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 so we can arrange to bring one for you.

Book your place on EventBrite, or email

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

Christmas Wreath Workshop SELondon

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 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
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…

#MIY and wear it to our Launch Party!

Nunhead Corner

Nunhead Corner

Well folks, it’s 3 weeks til blast off! We can’t wait to be in residence at Nunhead Corner and have been ordering some beautiful stock just for the fine crafters of Nunhead to purchase. And in the next few days we hope to bring you our workshop line up of inspirational classes but you can always pop in to use our lovely space any day we’re open and at our craft nights. Doesn’t that sound like a nice way to spend some time?! Continue reading

This week on the web #2; April Fool’s, Easter Projects & Claire Montgomery

Ooh it’s been an interesting week on the web with lots to distract me from all the stuff I should have been doing! So now I’m going to pass it on to you and cause you some procrastination too… It’s only fair!

Did you spot any good April Fool’s this week? I was so impressed to see the crafters getting in on the joke and loved Deramores’ ‘Hover Yarn’ invention and Love Knitting’s Chamelumen spider spun yarn! Very clever and gave me a giggle!

Deramores' Hover Yarn

Deramores’ Hover Yarn

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Make It Yourself (#MIY): Quick fabric corsage tutorial


Perfect for a super speedy gift idea, we managed to put this tutorial together during an evening at the pub. You could still make one in time for Mothers Day, or make for friends’ birthdays the night before… I can’t be the only one with a horrendous memory for dates!

As you’ll see from the atmospheric lighting in the photos, the roaring fire and the slowly emptying glass of wine, we really did make this in one evening, whilst chatting at the pub. So with this Make it Yourself (#MIY) tutorial you can make/do something new.


You will need:

  • A wide narrow strip of light cotton fabric. Ours was about 40” x 3”
  • A small piece of slightly heavier wight fabric
  • A pair of scissors
  • A pen
  • Sewing thread (a sturdy thread, or just double it over as you’ll be pulling it tight)
  • Sewing needle
  • A safety pin

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This Week on the Web #1: craft hacks, new Noro & superheroes!

Craft Hacks idea from Buzzfeed

Craft Hacks idea from Buzzfeed

Every week we’re going to inspire you and hopefully make you chuckle as we bring you a round up of what we’ve spotted online in crafting blogs, websites and shops. So here goes week 1!

I love a good Buzzfeed. To be honest, they’re about the only Facebook links I ever bother to click through to these days, and few disappoint. So when I spotted this one I knew I had to share it with you. It’s a little American (no offence intended US buddies!), but has a couple of great thrifty ideas for crafting. My favourites are the ribbons stored on a kitchen roll holder and the bobbins in the pedicure foam – both will be implemented very soon in my messy craft storage! Continue reading