Make a bag or cushion from recycled fabric

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth

Who is this course for?

Learn to make your own cushion cover or bag from recycled fabrics.

If you’ve never sat at a sewing machine before, or have forgotten how to sew then this a fun way to learn or relearn, in a group of people who are also new to sewing!

Course content

You will be creating a cushion cover or a simple tote bag using upcycled fabric. This could be from clothing, jeans or curtain fabric. You will learn how to set up the sewing machine, how to sew seams and finish edges.

Support and feedback

To find out how you are getting on, you will have one-to-one discussions with your tutor.

If you feel you require any support for your learning, please talk to a tutor or centre staff who will arrange for you to receive support or talk to a learning support tutor. Any information given will be treated confidentially.

Additional costs and requirements

No previous experience is required. We have Janome sewing machines for you to use in our workshop. Please bring some

Fabric with you, some old clothes or curtain fabric would be ideal. A basic sewing kit would be useful but not essential. Please don’t buy anything especially for this workshop. Useful items include: Needles, threads, fabric scissors, paper scissors, embroidery scissors, a stitch ripper, pins in a pin cushion, a tape measure. Please store all items in a tin or box.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

Sam Brown, tutor for Learn Devon offering courses in design, crafts and employability skills. Her background is in Graphic Design, an Interior Designer and Manager in interior and fashion retail.

Sam qualifications include BA (Hons) in Design/Typography from the University of Plymouth and diplomas in Interior Design and Fashion and Textile Design.

Sam includes combining old and new technologies in her work from hand embroidery to digitally printed fabrics.

“I love teaching adults new skills – whether for pleasure or to pursue a new career, every course is unique in that friendships are formed, skills are learnt and dreams are followed.” – Sam Brown, Tutor, Learn Devon

Start date29 April 2020
End date29 April 2020
Start time10:00
End time13:30
Concessions not available