Spring Get Sewing Course

Back by popular demand, and just in time to brush on those sewing machine skills and learn to make some simple things including a cute summer top in time for the warmer weather (Let’s be optimistic!!)

The Get Sewing course is 5 sessions aiming to get you from zero to hero (in the sewing machine world) and confident on your machine. We’ll make sure every setting on the machine gets a look in, and after 5 weeks on the trot you’ll become firm friends.

As Maya Angelou said,
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
So lets get using it!!

Starting Feb 20th 2018, and running for 5 consecutive Tuesdays 8-10pm at The Green Nunhead, SE15 3QQ.
It costs £130 including all refreshments, resources and materials (except for that summer top, as we thought you’d like to choose your own. You know your style better than us!)

Just bring along your sewing machine (it’ll be so thrilled to be coming out of the loft/from under the stairs…). If you don’t have a machine yet let us know when booking so we can bring one along for you.

Book via hello[at]make-do-crafts.co.uk or via Eventbrite (includes booking fee)


Creative Workshops

There are so many creative people in South East London, and we are inviting just a few of them to host one-off workshops in the lead up the Christmas, enabling you to try a new skill, and to create hand-made gifts and elements for Christmas.

Sign up for the classes using the links below (with booking fee) or email hello@make-do-crafts.co.uk to reserve your place. These are great fun to do as a group of friends, and will include lashings of refreshments.

Calligraphy with A-Laise

Tues 14th Nov  £45
Everything you need to know to create beautiful calligraphy, starting from the basics. Class includes ink, nib and paper to take home, plus the artwork and gift tags you create in the class.
Book calligraphy Workshop


Origami Christmas decorations
Tues 21st Nov  £15
Lucy from Material will guide us with her expert origami skills to create some smart and minimalist decorations in various sizes for dramatic impact.
Book origami workshop


Tinyjohn_Front_websmallLondon Terrariums
Tues 28th Nov  £40
Join London Terrariums for a festive evening in Nunhead for an evening making your own Tinyjohn Terrarium! You will learn how a terrarium works and create your own exciting miniture garden to take home.
Book London Terrariums Workshop

Sew Your Own Christmas Stocking


Sew a stocking
Tues 5th Dec   £20
Learn the basics of a sewing machine and create a Christmas stocking that will brighten someones Christmas morning for years to come. No experience necessary. If you have a sewing machine bring it along to get to know your own machine.
Book Sew a Christmas Stocking


Create a Wreath

Tues 12th Dec   £40
A G Flowers are repeating last years popular wreath making course, to create a Christmas wreath for your door from a range of foliage and accessories.
Book Create a Christmas Wreath

All classes are held at The Green, Nunhead (SE15 3QQ) Tuesdays from 8-10pm.
Prices include all materials and refreshments. No experience necessary

Classes at Really Maria

If you have missed the start of the 5 week course at The Green, then you can still catch individual classes over the next couple of months, plus some added extras.
The following classes will be held at Really Maria haberdashery, Lordship Lane, East Dulwich and include use of her Janome sewing machines. You will need to provide your own fabrics and notions.

Each class is a stand alone class, so you can pick and choose the one that suits you and your ability:


How to use a sewing machine
Tues 21st Nov – 10am-12midday
Learn the basics of the sewing machine, from threading up to making button holes. You’ll use nearly every setting on the Janome machine, plus gain some handy tips for the starter for new project ideas you can try at home..

Sew Christmas Decorations £35
Sat 2nd Dec 10am-12midday
Make a variety of Christmas decoration whilst using the basic settings of the sewing machine, and some hand finishing techniques.

You will need to know the basics of the sewing machine for these classes
Make Pyjama trousers
Tues Oct 10th – 10am-2.30pm (with 30min break for lunch)
Learn how to read a commercial pattern, cut and make a pair of pyjama trousers, with other garment making tips and hints.

Make a childs dress
Tues 7th Nov 10am-12.30  or  Mon 20th Nov – 7.30-10pm
Using the chest and height measurements for a child, you will create a basic pattern and start a simple childs dress suitable for ages 2-10.

Make a tunic top
Tuesday 28th Nov 10am
Using your own measurements you will create a personal pattern and then make a basic tunic top, leaning the basics of garment making and how to ‘pattern-hack’ to make more garments from the same basic pattern.

To book, visit the Really Maria shop or head to her website

Get Sewing Autumn Course

learn to sew in 5 weeks

Get Sewing – 5 week course – starts 19th Sept 2017

Get to grips with using your sewing machine whilst making a range of projects for your home and wardrobe, including tote bag, make-up bag, and a simple t-shirt top…Perfect for beginners, or those who need a refresher or some inspiration and encouragement to get sewing again.

During the 5 week course you’ll learn what all those dials do on your machine, and get some practice making lovely projects that are easy to replicate and adapt. Threading your machine each week, and using a variety of skills and settings, you’ll gain the confidence to carry on sewing at home.
Each class also offers Step Up ideas, if you are ready to push your skills a bit further.

The course includes all materials, plus the necessary tea & cake…

5 consecutive Tuesdays 8-10pm. Starts Tuesday 19th Sept 2017 ’til 17th Oct 2017
At The Green community centre, Nunhead.

The course is designed for you to get to know your own machine really well, but if you’d like to learn to use a machine before you buy one, then let us know.

Either book online via EventBrite, or email to reserve your place.

Get Sewing: Beginners Machine Sewing course

cushioncoverworkshop_makedoTuesdays 8-10pm at The Green, Nunhead
Next Course: Tuesday 10th Jan – weekly till 7th Feb

Did you get a new sewing machine for Christmas?
Or had one sat gathering dust for a while?

Get Sewing is a 5 week course to give you confidence to use you machine and make a variety of projects, accompanied by tea and cake (totally essential!) All materials and refreshments provided (unsless stated). Bring your own sewing machine to start a lifelong partnership (but if you don’t have one email us before booking so we can make sure we have one for you.)

Starting with the basics of threading up your machine and sewing in a straight line, we’ll make a cushion cover in week one. In week two you’ll master the zipper foot, making a handy make-up bag. (You’ll be making these as gifts for all your friends this year.)
Then we’ll measure you up and create an easy no-pattern garment (you bring your choice of fabric for this)
For those who get the basics quickly, each project has Step Up ideas to take your project a bit further.

By the end of the 5 weeks you will have been introduced to all the settings, feet & dials on your machine, and go away with some ideas for sewing on your own. You’ll learn basic fabric handling and the different fabrics and their uses, and how to adjust your machine accordingly.

Cost: £130

When & Where?
Tuesdays 8-10pm at The Green, Nunhead, SE15 3QQ
Next Course: Tuesday 10th Jan – weekly till 7th Feb

What’s Included?
All materials, fabric & thread is included, (except the garment class where we think you’d prefer to choose your own) and plenty of tea and cake

What do I need to bring?
Yourself & your sewing machine. You may also find it useful to have your own pair of fabric scissors, pins & tape measure.
If you don’t yet have a sewing machine then email niki@make-do-crafts.co.uk so we can arrange to bring one for you.

Book your place on EventBrite, or email niki@make-do-crafts.co.uk

Get Sewing in 2017!

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With slow fashion being one of the rising issues in the last few years, there has also been a burst of interest in learning sewing skills, plus a huge range of independent pattern makers are creating amazing designs suitable to make at home making home sewing an exciting way to create personal style…

So for the budding fashionista, sewing-your-own is the way to go.

If you are stuck for the perfect Christmas Gift, then why not get them a voucher towards sewing classes to give the skills they need to create gifts, garments & garlands from scratch.

zipped_bag_diy_makedocraftsMake Do sewing classes in Nunhead start from beginner level; learning or refreshing all the basics of machine sewing and creating projects at each session along the way, then Step Up classes for those with more know-how who want to push themselves.
See the Workshops page for the current schedule and more details.

To order a voucher for someone, email us to choose an amount – either up to £25 for a one-off Step Up class, or any amount up to £130 for the beginners 5-session course.
We will then email you a voucher to print out to give to your recipient, who can then choose the class they’d like to attend.

If you’d like to secure their place on a particular course, then you can book either by email or via Eventbrite.

Vouchers are valid for a year.

Create a Wreath Workshop

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We are so excited to be collaborating with the super talented Wendy from AG Flowers to bring you this special one-off Christmas Wreath DIY Workshop. The 2 hour session is Mon 12th December at 7.30pm, at The Green, Nunhead, SE15 3QQ

With mulled wine & mince pies in hand, we will be guided by Wendy and her team to decorate a wreath with a variety of foliage and accessories, creating something which will impress your neighbours.

The £40 session includes wreath and bouquet demonstrations, all wreath making materials and festive refreshments, PLUS one participant will win a hand tied bouquet, courtesy of AG Flowers.

To reserve your place, either pop in to AG Flowers, or email hello@make-do-crafts.co.uk

Book with a friend to make a fun and social evening of it…

New Autumn Workshops

Make Do is back! With a whole new line up of workshops this autumn, to get you crafting away in front of the fire during the winter evenings…

Beginners Sewing Machine class – Christmas version!Sew Your Own Christmas Stocking

A 5 week course starting on Monday 7th November, teaching you all the skills you need for using your sewing machine with confidence. As an added bonus we’ll be making things for Christmas – for your home, and gifts that can be easily replicated and adapted. Including: A Christmas stocking, advent calendar, zipped bag and Christmas decorations.
£130 for 5 sessions. All materials (& tea & cake) are included.
Just bring along the sewing machine you have hiding away under the stairs…
7.30 – 9.30pm at The Green Nunhead.

To book a place, email niki@make-do-crafts.co.uk
Spaces are limited to 6 people per class. Booking essential.
Stay tuned for a whole timetable of November sewing & crafting classes at Really Maria on Lordship Lane…

One hand in my pocket

what you will need for the pockets tutorialWhat item of clothing is complete without pockets? Strangely, most manufacturers these days seem to think it’s the first place to cut costs (less fabric maybe? Less machine time? Less pattern paper? Who knows) and so upsettingly few dresses now come with pockets. I can understand not putting pockets on bodycon or wiggle dresses, but on a dress with a floaty or full skirt frankly there’s no excuse. I mean, where else are you going to keep your lip balm? Or your rhubarb and custards and pear drops?

So, what happens when you find a dress you HEART, which is pocket free? Do you stuff the lip balm in your bra? Forego the sweets? Fret not. I have the answer. In a few simple steps we’re going to learn how easy it is to add pockets to most skirts and dresses. Continue reading