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Canberra Sewing Classes

26 Colbee Court
Phillip ACT 2606

Mon – Thu 9am – 3.30pm

Fri – 9am – 4.30pm

Saturday 9am – 2pm

Closed:

Sundays, Public Holidays &
Saturdays of Long Weekends

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02 6281 7555

Mon – Thu 9am – 3.30pm
Fri – 9am – 4.30pm
Saturday 9am – 2pm

Closed:
Sundays, Public Holidays &
Saturdays of Long Weekends

26 Colbee Court
Phillip ACT 2606

Here at Canberra Sewing, we offer a wide range of classes that cover a huge range of topics to suit all abilities.  Our teachers have years of experience in teaching a wide range of subject areas that cover on sewing and fitting garments to patchwork and quilting.  We have small class sizes for the best participant experience and ensure that classes all have the relevant paperwork so you know what to bring and what to expect.

Class bookings for the classes below can be made on-line. Click on “More Information and Booking” at the end of each class description to register.

Full payment must be made at the time of booking for a place to be allocated.

If a class is full, or listed below as available for waitlist, and you would like to be added to the waitlist please click here for the waitlist form.

If you are interested in other classes please let us know at info@canberrasewing.com.au

Available Classes

Drop in Tuesdays with Kerry Turner

Cost: $15

Date: Tuesdays 10am – 2pm

This is a 4-hour session where you can “drop in” at a time to suit you.  If you can only do an hour then that’s fine or ay for the whole session.  This is a social session and is run at a time when Kerry is also doing her shop shift.  This does mean that its not a teacher “supervised” class and you will get intermittent help and advice from a sewing teacher while picking up tips and tricks from each other.

These sessions will run every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
 
The teaching area is available for student to come and  have this time to sew and finish projects with no home or family interruptions.  Tea and coffee is available (included in the cost of the session).  We also have a great café next door where you can get some sweet treats or lunch if needed.

Each student will pay a very small fee of $15 regardless of how long you wish to stay for.  

To manage numbers and owing to space we are limiting this group size to 6 students initially.  There are no “no minimum” numbers for each session to run .

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Kerry’s “WIP” (Work In Progress), on Wednesday nights, with Kerry Turner

Cost: $35

Date: Wednesdays 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Come along Wednesday night’s 6pm-8.30pm make new friends or sew peacefully in a helpful and friendly sewing orientated environment. This session is after hours and therefore Kerry will be dedicated to assisting ll students on whatever project they are working on.

This is a great class to finish off projects you are having issues with; get advice on new projects; and get help with alterations and measurements and fabric cutting advice.

Uninterrupted sewing without stopping and starting, it will be your time! Tea and coffee available.

Bookings are essential – maximum of 6 per session.

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Young Sewers Satchel Bag – with Kerry Turner

Cost 60 + $25 kit (Pattern is included in kit)

Dates: Wednesday a& Thursday – 10th & 11th  July 2024

Times: 1pm to 3pm (12.30pm setup)

There is also an option of hiring a sewing machine from the shop. The cost will be $15 for two days. You will need to ring the shop (6281 7555) prior to the class and pay for the hire on the first day when you arrive.

This class is aimed at a beginner sewers from age 10-16 who has some knowledge of sewing or a quick learner.

This class will run over two days two hours each day. Each child will need a kit (included in price),  sewing machine and basic accessories (that can be purchased in store).

This is an introduction to sewing and its features to entice children to sew, and to have a fun experience also to meet like minded children that have similar interests.

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Cross-Body Bag with Leonie Fraser, 6 July 2024

Cost: $135

Date: 13th July 2024

Times: 10am – 2:30pm (9:30am setup)

Focus: Sewing bags on your home sewing
machine.

Level of skill required for this workshop: Suitable for all interested sewists. Being familiar with your machine; knowing how to thread it, change the bobbin, stitches, and the presser foot; is important.

In this workshop we will be inserting zippers, installing bag hardware, and exploring how to sew materials that will make our bags have a professional, even glamourous finish.

If you have ever wanted to try using cork fabric, canvas, faux leather, or
microsuede – this is the workshop for you. This bag uses a minimum of material and gives a very effective result. And, of course, it can be made using lightweight upholstery fabric or traditional quilter’s cotton. Why not try both? It is a bag you will want to make again once you master the techniques in this workshop!

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Children’s Beginner Sewing Class – Shorts – with Kerry Turner

Cost 60 + $25 kit

Dates: Monday 15th July and Wednesday 17th  July 2024

Times: 10am to 12pm (9.30am setup)

Cost $50 + $25 Kit (Pattern is included in kit)

There is also an option of hiring a sewing machine from the shop. The cost will be $15 for two days. You will need to ring the shop (6281 7555) prior to the class and pay for the hire on the first day when you arrive.

This class is aimed at a beginner sewers from age 10-16 who has some knowledge of sewing or a quick learner. During class the student will make a pair of shorts (PJ or day wear), with elastic waist and back patch pockets.

The student will  be cutting out their own pattern, taking simple measurements for fit.

Pockets will depend on the students’ level of skill.

Techniques learned will  be using a sewing machine, measuring, working with patterns, and the importance of seam allowances.

There is also an option of hiring a sewing machine from the shop. The cost will be $15 for two days. You will need to ring the shop (6281 7555) prior to the class and pay for the hire on the first day when you arrive.

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Sewing a Basic Shell Top with Lynne Johnson

Cost: $150

Dates:   Saturdays – 20 July, 27th July, 3rd August 2024

Times: 10am to 12pm (9.30am setup)

Focus: Finishing a garment

Do you want to start sewing garments for yourself or your friends and family. Would you love to learn how to read a pattern, choose a size and assemble and finish your garments so they look beautifully finished? This is a NEW 3- week course that we have added to our range of beginner sewing courses owing to demand from our customers.

Each lesson is 2-hours long and the course has been designed to take you through all you need to know about getting to understand basic garment construction. This course is focused on the techniques to make a basic shell top – the pattern is provided and is included in the course cost.

The course is aimed at the beginner sewer who have completed the 6-week beginner OR those who know their way around their sewing machine and basic cutting and want to extend their skills to making garments.

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Sewing Basic Shorts with Lynne Johnson

Cost: $150

Dates: Saturdays – 20 July, 27th July, 3rd August 2024

Times:12.30pm to 2:30pm (12pm setup)

Focus: Finishing a garment

Are you ready to move on from basic sewing and ready to start sewing garments from a sewing pattern? Have you done our beginners course and are keen to continue on your sewing journey. This course is the class for you. This is a fantastic 3 session course that’s suitable for beginners, it will teach you the basics and fundamentals of garment construction for a basic pair of shorts. This is a great class for all genders.

Some of the techniques you will learn include reading a paper patter, laying out your fabrics, choosing your size, making basic adjustments, sewing your garment together – hems, topstitching, elastic insertion, waistbands.

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Creative Beginners Quilt with Leonie Fraser

Cost: $400

Dates8th August, 10th August, and 17th August, 2024.

Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm  (9:00 setup)

Focus: Machine Pieced Patchwork

 

 

If you always wanted to try patchwork or dream of being able to make your own soft furnishings in colours and tones to suit you and yours, this workshop is for you! 

Level of skill required for this workshop: No previous experience with machine piecing required; suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand or review their skills

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Beginners Guide to Sewing with Lynne Johnson, commencing 21 August 2024

6 Week Course 

Cost $300

Dates: Wednesdays 21,& 28 August, 4, 11, 18 & 25 September 2024

Times: 10am – 12pm (9:30am setup)

This is a that we have added to our range of beginner sewing courses owing to demand from our customers. Suitable from a confident 14 year old up.

Each lesson is 2 hours long and the course has been designed to take you through all you need to know about getting to know your machine including threading, tensions, needle and thread selection and basic sewing machine maintenance right though to learning different seaming and sewing techniques that you can apply to several different projects.

There are four projects you will complete during this course (one of which is a fun homework project) including creating a Stitchery; making a needle nest and pin cushion; Cutting and sewing a thread catcher; and cutting and sewing a useful sewing organizer that converts into a sewing cover for your machine.

The course is designer for beginner sewists but may be also considered by someone who wants to refresh their skills.

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Love Your Overlocker with Lynne Johnson, commencing 24 August 2024

6 Week Course 

Cost: $300

Dates: 24 & 31 August, 7, 14, 21 & 28  September 2024

Times: 10am  – 12pm (9:30am setup)

Focus: Learn to Sew on an overlocker.

Level of skill required for this workshop: Beginner to advanced.

Lynne’s classes are very popular and are ideal for beginners and experienced sewers alike, for both practical applications and decorative possibilities.

Lynne will introduce you to the creative World of Overlocking with this course and will cover all aspects of your overlocker and typical overlocker issues. By the end of 6 weeks you will have a thorough understanding of your overlocker and what you can do with it.

This class is designed to teach you everything you need to know about your over-locker (any brand).  This class is sample based and at the end of the 6 weeks you will have a personal workbook that you be able to add to and refer to in the future.

Demonstrations of easy construction garments will be made at some of the classes and will be determined by the level of the class and class interest.

You will be encouraged to sew at home with your news skills for the duration of the 6 classes to get the most from the class

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Other Classes available for waitlist

Duplicate Pattern Making with Kerry Turner

How to Make a Pattern From a Garment 2

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Dates: TBA

Times: 10am to 12pm

Setup Time: 9.30am

Cost $50

This class will produce a pattern that you can use to make endless copies of a “garment that you love”. It’s very hard sometimes to find the perfect fitting pattern.  Sometimes you have an item at home, and you want to make more of the same. Use it as a starting point. If you start from a “fit block” it can sometimes be a long process and can be very challenging. Even working out proportions in design lines that suit you can be a challenge. This is two session class over two weeks. We will go through the best ways to take and make the pattern as close to the loved garment as possible without taking the garment apart. We will demonstrate with an intermediate garment, but you will start with a basic garment.

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More Jelly Rolls with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: $100

Date: TBA

Time: 9:00am setup for a 9:30am start, finishing at 3:00pm

Focus: Machine Pieced Patchwork using rotary cutters and rulers, and sewing techniques on your machine. This course can be completed without hand sewing or templates.Leonie has expanded her repertoire of Jelly Rolls patterns to include two more delightful quilts – so effective and so easy to make.

Jelly rolls are pretty, attractive to quilters because so much of the repetitive cutting has been done for you, but what pattern can you make with them that uses a whole jelly roll to make a decent sized quilt – and do it quickly?

Level of skill required for this workshop: No previous experience with machine piecing required; suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand or review their skills, or learn a design that can be completed relatively quickly.

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Quilt Top in a Day – Layer Cakes with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: TBA

Date: TBA

Time: 9.00am setup for a 9.30am  start, finishing at 3pm.

Layer cakes can contain hidden surprises – a package of 10” squares of a coordinating range of fabric – 42 of them.  By adding a simple contrast fabric, we can end up with a queen bed topper using just one layer cake – another perfect gift quilt that is easy to finish.  What is more, it can be quilted using straight line quilting for a fast finish.

Focus: Machine Pieced Patchwork using rotary cutters and rulers, and
sewing techniques on your machine.

This course can be completed without hand sewing or templates.

Level of skill required for this workshop: No previous experience with machine piecing required; suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand or review their skills, or learn a design that can be completed relatively quickly.

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More to Love about Your Overlocking Course with Lynne Johnson

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Cost $210

Dates: Wednesdays TBA

Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm, (12pm setup)

This is an extension to the Love Your Overlocker course which will be a mixture of revision and some new techniques.

In this next course, Lynne will spend three weeks with you reinforcing your current overlocking expertise, and taking your skills to the next level. She will also help you with individual projects – both new and unfinished!

This three week course will include the following:

  • Which stitch to use for different project requirements
  • Dealing with difficult fabrics
  • Corners, Curves, Stopping, Starting
  • Cover Stitch and chains stitch if your machine has these capabilities.

 Level of skill required for this workshop: You need to know the basics of overlocking, so this course is only suitable for intermediate to seasoned sewists.

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Knit Jersey Tee with Kerry Turner

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Cost $75

Dates: Mondays TBA

9.30am setup for a 10:00am start – 12 pm

Description

This class is designed to teach you the fundaments of sewing with knit fabric.

You can bring an overlocker and/or sewing machine to learn how to sew a basic knit tee.

We will talk about the types of stretch fabric and how they react to cutting and sewing.

The class will show you how to sew on a neck band. We will talk and demonstrate the different stitch types to sew knit fabrics in.

This is a beginner and intermediate class as you can do basic or more advanced sewing at the same time. We can also talk about what else we can use our knit tee pattern for in the future.

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Multi-Zip Bag with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: $200

Dates: TBA

Time: 10am – 2.30pm (setup 9.30am)

Focus of this workshop: bag construction using multiple zippers, internal pouches and bias binding to finish

The bag you will make becomes a versatile addition to your sewing accessories – or a wonderful gift for someone special to keep small tools, makeup accessories or treasured small toys hidden in with pens, pencils and scissors.

Level of Skill required for this workshop: Suitable for all sewers familiar with their machine, and how to change the sewing foot and stitch style.

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Children’s Beginner Sewing Class – Book Bag – with Kerry Turner

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Cost $50 + $25 Kit

Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday 16 and 17 January 2024

Time: 1 to 3pm (12.30pm setup )

Description:

This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of sewing and is aimed at beginner sewers aged between 8 and 16 years.

During the class students will make a basic bag, which will be constructed from multiple strips of fabric. The bag will be lined and have a handle.

The class will help students to discover and control their machines. If the student does not have a machine one can be hired from the shop for $15 for the two days.

There is also an option of hiring a sewing machine from the shop. The cost will be $15 for two days. You will need to ring the shop (6281 7555) prior to the class and pay for the hire on the first day when you arrive.

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Free Motion Quilting with Leonie Fraser – 3 Week Course

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Cost $450

Dates: TBA

Time: 9am setup for a 9:30am start until 2:30pm

Description

Quilting your own quilt in free motion quilting on your own sewing machine is very satisfying and you get the design that you want. It also saves a lot of money.

This course will encourage you to break away from straight lines with the walking foot to be more adventurous in your quilting, taking you through the steps required and boost your confidence and creativity.

Over the 4 sessions you will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in free motion quilting.  If you do all the sessions and homework, you can decide whether you will end up with cushions, a throw or a bed quilt.

You will choose your materials and will be provided with designs by Leonie that you can confidently complete at home.  Leonie will also assist you to decide whether designs you bring to class are suitable for free motion quilting.

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Cathedral Windows Quilt On Your Sewing Machine with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: $100

Dates: TBA

Time: 10am – 2.30pm (setup 9.30am)

Focus of this workshop: Sewing traditional quilt designs on your machine.

Level of skill required for this workshop: Suitable for all interested sewists. Being familiar with your machine; knowing how to thread it, change the bobbin, stitches, and the presser foot; is important.

In this workshop we will be using a traditional quilt design, Cathedral Windows, to make a very warm quilt that does not have a layer of batting in it. It is a great scrap-buster, using a multitude of fabric pieces to achieve the multi-coloured ‘windows’. If you have a pretty charm pack, layer cake or mini-charm pack that you were wondering what to make into, this could be the answer you are looking for!

The bonus is that you are quilting and finishing as you sew – you only need to decide when to stop and the quilt is ready to use.

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Going Crazy for Jelly Rolls with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: $100

Date: tba

Time: 9:00am setup for a 9:30am start, finishing at 3:00pm

Focus: Machine Pieced Patchwork using rotary cutters and rulers, and sewing techniques on your machine. This course can be completed without hand sewing or templates.

Leonie has done it again and expanded her repertoire of Jelly Rolls patterns to include another delightful quilt – so effective and so easy to make.

Jelly rolls are pretty, attractive to quilters because so much of the repetitive cutting has been done for you, but what pattern can you make with them that uses a whole jelly roll to make a decent sized quilt – and do it quickly?

The pattern shown makes up to a large single bed quilt and can quickly be adapted to a queen size by adding a second jelly roll. The quilt top makes a perfect gift for anyone, and the colours and tones can be modified by your choice of jelly roll. What is more, it can be quilted using
straight line quilting for a fast finish.

Level of skill required for this workshop: No previous experience with machine piecing required;
suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand, review their skills, or learn a design that can be completed relatively quickly.

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Children’s Sewing Class, Apron with Kerry

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Cost: $85 (includes $25 kit)

Dates: TBA

Time: 9:30am setup for a 10:00am start until 12pm

This class is designed to teach students the fundamentals of sewing and is aimed at beginner sewers aged between 9 and 16 years.

The class is an Apron as the next holidays are just before Mother’s Day could be a great opportunity to give a handmade gift. The children can be very new beginners in this class. They will sew a basic apron and if they are finished quickly, we can even add a pocket. They will learn basic threading and use of there machine while having an end product.

Note: There is also an option of hiring a sewing machine from the shop. The cost will be $15 for two days. You will need to ring the shop (6281 7555) prior to the class and pay for the hire on the first day when you arrive.

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Creative Cover Stitch with Lynne Johnson,

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6 Week Course 

Cost: $200

Dates: TBA

Times: 12:30 – 2:30pm (12pm setup)

Focus: Coverstitch.

Level of skill required for this workshop: Beginner to advanced.

This is a great class to learn about your Coverstitch Machine and unleash its potential. You will take home lots of new ideas for using your cover and chain stitches. If you enjoyed Lynne’s ‘Love Your Overlocker Classes’, you will be amazed at what you will learn with this class. Lynne will show you that Coverstitch and chain stitch are not only for hemming! Unlock your creative potential.

Learn how the tensions work to allow you to experiment with your accessory feet, different thread types and different needle combinations. You will use techniques to create different finishes with your cover stitch not just hems.

Stitching in the round will be a snap, and so will piping. Choose the way you want to finish to make a Tee shirt.

This course will develop a newfound confidence and understanding of your machine. Discover the many techniques to change the fabric you love to create with.

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Overlocker Projects with Lynne Johnson,

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6 Week Course 

Cost: $200

Dates: TBA

Times: 12:30 – 2:30pm (12pm setup)

Focus: Innovative ways to finish garments

Level of skill required for this workshop: Beginner to advanced.

This course is designed to make you more confident when sewing knit garments on your overlocker. Lynne will use different techniques to show you how to finish of a garment.
This will be the next step after you have done a basic overlocking beginner class. The course will reinforce what you have already learned and teach you so much more about making garments with your overlocker.

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Beginners Guide to Sewing with Lynne Johnson

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6 Week Course 

Cost $300

Dates: TBA

Times: 10am – 12pm (9:30am setup)

This is a that we have added to our range of beginner sewing courses owing to demand from our customers. Suitable from a confident 14 year old up.

Each lesson is 2 hours long and the course has been designed to take you through all you need to know about getting to know your machine including threading, tensions, needle and thread selection and basic sewing machine maintenance right though to learning different seaming and sewing techniques that you can apply to several different projects.

There are four projects you will complete during this course (one of which is a fun homework project) including creating a Stitchery; making a needle nest and pin cushion; Cutting and sewing a thread catcher; and cutting and sewing a useful sewing organizer that converts into a sewing cover for your machine.

The course is designer for beginner sewists but may be also considered by someone who wants to refresh their skills.

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Children’s Sewing Class, Hoodie made from a blanket with Kerry

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Cost: $60

Dates: TBA

Times: 10am to 12pm (9.30am setup)

This class is a class aimed at a beginner child from age 10-16.  This is learning about upcycling; they will take a blanket and use the hemmed edges to cut basic shaped hooded blanket. To wear in winter or cosy up to on the couch.

The child will learn to use their machine.

They will learn to place the pattern, so we use the seams on the blanket as hems on sleeves hems and hood edges, learn about seam allowance and how important it is.

This class possibly needs the children to have sewn a little with a family member, but some may be quick learners. They will learn about handling bulky items and stitching slowly to get a good product.

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Jelly Roll Diamond Tote with Leonie Fraser, 29 June 2024

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Cost: $135

Date: TBA

Times: 10am – 2:30pm (9:30am setup)

Focus: Sewing bags on your home sewing
machine.

Level of skill required for this workshop: Suitable for all interested sewists. Being familiar with your machine; knowing how to thread it, change the bobbin, stitches, and the presser foot; is important.

In this workshop we will be making a bag using jelly roll strips, bag foam and quilter’s cotton fabric that is a stylish addition to your shopping trips bound to get comments! This workshop is ideal for beginners and those who have made totes before but are looking for a different construction method to try. This tote has inset sides allowing it to keep its shape, and a construction method I predict you will want to apply to other projects. It is a bag you will want to make again once you master the techniques in this workshop!

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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Kaleidoscope Quilt with Leonie Fraser

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Cost: 225

Dates: TBA

Times: 10am – 2.30pm (9.30am setup)

Focus: Machine Pieced Patchwork using rotary cutters and rulers, and sewing techniques on your machine.A Kaleidoscope quilt is made using the colours of the fabric prints and clever cutting to make blocks that resemble the patterns made by a kaleidoscope. In this workshop, which introduces the techniques of Kaleidoscope quilting, we will use one print fabric only to create a myriad of different WOW blocks, and a sold fabric to join them together with.

Level of skill required for this workshop: No previous experience with machine piecing for quilting required; suitable for beginners and those wanting to expand or review their skills, or learn a design that can be completed relatively quickly. You will need to be familiar with your machine and confident with threading and selecting and changing stitches.

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Applique Tote with Leonie Fraser, 13 July 2024

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Cost: $135

Date: TBA

Times: 10am – 2:30pm (9:30am setup)

Focus: Sewing bags on your home sewing
machine.

Level of skill required for this workshop: Suitable for all interested sewists. Being familiar with your machine; knowing how to thread it, change the bobbin, stitches, and the presser foot; is important.

In this workshop we will be using applique to decorate the outside of a bag which will retain its shape with the use of bag stiffener. Finished with a scalloped edge and decorative handles, the tote has a magnetic closure and inserted sides, which can be cut in a feature or decorative fabric.

Different applique templates will be provided in the workshop, and you are encouraged to bring a design if you wish – but keep it simple if you want to get on with the bag construction inside the workshop time! The construction lends itself to adding pockets if you wish. It is a bag you will want to make again once you master the techniques in this workshop!

A materials list will be supplied on registration.

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