible)
  • How to finish off raw edges neatly using a zig zag stitch or overcast foot. The overlocker will be available for you to use if you are familiar with an overlocker and confident using it.
What is included:
  • Paper templates for the pouf which will be sent out in advance of the class.
  • Full tuition in order to make your garment
You will need:
  • Fabric  – it is recommended to use a sturdy, medium to heavyweight fabric.  You can use lighter weight fabric if you interface them first – in which case you will need enough fusible interfacing to interface your fabric pieces.
  • 1 x 22″ zipper (an invisible zipper or regular one)
  • Machine thread
  • Optional – piping cord and fabric for piping
  • Lunch – please bring lunch to have or feel free to visit one of the shops or cafes in Knowle.
Cost £85 Lorna says: “I absolutely love my pouf that has pride of place in our living room. Having made this entirely from fabric pieces in my stash and then filling it with scraps, it is very satisfying to put them all to good use. You can also top up the filling with old clothes, blankets, towels etc. It’s a great project for combining lots of different skills too.

Bookings

£85.00

Beginners dressmaking course –

Learn to sew a skirt

Have you always wanted to learn to make your own clothes? Did you make your own clothes in the past and would love to get back into it and refresh your skills? This 4 week beginners dressmaking course will teach you essential dressmaking skills to take you right from measuring yourself accurately and reading a sewing pattern through to making a skirt, with lots of fun along the way!! You will need to be able to use your sewing machine confidently in the basic stitches – straight stitch, reverse stitch and zig zag stitch and have made a few projects before (not necessarily any garments). Please get in touch if you are uncertain about whether or not it is for you. If you need a beginners class or a refresher then have a look at beginners classes available or a 1 to 1 session. This is a 4 week course aimed at:
  • those who are beginning their dressmaking journey
  • those who would like to refresh their skills
  • those who would like to make a project over a longer amount of time to really get to grips with core techniques
  • anyone who would like to learn to make an a-line skirt in a social setting (online in a small group)
The 4 week course aims to build your confidence in using a sewing machine and develop and progress your skills. With 4 consecutive weeks, 12 hours of time in the group and lots of opportunity to practice techniques, it is an ideal opportunity to consolidate skills and really get to grips with dressmaking over a short period. The pattern you will be using will be the Sew Over It Ava skirt. It has the choice of 2 different hem lengths – below the knee and above the knee. The skirt features darts at the front and back for shaping, a regular centre back zip, narrow waistband and in-seam pockets! It’s a really versatile skirt and looks good made up in a lighter weight fabric for Spring/Summer or corduroy/needlecord/lightweight denim for Autumn/Winter.

**Please note the size range of the pattern is:

Waist –  ranging from smallest size approx 24″(61cm)  to largest size approx 50″(127cm) maximum. Hips –  ranging from smallest size approx 34″(86cm)  to largest size approx 60″(152cm) maximum. Please refer to the following blog post in order to measure your waist accurately. Please get in touch if you are unsure whether or not this pattern is suitable for you.

Course outline

Week 1: Dressmaking basics and practising of skills Learn how:
  • To measure yourself accurately
  • To translate your body measurements and use the pattern tables to determine which size pattern to cut and how much fabric and notions to buy
  • Sew darts
  • Change feet on the sewing machine and use of the zipper foot
  • Insert a standard (centred) zip
Week 2: Further development of dressmaking skills and preparation of pattern/fabric Continue building on skills learnt in week one. Learn how:
  • To lengthen/shorten pattern pieces if required
  • To select which pattern pieces to use
  • Recognise common symbols and abbreviations used on sewing patterns
  • To identify the selvedge and grainline of fabric and layout your pattern pieces correctly on the fabric
  • To transfer pattern markings onto the fabric.
  • To cut out of fabric accurately
  • To apply interfacing to give structure to projects
Weeks 1 and 2 will prepare for the skirt project in weeks 3 and 4. Weeks 3 and 4: Make a skirt Bring together all of the skills you have learnt in weeks 1 and 2 and add some more in order to make your skirt!!   This is a classic skirt pattern and a perfect project for beginner dressmakers. Additional skills you will learn:
  • How to attach a waistband
  • How to neatly sew on hooks and eyes
  • How to machine or hand sew a hem
  • Optional skill if confident and time allows – sewing an automatic buttonhole
What is included:
  • Practise fabric and 2 x practise zips for week 1
  • Skirt pattern (Sew Over It Ava skirt) for final skirt project worth £17.00.
What you need to supply:
  • Materials for skirt project to include fabric, matching thread, zip and hook/eye. You will be advised on how much fabric to bring and what sort of fabric to choose prior to the course. Suitable fabrics will be cotton, needlecord, corduroy, lightweight denim/chambray.

Cost: £150

Additional information Maximum of 6 spaces. Lorna says: “I absolutely love teaching this course. I have allowed plenty of time for people to practise skills and get to grips with core skills ready to make the skirt. People will really have lots of opportunity to learn, develop and progress their skills all within a sociable and friendly setting. Learning together is so much fun and people really benefit from the support of others and sharing ideas.  A skirt was the very first skirt I made for myself so I know it was a great start for me !!

Introduction to patchwork and quilting

In the introduction to patchwork and quilting class, you will learn the essential basic skills of quilting and make a pretty patchwork sampler. This sewing class is suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before and can confidently thread the machine and bobbin. If you need a beginners class or a refresher then have a look at beginners classes available or get in touch for a 1 to 1 session.

You will learn:
  • What materials and equipment you will need in order to make a quilt
  • How to cut fabric pieces accurately using a rotary wheel, quilting ruler and self healing mat
  • How to use an even feed/walking foot
  • How to piece squares together accurately to make your sample topper
  • How to layer your quilt sampler together to prepare for the quilting stage
  • How to quilt your sample with a simple design
  • How to make your own quilt binding
  • How to bind your quilt sampler using the sewing machine and by hand
  • How to sew a mitred corner
You will make a quilt sampler that is a 3 X 3 square block (approx size 11.5″ x 11.5″) This would make a pretty wall hanging or mat to display flowers on/ornaments. The bias binding provided for the edging will be plain white. Equipment and Materials: What is included:
  • White bias binding for quilt binding
  • Wadding
  • White backing fabric
  • Machine thread
  • Photographic handout of the skills learnt in the workshop will be emailed to you after the class
What you need to bring:
  • Fabric squares for the patchwork front. You will need 9 squares of 4.5″ x 4.5″. Scraps of fabric or fat quarters would be ideal. You could have 9 different fabrics or as a minimum you could have 4 of one design and 5 of another.
If you would like me to provide some scraps of fabric to use for the front then please let me know.  Cost £45 Lorna says: “Patchwork and quilting can be extremely therapeutic and satisfying. This workshop is perfect for getting you started and will teach you the essential skills you would need to be able to go on and make your first quilt. Be warned – it can get addictive!!”

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Monday 20th February 2023 10am-12.30pm

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