Bag Making

Ref: C2339652

During the course we will start with how to use a domestic sewing machine. We will cover everything from how to thread up to how to trouble shoot tension issues etc. We will learn skills like to how put a zip in and different seam techniques. We will practice the appliqué method and how to decorate fabrics using free machine embroidery and hand stitch . We will use patterns and make a range of bags and purses. I am aiming for a bag for a night out, weekend away, day to day bag and even a bag for those walks out at the park. I will have a range of fabric for the smaller bags but you will be given a list of what to get each week for the next week for the larger projects.

Course aim

In this class we will learn how to use the sewing machine and make a range of small, medium and large sized simple sewn bags. We will use commercial patterns and also learn to make our own.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • learn how to use the sewing machine effectively and confidently
  • insert a zip into fabric confidently
  • make a clutch bag using metal clasps and decorated fabric
  • make a large holdall bag for the gym, weekend away or shopping
  • learn how free machine embroidery is used to decorate fabric and create texture

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 selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Bag Making

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  • 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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