Although patchwork defies logic – cut it, sew it, cut it, sew it – it produces beautiful results and is an extremely relaxing and rewarding craft. This course is a great introduction to patchwork and will show you how to use a jelly roll to create a unique patchwork wrap to hold your crochet hooks, make up brushes, paint brushes, pencils or other items.
Who Is This Course For?
For those with a basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine but no prior knowledge or experience of patchwork and quilting is needed. This course is designed for those aged 12 years and over, we are currently developing an after school patchwork cushion course for children that will be available soon.
You should be able to thread up a sewing machine, turn a 90 degree corners and sew in a reasonably straight line (the more accurate you are the neater your patchwork will be). If you can’t do this why not start with our beginners sewing machine skills course instead.
We will learn how to use a rotary cutter, a ¼” foot and a walking foot to create a basic square design using a jelly roll. Then we will look at different ways of combining the strips to create different patterns and effects and then we will do some basic quilting using fleece rather than batting or wadding. Lastly we will learn how to make single and double binding too, using jelly roll strips.
First we will sew our strips together, then cut them up and then sew them back together again. It will make a pretty pattern or two, don’t worry it will all be worth it!
We will finish sewing our patchwork together, get to grips with the walking foot to do some basic quilting using fleece and then make a start on making the binding.
We will make a loop for the button, complete our bindings (including a little simple hand sewing) and then work on constructing the pockets of our organiser. Lastly we will add the button to complete our patchwork organiser.
What Should I Bring With Me?
You need to bring a cotton Jelly roll of your choice, ideally with straight, not zig-zag edging. We have a wide selection of Moon Thread, but if you want to use Gutterman or a very specific colour then please bring that with you too!
We will provide the fleece backing and a button for holing it all together. However if you want to buy a button or bring a favourite one with you that’s fine. There will be a limited range of colour choice for fleece backing – please let us know when booking if you have something specific in mind.
What Do I Take Home?
All the skills you learn, your completed patchwork organiser your pattern and a urge to learn more patchwork skills.