PITLOCHRY & DISTRICT
adult education association
Autumn Classes 2017
Sewing skills and projects with re-use and recycle in mind, with Roobedo
6 week course
Wednesday nights from 8th November 2017
7.00pm – 9.00pm, Pitlochry High School
This will be a relaxed sewing evening hopefully inspiring you to create something new from old, with an emphasis on upcycling and refashioning textiles. If you have a sewing machine, please bring it along, and any fabrics / old garments / trims and bits & bobs to use, as well as a basic sewing kit.
I will have some little projects for you to try out each week including making a Hobo bag, fabric covered books, wrist warmers, woolly mittens and zippy purses. Each project will involve simple sewing skills which will be taught through demonstration, exemplars and notes. You can also bring along projects of your own to share and inspire others, and Ruth will also be on-hand to help you alter and customise any clothing you wish to bring along.
The hobo bag is a style of handbag or purse that is typically large and characterized by a crescent shape, a slouchy posture and a long strap designed to wear over the shoulder. Hobo bags are made out of soft, flexible materials and tend to slump, or slouch, when set down.
You will have access to a pattern and samples, and I will guide you through the steps to create this style of bag, which you can then learn to scale up or down and use different fabrics, as well as add details to really make it your own.
(Image courtesy of http://www.handmadiya.com/2015/11/fabric-bag-hobo-diy.html)
Simple zippy purses
Looking at creating different shapes, such as triangles and cubes, as well as exploring how to line your creations, to make a really polished product! (Old jeans, scraps work well for these)
Image courtesy of http://www.handmadiya.com/2015/10/diy-triangle-zipper-pouch-tutorial.html
This will be an introduction to the method of covering books – whether it’s a perfect hardback novel / reference book you’ve found, or a hard back notebook. Simply bring along the book, some fabric big enough to wrap it up like a present, and thread.
Image by Roobedo
Wrist warmers and woolly mittens
Bring along any old jumpers – try washing them first, and possibly Dylon machine dyeing in your favourite colour to brighten them up and felt them. This makes the jumpers thicker and more sturdy for your designs. Add satin ribbons, beads and buttons to really make these a beautiful gift.
Image by Roobedo
Throughout the 6 weeks, we will also look at technical details such as zips, bindings, free machine embroidery, collage and surface decoration techniques in general.