Sewing for beginners: make a tote bag

10th & 11th Feb. 2-5pm. Book Your Place

Even absolute beginners will gain knowledge, confidence and a brand new bag in this comprehensive back-to-basics 3-hour workshop.

Sewing is an incredibly satisfying and useful pastime but many people who have never sewn before are daunted by the thought of using commercial patterns and sewing machines. This workshop takes the mystery out of the jargon and symbols. You will learn how to use a pattern, prepare the fabric, cut out and transfer marks. You will thread the machine and discover its basic functions. You will put all this into practice by making a simple tote bag and by the end will have the skills and confidence to continue your new hobby in your own time.

Suitable for: absolute beginners; those who haven’t sewn for a while and would like a refresher.

All equipment and materials provided.

If you would prefer to bring your own fabric then you are welcome to. In this case you will need 1m of 152cm (60″) wide fabric. Stiff cottons such as denim, twill, canvas or upholstery material will work best. (If your chosen fabric is 115 cm wide you will need 1.2m).

About Emma Nisse

Emma is by trade a graphic designer but she has been sewing since the age of five and is now a designer and founder of Secondary Modern, an online shop and gallery where she sells her own handmade homeware and stationery. She also undertakes bespoke commissions. Emma’s work reflects her love of 20th century design and decoration and she uses vintage and upcycled materials wherever possible.

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