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.

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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!

makedo-craft workshops Nunhead
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 w.daffin@sky.com or call 0207 277 6523

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

Make/do: Check out our Final Week!

…and here we are. The last few days of Make/do @Nunhead Corner.

But there are still loads of things to drop in for:

Tues 1st @ 8-10pm: Craft Night
IMG_20140606_200431As usual, a plethora of cake & tea will be provided to aid crafting & conversation. Bring whatever you are working on, be it stitching or sticking.
If you don’t have anything, then we’ll have some ideas to spark your imagination to make for good.
We’d love to support some inventive causes including:
I am Supercapes – Bring any large pieces of spare fabric you have and we’ll make some supercapes to give children the power to be children. We’ll have some spare fabric, a template & sewing machines…
Lisa’s Stars – Bring your odd balls of pastel 4-ply & DK to knit some tiny blankets for babies born sleeping  pre-24 weeks. We’ll have the patterns & will send off your completed pieces to the rep for Kings, St Thomas’s & Great Ormond Street.
If you have another charity close to your heart that needs crafters, bring details & we’ll see what we can do.

Wed & Thurs 2nd & 3rd @ 10-6
We’re open for business as usual 10am – 6pm both days, and will have some great last minute offers to tickle your fancy. Browse our wools, fabrics & notions before it all goes a bit bonkers on Thursday night.
This will be your last chance to drop in for craft surgery, to ask us advice, & to use the machines & cutting table.

PIMMS-CUP_hi-resThursday 3rd @ 6-10pm – The Last Hurrah
An evening of Pimms, prizes & promotions. Our last evening in Nunhead Corner we hope will be a great celebration of all that has been created & inspired over the whole 42 days, saluted with some tall glasses crowned with fruit.
Come along with something you have made since 24th May, and we’ll have some prizes to give out.

And we’ll have the biggest haberdashery sale that Nunhead has ever seen* (Disclaimer: *we think) so make sure you are armed with a list of what you need^ (^Need is a flexible term and includes ‘want’, ‘desire’…)

We’d also love you to add to our #MakeDo42 galleries on Facebook & Pinterest. Tweet us your photos to @make_do_crafts and tag #makedo42 and we’ll add them to our galleries.

Make/do Workshops Update… & prizes!

Just 2 weeks into our pop-up, we have had some great workshops, and some happy crafters going home with new skills & homewares. See the photos on our facebook page.

Here are some of the new & updated classes coming up this week, including prizes to be won…

Knitting – For all abilities: Tues 10th @7.45pm

NeedleRoll6No previous experience necessary, but also perfect for those who just need a refresher, or want to learn the next steps, tips & techniques. In this class you’ll get all you need to knit a cosy pair of arm warmers designed by our own Tegwen. Come armed (geddit!!) with any knitting queries you have.

Sign up for this class and you will be in with a chance to go home with a handmade needle roll full of knitting needles, plus a needle gauge, ready for the next project you take on… and the one after that! The lucky winner will be chosen from a hat… very technical!

Book knitting online
Sewing Machine Basics – Sew a cushion: Wed 11th @7.45pm

A change from the advertised bag, we are making this a second run of the Sew a Cushion class by popular request.  Learn the basics of the sewing machine, get in some practice, and then make your own cushion to take home by the end of the class.

Book Sewing Machine skills online
Great British Sewing Bee – Skirts Masterclass: Thursday 12th @10am

Receive personal tutition from the ladies who brought us the books to accompany the recent TV series. Whether you are a relative beginner, or know your way around a sewing machine, choose from one of 2 skirts to create either a simple skirt, or a fitted pencil skirt. You’ll recieve a personalised pattern as part of the class, but you do need to bring your own choice of fabric. We’ll email you more details when you book…

Book Sewing Bee Skirts class online
Weekend Father’s Day drop-ins

During this week, and over the weekend we’ll have plenty of ideas for you to come and make something for Father’s Day. Either come with Dad to do something together, or you could make him a surprise to present to him on Sunday. Get ready to come and have a go!
We’ve ideas for kids from age 3+. No need to book, just pop in.

Step up: Sewing Machine Starter Ideas

We had a great time at our Basic Sewin Machine Skills class this week, and a great bunch of cushions were made from scratch by complete beginners…

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So how do you move on from there and start making other things with those new-found skills?

Here are some of picks from around the web…

A Quick & Easy Skirt

30 Minute Skirt
The Village Haberdashery (who supply all our fabrics) have come up with a simple and quick skirt tutorial. Her 30 Minute Skirt blog post is pretty simple to make and only needs a rectangle of fabric, thread and some elastic. So you could get going on that tonight!
Or if a tube skirt is more your thing, try this from Ma Nouvelle Mode.

Quick Make-up Bag

MakeupBag

A great way of using up some of those smaller pieces in your fabric stash, A quick drawstring bag can be made up in a couple of hours and starts as a basic rectangle, then just add a ribbon or cord drawstring top by folding over the top opening. Makes a perfect gift.
Simply upsize to make a gym bag (or bag to keep all you wool stash in)

A Draped Top

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Basically an extension of a rectangle, but with a little bit of gathering, a draped top is perfect for summer. There are a few patterns around online, or you can make the one in the Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe Book. Luci Kimmings blog takes you through how to do it, plus the details in the book are pretty straight forward. If you’d like a bit of hands-on help then come to our Tops class on Thurs 26th June where the author will giving a masterclass with your personally shaped pattern.

Knitting Needle Roll

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If you are into loads of crafts then you’ll be needing a needle roll to keep all your bits together. IT is basically a square with a few other straight lines to sew. Check out this tutorial for the instructions.

We’d love to know what tips you have for easy starter projects for sewing machine skills.