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Reconnect With Your Sewing Machine & Make a Tie Top Bag

24 July, 2021, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Bought a Sewing machine during COVID lockdown and need some help to make the most of it? Try this basic class in July and follow up learning how to make clothes, starting with a simple pair of trousers over 5 weeks in September: Trousers Sew-Along.

Get 10% off the Trousers Sew-Along course starting September if you attend this class!

Ease back into sewing or if you want to start afresh with this easy and satisfying soft, lined tie-top bag. The pattern is really a blank canvas for other textile techniques you can try out as well as a great stash buster item.

Your tutor will supply the bag pattern & participants are given requirements list upon enrolment. First hour will be a refresh/review of everyone’s sewing machine and any particular queries. NO REPAIRS/MAINTENANCE CAN BE DONE. Next two hours we will cut out & sew up the bag.

Materials Required:

-Sewing machine with leads, and included accessories plus manual if available.

-Amounts based on 45 inch wide fabric. Medium weight quilting cottons are good. Don’t choose furnishing fabrics for this project. Will give tips for sewing if you want to use heavier weight fabrics for another project.

¾ (.75) meters for outer fabric.

¾ (.75) meters for lining.

1 ½ (1.5) total meters if you want the outer bag + lining to be the same

Piece of medium weight iron on interfacing 35cm x 20cm (14in x 8in). I will have a supply for those attending in person.

-Large sew on snap for closure (18 or 21mm available in most haberdashery supplies).

-Matching all- purpose thread.

-Usual sewing kit to include a fabric scissors, pins etc. If you are just beginning to get a sewing kit together, just bring your own fabric scissors and dressmakers pins for starters.

Bag Pattern will be provided.

A cost of £1.50 for the pattern for those attending remotely.

If you have any queries regarding materials or session content before joining us, please feel free to contact your tutor at – Karen will be happy to help.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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    24 July, 2021
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm


    Karen Odinga


    Braintree Community Centre
    19-21 Bocking End
    Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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    Information for Students

    Some parking is available to the rear of the Centre. If you have equipment to bring in, you can access the building directly into the main hall through the doors in the car park. If the doors aren’t open, please inform the office you have arrived and the doors will be opened for you.

    If you think you may have access difficulties please let us know in advance, as we have accessible facilities available. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor. Wheelchair access is through the door on the front of the Centre.

    Free tea & coffee will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your lunch or you can choose to visit one of the many cafes and takeaways in town.

    Please wear suitable clothing, and if you’re bringing any electrical equipment please ensure that it is in good working order with a solid plug and undamaged wiring – check it before you come!


    Class fees should be paid in advance by card (which can be done over the phone- 01376 323280).

    We will also accept cheques, which will be cashed two weeks before the date of the class once we are sure the class will run, and should be made payable to Braintree & Bocking Community Association.

    There may be an additional cost for appropriate materials, which if applicable, should be paid to the tutor on the day of the class – please check the class details.

    Cancellation policy

    Fees are non-refundable from two weeks before the class unless we can sell the space to another student (subject to a minimum of six students booked). Fees may be transferable at our discretion.

    Please understand that the Centre cannot afford to run classes at a loss, since we are a charity. As such, classes may be cancelled if we are unable to achieve a minimum number of students. If this is the case, you will be informed two weeks before the date of the class and your fee will be refunded.