Machine Sewing for Beginners - Festive Creations - High Pavement House, Sutton-in-Ashfield - Adult Learning

High Pavement Learning Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield

Key details

Date -
Sessions Saturdays: 10am - 12:30pm
No. sessions 6
Venue High Pavement Learning Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield
For ages 19+
Group size 5 - 8
Cost FREE - £45.50

About this course

This course is for anyone who loves the winter holidays and wants to learn to use a sewing machine, even if you have never touched one before. We will learn all about our machine from threading up, filling a bobbin and beginning to stitch, cutting patterns, adding pockets, zips and buttons and in the process make wonderful festive textile gifts and decorations. 

This course your gateway to new and exciting sewing adventures. 

We will start by getting to grips with our machine and making a simple festive table runner. We will then move on to bunting, stockings and tree ornaments. Additional time can be spent making more ornaments, gift bags and scrappy fabric chains. 

By the end of the course, you will: 

  • Have at least three festive decorations to take home  
  • Be able to work safely and confidently with a sewing machine 
  • Understand the importance of using the correct needles, feet and thread for the project 
  • Understand how simple patterns are used  
  • Be able to create and finish different types of seams 
  • Use bindings and create ties 
  • Have an understanding of different types of fabric and thread and be able to choose the correct ones for your project

You will not need everything on the first day of the course 

  • Fabric 2 meters total of cotton or polycotton woven fabric, not stretch. Festive themed fabric in the colour’s of your choice. White faux fur fabric fat quarter 
  • Polyester Thread – to match or contrast your fabric 
  • Hand sewing kit can come in handy with pins, needles and scissors 
  • Fabric iron on interfacing is handy if your fabric is thin (optional) 

After week one 

  • Wadding – light weight 1 meter  
  • Bias binding  to match or contrast your fabric 
  • Woven tape or ribbon to hang bunting  
  • Beads and buttons for decoration 
  • Elastic, ribbon, embroidery thread or braid for decoration (not essential)  
  • Any other fabric, thread or decorative items you might like to use

Suggested Reading for the course:  

Very Easy Guide to Using Your Sewing Machine by Wendy Gardiner. Publication 2013  

ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844488285 

Half Yard Winter Collection by Debbie Shore. Publication 2022.  

ISBN 13/EAN: 978-1782219293 

Dressmaking: The Easy Guide by Hellen Rhiannon. Publication: 23 June 2023 

ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218913 

Booking your place and fee information

If you are in receipt of certain benefits you will be offered the course for free, however if you have a financial barrier which may prevent you from enrolling on the course, please visit our webpage for further information

To secure your place on the course BOTH the following must be done:

  • Complete our INSPIRE ONLINE ENROLMENT FORM for each person attending the course.

You should be redirected to the Inspire Online Enrolment Form after completing the Eventbrite booking.  If you are not redirected, please use the link supplied in the Eventbrite booking confirmation email.

To book and enrol on one of our courses, you must have been living in England and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years.

Some exceptions may apply if you are living in England with evidence of the right to remain and are from an EEU/EEAU country (completion of a questionnaire will be required).  As we no longer receive funding for our ESFA-funded courses for learners living in the devolved areas listed below, full cost fees would apply to these courses if you live in these areas:

  • Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield 
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater London
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • West Yorkshire

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