Sewing project ideas for our weekly Stitch Classes or 1-2-1 lessons

Scroll down to find our classroom projects....

Which can be done in weekly Stitch Classes and 1-2-1 lessons

We have patterns available for most project items (the bring list will tell you if you need to bring your own pattern)

Contact us here if you need any further advice on sewing projects

Experience Levels Explained

Beginner: No sewing experience at all/refresher. 
Once you have learnt to use a sewing machine (in one class or less) and made one item you are an improver
Improver: You have used a sewing machine to make one item or more
Experienced: You have used a sewing machine to make many items including clothing

Pyjama Trousers

Full length - man/woman/child sizes available. Elasticated waist with button holes/ribbon tie
Level: Absolute Beginner and above
Stitch Classes needed: 3 including learning to sew - or book a 4-6 hours of 1-2-1 lessons
Bring:
Click here for details of this project and materials to bring to class

Email us here with any pre-class questions

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Lined Beach Bag  

(Could be made wider if required) 
Level: Absolute Beginner
Classes needed: 1-3 including learning to sew
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:

  • Half a metre of the main bag fabric (is the Hawaiian print on ours). Same amount even of fabric if bag made wider
  • One metre of the lining fabric
  • Thread that goes with the lining (it's the lining that has the visible stitching on it)

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions

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Drawstring sunglass/phone case

Super easy project - can be made in half an hour by an absolute beginner!
Level: Absolute Beginner
Classes needed: 1 including learning to sew
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Mornings or Weekends 
Bring:

  • 25cm length of non stretch fabric eg printed cotton
  • half a metre of ribbon 1-2.5cm wide 
  • A reel of matching colour good quality thread
Or bring nothing and use our free fabric off cuts and buy ribbon from us for 50p mtr and thread used in class for 20p.
  

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Bunting! 

Use our multi-flag pattern for quick and easy bunting
Level: Beginner and above
Classes needed:1-3
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any including learning to sew
We have bunting templates that you can use and you need to bring the following materials with you to class to make 10-flag/5m long strip of bunting:
  • 30cm each of 3 different types of fabric
  • 5m of 1 inch wide bias binding
  • Thread that matches the bias binding

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Zip darted purse

Unlined (easy) and lined (more challenging) versions available 
Level: Beginner 2nd project 
Classes needed: 1-2
Which Stitch Classes to Attend: Any
Bring:
  • 25cm length of non stretch mediulm weight fabric e.g. printed cotton
  • a reel of matching colour good quality thread
  • a 6 inch closed end zip in matching colour
  • (if lining) 25cm lining fabric

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions

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Apron 

This makes a perfect 2nd project for a beginner
Level: Beginner 2nd project
Classes needed: 1-2
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:
  • 1m non stretch fabric
  • 3m 1" wide (contrast or matching) cotton bias binding
  • 1 reel of matching colour (to the fabric or binding) sewing thread

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Button phone case/purse/glasses case

Simple to make and a great excuse to practise buttonholes!
Level: Beginner 2nd project
Classes needed: 1
Which Stitch Classes: Any Stitch Classes after one or more classes learning to use machine (see above)
Bring:
  • 25cm length of non stretch fabric eg printed cotton
  • A reel of matching colour good quality thread

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Sewing Projects for Improvers

Replicate Your Favorite Clothes

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 1-2
Which Stitch Classes: Any
Bring: 

  • A couple of garments to copy (please email Kat a photo of the items you are interested in copying at least a week before the class so that she can approve suitability). 
  • Select simple garments with minimum detail* (gathers, pockets and multiple seams for example, are tricky as a project to learn on)
  • Suitable clothing to try your garment on inc right shoes
  • Women/top halves: wear the bra you would wear with final garment 
  • Money to buy spot and cross paper @75p metre or £1.50 metre for Swedish Tracing Paper
  • Bring glasses if you need them for close up work
*Items suitable for your first go at copying: a simple skirt, t-shirt, simple top, shift dress or trousers (not jeans - you can try these in at a later date, once you've learnt the basics!)

Make Practical Christmas Gifts!

Make any of our 7 gift options in Stitch Classes from mid Nov 2016: Piped cushion
Apron
Fabric Containers
Oven Gloves
Hot Water Bottle cover
Phone case
Stocking
Level: Improver
Classes needed: 1-2
Which Stitch Classes: Any
Bring: see bring list on this page

Make Piped Cushions (zip or overlap back)

A next level cushion - more difficult than a plain zip or overlap but a great result!
Level: Improver
Classes needed: 1-2
Which Stitch Classes: Any
Bring:

  • a cushion pad/inner (up to 20" square in size). We sell 16" sq pads (high quality microfibre filled) for £3.50 - bring cash to class if you would like to buy one 
  • a length of non-stretch medium weight fabric for cushion and purse (e.g. printed cotton) any width from 44" upwards:
  • an 18" cushion need 1 metre - a 20" cushion need 1.6 metre (is enough for purse too)  (You can buy fabric from us on the day - we sell a range of new, reclaimed and vintage fabrics for £5 a metre - just bring cash to class)
  • 5mm diameter piping cord: 1.75m for 16" cushion -- 2m for 18" cushion -- 2.25m for 20" cushion. Available in most fabric shops or haberdasheries
  • for piping cover fabric: half a metre of medium weight non stretch fabric - use a contrast or more of the same cushion fabric
  • a 100m or larger reel of thread matching the main fabric (or use our thread for a 50p) 
  • Optional zip - should be 2 inches shorter than the size of cushion. i.e. a 16" cushion needs a 14" zip
  Email us HERE with any pre-class questions  

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Hot water bottle cover

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 1-2
Which Stitch Classes: Any
Bring:

  • Half a metre short-pile fur fabric
  • 100m reel of matching colour thread
  • 120cm of 1" wide ribbon (or narrower if you prefer)
  • Your hot water bottle to check size in case it's not the same size as ours
  • Glasses if you need them for close up work
  • 30p to buy a piece of velcro from us
  • 50p if you want to make a copy of our pattern to take home
Any pre-class questions? Email us here


Easy Gathered Skirt

An easy quick skirt with optional pockets that can be plain or with added lace. 
Level:  Perfect beginners 2nd project or above. Lace edge pockets take it up a skill level
Classes needed: 2-3 depending on experience

Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any

Bring:  

  • 1.25m of non stretch cotton fabric For a skirt 50cm long - bring an extra half meter for a longer skirt (i.e. 75cm long), or just bring 1m if it's for a child as will be shorter
  • 1 metre of 2cm/¾-inch wide Elastic - white if pale col fabric and black if dark
  • optional piece of wide lace trim to decorate pockets
  • One 100-metre spool of Polyester sewing thread in a colour to coordinate with the fabric
  • 50p if you want to copy the pattern to take home
  • glasses if you need for close up work

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Stretch & knit techniques & t-shirt making  

Make an adult or child's t-shirt from our multi sized pattern and experiment with various seam, hem and neckline finishes
Level: Improver
Classes needed: 3-4
Which Classes: Any 3-4 Stitch Classes or 4-6 hours of 1-2-1 lessons
Bring: click here for full details for this project


Make slippers from your old jeans!

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 1-2
Which Stitch Classes: Any
Bring: see Nancy Minsky's tutorial here for what to bring. We have a printed copy of the tutorial in the classroom and will help you make them!

Tutorial by Nancy Minsky- you can find her blogs, 21centurydressmakers and jeanrepair; read about her eco-chic DIY book filled with denim clothes and accessories 


Alterations, customising & mending

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 1 or more (depends on project)
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:

  • a number of items to mend, alter or customise (we will advise which are suitable for altering)
  • a new zip or buttons for any that need replacing
  • matching sewing thread (or use ours for 30p donation). If fixing hole in jeans bring thread that matches jeans colour at the area that needs fixing as we may not have a match
  • wear vest/leggings/bra you'd usually wear with garment so easy to try stuff on/pin adjustments

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Intro to Corset Making

Level: Improver

Classes needed: 6-10

Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any

Bring:

Please see the full list of what to bring to make your corset on this page

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Make A Dress (non stretch)

Trace off and make a dress from one our our shop bought dress patterns with our guidance on measuring and adjusting the pattern.
Once a great fit is achieved, these basic styles can be used again as a 'template' you can make into different designs.

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 5-10** 
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring/wear:

  • 3m calico fabric or inexpensive medium weight cotton (Fabric Land do great prints at £4 mtr) to make a (wearable*) toile
  • Cash for spot and cross or tissue paper @ 75p metre - or bring one of these patterns (or any other dress pattern) with you - it will save time if you have your own pattern as we won't need spend time tracing one off:
- Top Right Collette Laurel: buy here

- Bottom left Avid Seamstress Sheath Dress: buy here
- Bottom right - Burda 7137: buy here 

Some dress patterns are also available to buy from us.  Please enquire as to what we have in stock or ask a teacher when in class.

  • Wear a slim fitting but not tight vest top and leggings.  Or thin skirt/dress
  • wear the bra you would wear with final dress to each class 
  • Bring your glasses if need 
  • Sample of fabric you'd like to make the dress from (if you have one.)
  • If you have any images of dresses you like or examples from your wardrobe please bring them. Also good to bring a top or dress (non stretch) you like the fit of i.e. how loose or tight it is  
Email us HERE with any pre-class questions

* a 'wearable toile' is the first draft of garment made from a pattern, that may not be quite right and still needs adjusting - but if you make it in inexpensive fabric, it may be good enough to still wear it - you can make the next one in £25 mtr silk!!

** number of classes needed depends on proficiency and amount of homework done


Make Trousers

Trace off and make trousers from one our our shop bought trouser patterns with our guidance on measuring and adjusting the pattern. Once a great fit is achieved, these basic styles can be used again as a 'template' you can make into different designs.
Level: Improver
Classes needed: 6-10
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring/wear:

Pattern available for purchase from us for £8.50


Applique Napkins

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 1-2 
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring/wear:

  • Roll of fabric, napkin based https://www.pipii.co.uk/cotton-napkins-12-on-a-roll.html
  • Fabric scraps or use ours free of charge 
  • 50p to cover use of our thread or bring your own if you know what colour you want to use. Also bobbin is 50p if you want to keep it
  • 50p for bondaweb  
  • glasses if you need for close up work    


Learn Patchwork and Quilting

In our Thursday Stitch Evening Classes with Laura you can learn the art of patchwork and quilting and make a cushion or a quilt (other items can be made - ask us for what to bring)
Level: Improver and above
Classes needed: 2-3 for cushion, 3+ for quilt (depends on size)
Which Stitch Classes: Thursday Stitch Evenings with Laura only
Bring:

To make overlap back CUSHION (to make a section of quilt bring the same but without the cushion pad/back):
- INNER PAD: a cushion to cover or a cushion pad 16-20" sq (can buy from us with cash on the day for £3.50 or from Fabric Land or C& H Fabrics)
- CUSHION FRONT FABRIC: Lots of non stretch fabric scraps - old clothes, baby clothes, memorable fabrics OR 25cm each of 3 different fabrics from a fabric shop. We do have extra scraps too should you want to make a multi-fabric one, you are welcome to use them free of charge
- CUSHION BACK FABRIC: half to 1m (get 1m if your cushion is more than 16" square) of non stretch fabric (at least 1m wide) for the back of the cushion
- THREAD: a reel of thread to sew the pieces together and also for stitching on the top - so choose a colour you're happy to see
- WADDING: if want to quilt it: half to 1m (get 1m if your cushion is more than 16" square) of 2oz or 4oz wadding (it's approx half an inch thick) a bit bigger than the pad you want to make (can buy from Fabric Land or C& H Fabrics)
- We provide: sewing machine (or bring your own if you prefer), scissors, pins, chalk, tape measure etc if you don’t have your own
- Suggestions of where to buy your fabric locally will be given on your booking confirmation, or to see our list of local fabric shops now click here


Learn to Plan and Make Curtains 

Learn planning and making skills or make full size curtains for your home
Level: Improver
Classes needed: 2 for sample curtain, up to 5 or 6 for full size curtains
Which Stitch Class to attend: Any
Bring:
  • See 'bring' list for sample curtain on this page, plus bring £1 for the planning instructions sheets, which you keep
  • To make curtains for your home you'll need to use the first class to plan them (bring a second project as it won't take all class), then go buy cloth/tape amount you worked out in class and start making in your second class

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions



Learn to Plan and Make a Roman Blind

Learn planning & making skills or make full size Roman Blinds for your home
Level: Improver
Classes needed: 2 for sample blind, up to 5 or 6 for full size blinds. 

(Note you will need to attend a 1hr 1-2-1 lesson prior to your first class, in order to prep your blind, whether making sample or full size.  Click here to contact us and arrange a 1-2-1.  We can usually fit this before a class so you can continue on to make the blind!)

Which Stitch Classes to attend: Thursday Stitch Evenings
Bring:

  • See 'bring' list for sample curtain on this page, plus bring £1 for the planning instructions sheets, which you keep
  • To make Roman Blinds for your home you'll need to use the first class to plan them (bring a second project as it won't take all class), then go buy cloth/tape amount you worked out in class and start making in your second class

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Oilcloth Bag or Apron

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 2-3
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:

  • 1m Fabric to make an apron or bag: oilcloth (100% PVC coated cotton), vinyl, leatherette fabric suitable for a tote bag or apron
  • 3m of 1" wide cotton tape for apron straps that contrasts or matches fabric
  • 2m of 25-40mm wide Polypropylene Webbing strap for bag
  • 100m reel of good quality thread that matches the fabric

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Railroad Bag from Purl Soho

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 2-4
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:
  • 70cm of Denim or other fabric i.e.. stripe canvas (is enough for outer bag and pocket-use the reverse for the pocket)
  • 2m of 1" wide Bias Tape
  • 275cm of 3cm(ish) wide cotton webbing
  • A 100m spool of thread matching the bias tape colour
  • A 100m spool of thread matching the webbing colour
  • A jeans-weight sewing machine needle
  • 75p cash to buy paper if you want to make a copy of the pattern
  • 50p for a bobbin if using our machines and what to keep the leftover thread

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Dog Accessories! Baskets/Jackets/Bags 

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 2-4
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:
  • A shop-bought dog accessory sewing pattern plus relevant fabric and trimmings/notions (see back of the envelope). Try Kwik Sew K4020, McCalls 6455 or Simplicity 2297 - google them or click here for our local fabric/pattern shops list

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Make our A-line skirt!

A flattering gentle A-line skirt, fitted perfectly to your measurements.
Level: Improver
Classes needed: 4-5
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:
Please see the bring list on the
Made To Measure Skirt course page, here
Plus bring 75p for your pattern paper used in class and 50p for the bobbin you use with your thread if you want to keep it

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Make our Pencil skirt!

A flattering pencil skirt, with high waist, on the waist or hipster options - fitted perfectly to your measurements.
Level: Improver
Classes needed: 4-5
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:
Please see the bring list on the
Made To Measure Skirt course page, here
Plus bring 75p for your pattern paper used in class and 50p for the bobbin you use with your thread if you want to keep it

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Vintage Dressmaking

We've lots of vintage dressmaking patterns you can copy and we'll help you adapt the size
Level: Improver
Classes needed: 4-10
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:
  • Choose a pattern during your first class here (ask teacher at start of class). Then with our help you'll make a copy pattern and adjustt to your size & work out what fabric and notions to bring for class 2. You may choose to make a calico mock up first before making in good fabric, or use cheap fabric for your mock up as it may turn out well!
  • Bring an extra project to your first class in case preparing your pattern takes less than whole class.
  • Bring £1.50 for any pattern paper used to trace off our pattern
  • wear thin trousers (with few or no pockets) or leggings and a vest top for making clothes so we can fit the pattern to you and/or take full measurements & wear the bra you would wear with final garment to each class   

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Childrens Clothes 

Boys shorts or Girls Dress
Level: Improver
Classes needed: 3-5
Which Stitch Class to attend: Any
Bring:
See 'bring' list on this page
PLUS Bring £1.50 for any pattern paper used to trace off our pattern


Email us HERE with any pre-class questions



Applique 

Do an applique design on some fabric & make it into a cushion or bag. Or apply applique to clothes.
Level: Improver
Classes needed: half to 1
Which Stitch Class to attend: Any
Bring:
  • 50p-£1 for bondaweb, thread and fabric which we can provide in class.
  • If you want to apply applique to a cushion cover, bring it, or make a cushion cover in the class - see above for cushion cover 'bring' list and if you have fabric you want to use for the applique, bring that too.

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Techniques...

...such as Buttonholes, Various pockets, Zips, Various seams, Piping, French seams etc (tell us what you want to learn)
Level: Improver
Classes needed:1-4
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:
Email us HERE to say which techniques you'd like to learn and we will tell you what to bring with you


Knickers 

Use our stretch jersey with stretch lace edging knickers pattern
Level: Improver
Classes needed:2-3
Which Stitch Classes to attend: Any
Bring:
  • 30cm of stretch jersey fabric (from a 130cm or 160cm width roll of cloth) suitable for knickers. Bring £2 just in case what you bring is not suitable and you need to buy 30cm of fabric from us, as we'll have a few spare lengths on hand for emergencies! Knicker elastic is £1 a metre and you will need 2-3m.
  • Instead of new fabric you could bring an old stretch jersey dress or T-shirt (width needs to be at least as wide as half your hip circumference and no skinny tees please!).
  • £2 contribution for your pattern (which you keep) and paper used to trace it off

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Free Machine Embroidery 

Free machine embroidery is a cool creative technique that can be used on T-shirts, skirts & dresses, homewares and furnishings and looks really cute on kids clothes.

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 2
Which Stitch Class to attend: Thursday Evenings with Laura
What to bring:

  • A garment or item to embroider eg a t-shirt, a skirt, a dress, cushion cover. Jeans are not suitable as it's too difficult to get inside the leg. Please email us for advice if you are not sure what to bring, or bring a load of garments and your tutor will advise which are suitable!

  • bring £1-2 to cover thread, bondaweb and any sequins/beads costs
  • bring extra cash if you want to buy fabric and cushion pad from us 
  • if you wear glasses for close up work please bring them
  • bring any pictures you may want to use as inspiration

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Wall Tidy

Learn valuable pocket making skills plus zips and buttonholes whilst making a funky, practical hanging wall tidy for your home, children's room or office.
Level: Improver
Classes needed:4-5
Which Stitch Class to attend: Any
What to bring:
  • 1.25 metre of non-stretch medium weight fabric eg printed cotton (try not to buy anything too flimsy)
  • a reel of matching thread
  • a 6" closed end 'normal' zip
  • 75cm of plain lining fabric
  • a 25 cm length of 1/4 inch of elastic
  • 10cm of interfacing
  • A pot of good quality plastic or glass headed dressmaking pins
  • £1.50 for any pattern paper used to trace off our pattern if you want to keep it

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions




Favourite Stretch Dress

Make a simple stretch dress from our pattern in 4-5 Stitch Classes - make as slim or looser fit from knitted stretch fabric e.g. cotton jersey, viscose jersey. 

Level: Improver
Classes needed: 4-5
Which Stitch Class to attend: Any
What to bring: See bring list on this page for what to bring to your Stitch Class to make this dress.

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions 


Costumes 

Into Cosplay or love fancy dress? 
We'll help you make costumes/accessories for yourself or the kids from a pattern you bring in
Level: Improver
Classes needed:1-10
Which Stitch Class to attend: Any
Bring:

  • A shop bought costume sewing pattern plus relevant fabric and trimmings/notions (see back of the envelope)
  • Or for making your own accessories email us a picture a couple of weeks before your class and we'll let you know if it's doable and what you'll need to bring to make it
  • wear thin trousers (with few or no pockets) or leggings and a vest top for making clothes so we can fit the pattern to you and/or take full measurements.

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions


Vest Top / Camisole / Singlet by 'So Zo' blog

We will take you step by step through the process of making your own vest/camisole/singlet. The garment can be made from jersey fabric or by reusing unwanted T-shirts, we can show you how to do either, or both!
Level: Improver
Classes needed:2
Which Stitch Class to attend: Any
Bring: 
  • 1 metre of jersey fabric (T-shirt weight, preferably with elastane/lycra content) or some large unwanted T-shirts (preferably men's or size large)
  • 2.5m of 5/8" fold over elastic (Ebay do loads) OR stretch lace
  • Your glasses if you need them for close up work
  • Bring 75p for the pattern paper you'll use to trace off our pattern

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions

thanks to Zoe at sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.co.uk/ for this pattern!


Block and Pattern Making from Your Measurements in 1-2-1 Lessons

Level: Improver
Classes Needed: 4-8 hours

Bring:

  • 3m Calico
  • Thread
  • Swatches of the fabric you wish to use on your actual project (if you have them.)
  • Cash for paper @ 75p metre
  • Wear thin trousers (with few or no pockets) or leggings and a vest top for making clothes so we can fit the pattern to you and/or take full measurements.

Email us HERE with any pre-class questions

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Making Clothes from Patterns
If you want to make clothes form a pattern please bring a dressmaking pattern, the required fabric and notions (zips, buttons, thread etc). Wear leggings/tights and a vest top - loose thin trousers/top we can measure you through.

Fashion Design (creating your own patterns/pattern cutting) course is the only course that cannot be covered in Stitch Classes - it can be done as the Fashion Design course or in 121 classes. Once you have learnt the 'pattern cutting' skills on one of these you can then come to Stitch Classes to get support creating your own amazing patterns or making up your garments from patterns made on the course!

Stitch Classes cannot teach these but our courses can: knitting, crochet, pattern cutting & block adaption, in-depth overlocking/get-to-know-your overlocker - please book onto our courses or 121 lessons for these        

Click above to view our Weekly Stitch Class page where you can view upcoming dates and book quickly and conveniently online.  

Please feel free to get in touch about any of the projects on this page.  Or if you have any questions about another project you have in mind, we'll be happy to advise you!

Email us: info@sewinbrighton.co.uk