Patchwork for Beginners - Calverton Village Hall - Community Learning

Calverton Village Hall, Calverton

Key details

Date -
Sessions Tuesdays: 10:30am - 12:30pm
No. sessions 5
Venue Calverton Village Hall, Calverton
For ages 19+
Group size 5 - 12
Cost FREE - £45

About this course

Have you ever wanted to make a patchwork cushion or maybe a quilt? This supportive and fun course will teach you the skills you need to create a four block patchwork design suitable for making into a cushion or as the foundation for a quilt. No prior experience of patchwork is needed, although it will be an advantage if learners can hand stitch.  We shall use the English Paper Piecing method of patchwork


What will be covered on the course?   

  • How to draw out a four block design to work from in creating their patchwork 
  • Colour schemes and use of fabric prints in patchwork 
  • Making templates and paper pieces for this type of patchwork 
  • Hand stitching techniques appropriate to this form of patchwork  
  • Finishing patchwork to a high standard  
  • Social history of patchwork 
  • Benefits of patchwork as a creative, mindful craft 
  • Zero Waste principles of upcycling used garments or housewares into patchwork 

What will learners achieve by the end of the course 

  • By the end of this course, learners will have completed or will be able to complete a cushion, bag or make further blocks to work towards a quilt. Learners will know how to draft a design for a four block patchwork item.  They will be confident in working various shapes and sizes of patchwork design.  Learners will also develop skills in combining colours and prints in a patchwork design. 

Some basic hand stitching skills would be an advantage, but teaching of appropriate stitches will be incorporated into the course.  All other techniques will be included as part of the teaching 


You will need:

  • Off cuts, remnants ( minimum 7 inches or 20cm square, approximately) pieces of quilting fabric (cotton poplin weight) or cotton clothing which can be cut up (e.g a dress, blouse/shirt or skirt which is no longer wearable but still has some usable fabric); preferably your own sewing scissors. Ordinary craft scissors, needles, pins, threads, cardboard (e.g a back from a greetings card, or a cereal packet), pencil, mathematical compass and ruler, letter-weight paper (old letters or paper envelopes are fine) 
  • Packs of ‘fat quarters’ of suitable fabric weight can be purchased at Boyes, Hobbycraft, on eBay or at independent craft supplies shops.  A 40cm square (16”) cushion will need 3 or 4 fat quarters depending on the choice of prints and colours chosen. 
  • Additional fabric will be needed for borders and backing of cushions, zip and cushion pad will also be needed.  Further guidance will be given in the first class about exactly what and how much fabric to obtain.  
  • Access to a sewing machine is helpful for finishing your patchwork into a useable item.  
  • Inspire Handouts will be provided but you might need a pen and notepad to make notes 

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  https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/skills-learning/funding-your-courses/

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

  • Complete the EVENTBRITE BOOKING.
  • 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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