Create New Fabric From Offcuts 28th August


You don’t have to know how to use a sewing machine to make and repair textiles. After all, until the first Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century all clothing was sewn by hand. In this hand sewing and mending workshop you will learn the basic hand stitching techniques required to produce and mend garments and textiles.

We will cover the sewing techniques you need to start creating and mending your own clothes by hand. After some needle and thread basics, you will learn three easy, hand sewn stitches – running stitch, backstitch and hemming. We will also teach you simple decorative stitching techniques.

Working with these stitches, you will learn how to create strong and neat French seams, and take up a hem. You will take home a small hand sewn soft case with optional ‘sashiko stich’ embellishment.



Learn to upcycle fabric offcuts and scraps from previous projects to create a new piece of fabric! With guest teacher Catherine Ellen from The Essential Hat.

Repurpose those sweet small scraps from sewing projects that you usually throw away! In this workshop we will make a piece of unique fabric large enough to use in a separate sewing project such as a makeup bag, dopp kit or fabric container. As well as tutor demonstration, this workshop allows time for group discussion and sufficient time to create your own piece of fabric. Examples of fabric will be available to view as well as items created from the fabric.

Skill level: This workshop is suitable anyone with basic sewing machine skills — (ability to set up and thread a machine, wind a bobbin and sew straight stitch is preferable). If you don’t have these skills we can give you a very quick rundown or for a more comprehensive session, you may want to attend our Learn to Sew Intensive on August 21st. We welcome and include men and non-binary folk!

You can use your new fabric to Make a Dopp Kit in our follow up workshop on Sunday 4th September (Father’s Day) 2-4. Bring your Dad!

We will provide: Sewing machines and equipment, many fabric scraps, backing fabric, base colour fabric and tulle.

Bring along:  Your own machine if you prefer to use it instead of ours. A box of pins (we will be using lots of them!) We have quality pins for sale if needed. Textile scraps, remnants and offcuts you may have at home- lightweight fabrics are best (such as silk, organza, cotton etc). Old ribbons, sewing threads and habi scraps (laces and trims) are also great. If you have the following at home bring it. Otherwise we will provide this:
Roughly a square of fabric between 40x40cm and 50x50cm of:
– backing fabric ie. satin lining, calico, poplin, dupion silk.
– interfacing for stability – this could be plain poplin (a medium weight cotton fabric)
– base colour fabric, the base colour of your piece
– At least 50x50cm black tulle

Booking Policies:  Due to our small class numbers our workshops are NON REFUNDABLE and NON TRANSFERABLEBe sure to familiarise yourself with all our Refund and Cancellation Policies before booking to avoid disappointment.

Payment Options: Secure credit card payments via Stripe (inc Apple and Google Pay). Direct Deposit. Our bank details are in the confirmation email you will receive upon booking. Payment by Direct Deposit is required within 24 hours of booking to secure your place.