Sew Your Own Bag

Ref: C3675353

During this fun course you will have the opportunity to make a selection of very different bags, with the guidance of the tutor. You will be shown how to use the sewing machine safely, instructed on how to cut out your fabric using a pattern and how to sew the bag together to create a unique item. At the start you will need a sewing kit comprising of: pins, tape measure, tailors chalk, fabric scissors,and an un-picker. Further into the course you will need your own fabric for two of the bags, but this will be discussed once classes begin. No previous sewing experience is needed, as the course is for beginners as well as improvers, so why not enrol and have a go.

Course aim

The aim of this creative new course is to make a selection of bags, from a simple tote bag to a personalised hand bag.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use a sewing machine and overlocker safely.
  • Use a sewing pattern provided by the tutor
  • Pin and cut out fabric safely
  • Follow instructions, through demonstration, to make a bag
  • Discuss with tutor/group what sewing techniques have been used

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A sewing kit including: pins, scissors, tailors chalk, tape measure, un-picker, own fabric for two bags (not required until later in course), and thread to match fabric. Pencil and rubber.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Sew Your Own Bag


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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