Sew a Patchwork Tote Bag

Have you discovered the joy of cutting up perfectly good fabric and then sewing it together again? Well here is a great introduction to make a patchwork cushion and learn the essentials of patchwork and quilting.
In this workshop you will be guided throughout and leave armed with many hints and tips to set you on the road to creating your own project and follow complex patterns.

Kirsty is highly creative and first experimented with patchwork and dressmaking (Traditional English paper piecing style) at an early age. Later, she became very involved in ceramics and had her own studio for a few years. A busy civil service career, marriage and children pushed most of that creativity to one side for a while. But when her husband was posted to the USA in 2011, she joined a quilting group and quickly caught the bug. Since then she has acquired a huge fabric stash, made many talented quilting friends and had a quilt exhibited at the Festival of Quilts. This was Kathryn Kerr’s 365 Challenge Quilt – a block every day for a year – which perfected her piecing skills and encouraged her to start teaching others.

Skill Level: Adventurous or Confident Beginner
Suitable for those who have basic sewing experience and can use a sewing machine with basic skill and confidence.

What you learn:
• Essentials of contrast and colour when choosing fabrics
• First steps in rotary cutting and machine piecing
• The importance of pressing
• Introduction to machine quilting

What you make

A patchwork shoulder Bag (see images)

We provide

Equipment  and use of tools

Time: One day workshop 10am – 5pm

(bring your own lunch)

Cost: £100 for the full day workshop and will include notes for the project

Numbers limited to 6

You will need to bring to this class 

Materials required to bring to TOTE bag class

1 pack of fat quarters 100% cotton or equivalent fabric for 12 squares (use fabrics that contrast and co-ordinate) this is roughly 6 x ¼ yard pieces

50cm piece of cotton drill or canvas or equivalent for base of bag (Jeans fabric is good) we can supply this but colours are limited

50cm plain cotton fabric for lining (must be 100% cotton) contrast in poplin weight would be good (something that contrasts with your squares)

50cm plain cotton fabric for quilt backing a light weight plain cotton (100% cotton wont be seen but should not be darker than lining)

50cm wadding use bamboo or 100% cotton We can supply this

1.5mts of 2.5cm wide cotton webbing for straps We can supply black or natural

2 reels of 50 weight 100% cotton thread grey will work for most projects.