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 w.daffin@sky.com or call 0207 277 6523

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

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

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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.

Be inspired by #makedo42

upcycled vintage tea cup pin cushions - #makedo42

upcycled vintage tea cup pin cushions – #makedo42

New Year’s day 2014 saw the beginning of a social media trend for the #100days of happiness, posting one photo everyday for 100 days showing something that makes you happy.
Then along comes May, and the third incarnation of the #MeMadeMay hashtag, wearing something everyday for the month of may that you have made, and posting photos.

– Craft makes us happy.
– We love making things, to wear, (or for the home or the kids).
– The make/do pop-up runs for 42 days.

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The Workshop Schedule is launched!

With less than a week to go till the grand launch, we can now reveal the exciting plans we have for the space, including workshops by the experts, pattern classes from Tessa Evelegh (of Great British Sewing Bee fame), craft & chat evenings and drop-in sessions for kids during half term & Fathers Day.

There are loads of different classes; for beginners & improvers in knitting, sewing & crochet, for using patterns to make garments… There are more details on our Workshops page. But do drop in anytime to have a chat with us, to ask advice, to buy bits & kits to get crafting at home, or to browse ideas on our inspiration wall.

Peruse the calendar at your leisure and then book for the classes through the Workshops page.

Make Do leaflet & timetable