This creative textiles upcycling workshop will show you how to make a gorgeous and unique evening bag from fabric scraps.
Improvers onwards (Basic sewing machine experience required)
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From rags to bags - textile recycling at its most glamorous! This workshop was developed from my extremely popular 'Rags to Riches' except you get to make a gorgeous little evening bag. Usually only run at Christmas-time, but now so popular, I've rolled it out for the rest of the year too. These embroidered bags are the perfect accessory to a wedding outfit, or for a special holiday night out.
Who is this aimed at?
What will I learn?
- repurpose old clothing, household textiles, and scraps of trimmings
- use the utility stitches of a basic sewing machine for decorative effects
- learn how to use metallic transfer foils to add a bit of bling.
- make a lovely little evening bag in your choice of two styles offered.
Fabrics for the decorative panel are provided but if you have any scraps of fabrics, ribbons, trims, or old clothes you’d like to use, then please bring them along, particularly if you have a specific colour scheme in mind. Small colourful print patterns work well, as do satins, velvets, lace and brocade to add a touch of luxury. You will have to bring a small amount of fabric for the main body of the bag and the lining. Your new textile panel can be further embellished by couching on ribbons, or cords, and adding beads. This technique is perfect for creating a 'memory cloth' so your bag can have special significance. The fabrics also make lovely cards, jewellery or to cover gift boxes.
Sewing machines and materials are provided. If you bring your own machine, remember your power cable, instruction manual and bobbins too. I'll advise the fabric requirements when you book. If you'd like to use free-motion embroidery, then you'll also need a darning foot suitable for your make and model of machine.